Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture



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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents a guest lecture by Emory University professor Todd Cronan on June 24. In conjunction with the current exhibition The Art Books of Henri Matisse, Cronan will discuss Matisse's Hands.

The last years of Henri Matisse’s remarkable career were devoted to the exploration of a new mode of artistic creation and expression. Matisse’s late cut-outs comprise one of the most extraordinary events in the history of modern art and yet the meaning of the work remains enigmatic. This lecture will explain some of the underlying themes, ideas, meanings and motivations behind the late cut-outs.

The lecture will trace the history of Matisse's late period from 1939 until his death in 1954, focusing on key works and shared sets of thematic and visual features that reveal an underlying set of concerns throughout this period, including his book illustrations.

About Todd Cronan 

Todd Cronan is Associate Professor of Modern Art at Emory University. He completed his Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2010, he held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of California, Berkeley and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His primary research focus is modern art (painting, photography and architecture) in Europe and North America and theoretical issues around intention, affect and expression. His articles have been published in journals including The Art Bulletin, The Brecht Yearbook, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Design and Culture, History of Photography and New German Critique.


Cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Lecture at 7 p.m. 


Tickets for the guest lecture are $10 for non-members and $6 for Individual, Family, Supporting and Sustainer members. Tickets are free for Firebird Society and Modernist Society members. Buy tickets (Tickets may also be purchased by phone 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk.)

The Louise Bernstein Distinguished Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Mark Bernstein and family in honor of Louise Bernstein.

Image: Todd Cronan. Photo courtesy of Todd Cronan

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