Gauguin and Colonialism: Art and Encounter in French Polynesia [CANCELLED]

Thursday, September 5, 2019,
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
National Gallery of Canada Auditorium
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our guest speaker is unable to travel to Ottawa to deliver her lecture.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

With Elizabeth C. Childs
Department Chair
Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History
19th and 20th Century European Modernism
Department of Art History and Archaeology
Washington University in St. Louis

Elizabeth Childs considers the experience of Paul Gauguin in the French colonies (particularly Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands), and its impact on the production of his highly individual and innovative art of the 1890s. His ideas of the Pacific region were shaped by literature, popular exhibitions, government propaganda about the colonies, and his own experiences of global travel. Near the end of his life, he would write critically about the failings of colonialism and the imposition of western religion on indigenous culture, even while benefitting from his enduring links to a Parisian art world.

In English. French simultaneous interpretation is available, if a request is made to [email protected] before August 29, 2019.

Free admission. Seating in the Auditorium is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, September 5, 2019,
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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