By Michael Granberry, the Dallas News, February 6, 2014–The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University expands the focus of its stunning Joaquin Sorolla exhibition by hosting an international symposium dealing with the artist’s work.
Moderated by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the painter’s great-granddaughter and the exhibition’s curator, the symposium will include such guest speakers as Alisa Luxenberg, professor of 18th- and 19th-century European art at the University of Georgia, and Lucía Martínez, conservator at the Prado Museum.
Marcus Burke, senior curator at the Hispanic Society of America, will give a lecture titled “The Right Time and the Right Place: Sorolla and the Hispanic Society.” Burke will explore the important relationship between Sorolla and the Hispanic Society, whose founder, Archer Milton Huntington, helped launch the artist’s career in the U.S. Luxenburg will give a talk titled “Sorolla and la Españolada: In Search of the Authentic Spain.” The lecture will focus on Sorolla’s ambivalence toward certain stereotypes of Spain and what it means to be an “authentic” Spanish artist. “I’m grateful to the Meadows Museum for organizing this one-of-a-kind exhibition and symposium, and I’m looking forward to hearing my colleagues discuss Sorolla’s life, career and the profound impact he had on the world of art,” Pons-Sorolla says.
Read more and see a smashing Sorolla slide show on Dallas News.com: http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/michael-granberry/20140206-museum-spotlight-smu-expands-stunning-sorolla-exhibition-with-international-symposium-at-meadows.ece?ssimg=1342765#ssStory1422265
And here’s a wonderful five-minute video entitled “Sorolla and America:”