Dr. Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and UF Research Foundation Professor at the University of Florida, will discuss her efforts to bring the eighteenth century to life in the recent exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, which first opened at the Harn Museum of Art in fall 2017.
The focus of the exhibition, which Dr. Hyde co-curated with the late Mary Sheriff, were the factors that shaped how one "became," Beauvoir’s insight that “one is not born, but becomes a woman.” In addition to highlighting eighteenth-century gender issues that remain relevant today, Hyde made the unusual choice of writing the central exhibition catalogue essay in the character of a fictional woman artist, “Adèle Pastel.” Dr. Hyde will discuss this choice and how it impacted visitors' experience of the exhibition.
Less formal than a lecture presentation, Conversations are designed to be programs where staff and guests can share research projects or topics of special interest. This Conversation will take place in the Chao Lecture Hall - please remember to allow extra time to walk or take a tram to the Center for Asian Art.
► Support for this event was provided by New College's Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast initiative, funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Click here to learn more.