Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

Columbus Museum of Art

Located in Lower Level Walter Wing
On view April 5–August 18, 2024

Admission Information

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris is included with the cost of general admission.

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Exhibition Description

Beginning in the early 20th century, French artist Marie Laurencin (1883–1956) created a unique pictorial world that placed women at the center of modern art. With a highly original painting style that defied categorization, she moved seamlessly between the male-dominated cubist avant-garde, lesbian literary and artistic circles, and the realms of fashion, ballet, and decorative arts.

This exhibition explores Laurencin’s career, from her self-portraits to her collaborative decorative projects; from her early cubist paintings to her signature work—feminine and discreetly queer—that defined 1920s Paris. Presenting 38 works by Laurencin, it examines how her visualization of a “sapphic modernity” subtly but radically challenges existing narratives of modern European art.

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris is organized by the Barnes Foundation and curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, consultant curator, and Cindy Kang, curator at the Barnes.

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Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

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Related Programming

Unraveling Gender
Unraveling Gender: Pop Culture’s Influence on Self-Presentation
June 6, 6:00–8:00 PM

Explore the intricacies of gender expression as reflected in the exhibitions Robin F. Williams: We’ve Been Expecting You and Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris.

The evening starts with a guided gallery experience exploring how these artists navigate themes of identity, gender, and societal expectations through their art, followed insightful dialogue and interactive activities facilitated by Dr. Meghna Mahambrey, founder of SPARK Relationship + Sexual Wellness, where guests will challenge these norms and redefine the boundaries of gender expression.

This immersive experience invites you to question, reflect, and embrace the diverse spectrum of self-expression. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or new to the conversation, “Unraveling Gender” promises to inspire meaningful discussions and ignite personal insights you’ll carry with you well beyond the evening.

Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers and includes one drink ticket redeemable that evening at Schokko Café during BAM Thursdays, open until 10:00 PM.


Thank You to Our Supporters

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris is presented by the Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence

Generous support is also provided by

Additional funding is provided by
Annegreth Nill
Nanette Solomon

The following donors are gratefully acknowledged for supporting both Robin F. Williams: We’ve Been Expecting You and Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous
Carol Andreae and Jim Garland
Beth Crane and Richard McKee
Betsy and Brian Ross

Carol and Dave Aronowitz
Felicia Bernardini
Kiehner Johnson Family Fund
Peggy and Bob Walter
Seanna and Matt Walter
John Wirchanski

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous
Lucy Ackley and Robert Collier
Ben Addison
Ron and Louisa Green
Mary Lazarus
Gabriel J. Mastin
Peg Mativi
Mary Ellen Ryan
Members of Stonewall Trailblazers

Marie Laurencin, Woman Painter and Her Model (Femme peinte et son modèle), 1921. Oil on canvas. François Odermatt Collection. © Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2023

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