- Monday | October 4, 2021
- 10:30 am
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Monday, October 4 10:30 a.m./
MARY CASSATT –AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST w/ SYLVIA LAUDIEN-MEO
Mary Cassatt is amongst the most important and innovative American Impressionist painters who lived as an ex-pat in Paris, working closely with Edgar Degas and other leading artists of the time, exploring new modern techniques in printing techniques and the use of pastel. She also played a leading role in the creation of American art collections like that of the Havemayer family, now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While her work is extremely beautiful and relatable in its depiction of women and children, her approach was quite progressive and even feminist in many ways and she even contributed to the women’s building at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893!
When I came here for the first time from my native Germany, I was a young art history student. I’m still exploring New York; it’s still breathtaking. I’m part of it now, part of its pulse. My passion is for people – the ways we chose to navigate the world, we create our world, create culture, rhythms of living.
I love sharing my passion for this city! I was born and raised in Germany. After finishing high school I moved to Paris, France to study French language and culture, earning a degree in Tourism from the Ecole Superieure de Tourisme. Back in Germany I studied at the Joh, Gutenberg University in Mainz: Art History, history and American Studies. During my Masters program I won a scholarship for Columbia Univ. in NYC – perfect!
The learning always continues: designing and teaching classes at FDU, researching artists and exhibitions at the museums I work at (MoMA, Guggenheim, The Jewish Museum), following the development of neighborhoods like Dumbo, Williamsburg, the Meatpacking District and the Lower East Side, new constructions: skyscrapers, waterfront, memorials – the city is forever changing!