What: Selected Works by Honoré Daumier (1808-1879)
When: April 24-July 14, 2014. UND Art Collections Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: University of North Dakota Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks
Additional details: Free Public Reception: Thursday, April 24, from 4:30-7 p.m. The exhibition’s reception will have a 19th century French theme with period music and performances on the Empire Arts Center stage. Free refreshments will also be served.
About the artist, Honoré Daumier, and the exhibition:
Daumier was an important French artist of the 19th century. He specialized in lithography. His satirical art often addressed political and social issues of his day. UND currently has more than 180 original prints by Daumier in its collections, from which the pieces in the show were carefully selected by a team of UND faculty curators that included Sarah Mosher (Languages, French) , Gregory Gordon (Law), Gary Towne (Music), Kim Fink (Art & Design), and Arthur Jones (Art & Design).
Because the Empire Arts Center attempts to promote the works of regional artists, as well as nationally and internationally prominent ones, two local artists were asked to make lithographs for the show in the manner and spirit of Daumier. The local featured artists are Joel Jonientz and Samuel Schultz. Because of the recent passing of Jonientz, who was an associate professor at UND, the exhibition is dedicated in his memory.
The day the exhibition opens, Thursdays, April 24, coincides with the date in 1792 when the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” was composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
The date the exhibition closes, July 14, coincides with the date in 1795 that “La Marseillaise” was officially made the French national anthem. July 14 also is Bastille Day, the day that launched the French Revolution in 1789.
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