Wednesdays@2: Wyeth and Cadmus: Dance, Music, and Male Muses

November 18, 2020
2:00 PM

Location: Online


Dr. Amanda Burdan, curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, joins Dr. David Stark, chief curator, in an online conversation about Jamie Wyeth’s portraits of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, currently on view in the Ross wing. The works in this installation, on loan from the Brandywine, show the dancer Nureyev, a superstar in his day, both onstage and off, in compelling paintings and sketches by Wyeth, son of famed painter Andrew Wyeth. The curators will also discuss a second installation with a musical theme: four preparatory drawings, recently acquired, now hanging next to a major painting in the CMA collection, Le Ruban Dénoué: Homage à Reynaldo Hahn by Paul Cadmus. This provocative painting, whose title translates as “The Ribbon Untied,” depicts Hahn, a turn- of-the-century Parisian composer, in an erotic fantasy, surrounded by male muses. Although of different generations, Cadmus and Wyeth had much in common, as the conversation will reveal. This program is free, registration requested.

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