On January 26, 2018, Rémi Mathis, Curator, Department of Prints and Photographs at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, gave APS’s third Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center. Mathis’s talk, “A Means to an End: The Process of Understanding French Prints,” examined 17th-century French printmaking and its broader relationship to cultural, economic, and political forces during this period based on the holdings of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
APS’s second Distinguished Scholar Lecture was delivered on May 12, 2017, by Harriet Stratis, former Senior Research Conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago [retired]. Stratis’s talk, “There’s More to the Story: Integrating Paul Gauguin’s Artistic Practice into an Exhibition Narrative,” presented Stratis’s research on Gauguin’s works on paper in preparation for the exhibition, “Paul Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist,” opening at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 25, 2017. This exhibition represents the culmination of years of research that began in Chicago the late 1980s and celebrates publication of the Art Institute’s online scholarly catalog dedicated to Gauguin’s paintings, ceramics, and graphic works in the museum’s collection. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.