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Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body

Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body


The Monuments
Please join Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900, for a discussion about The Gates of Hell in Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body.

At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the human form. This installation spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures essential to telling his story and representing his groundbreaking engagement with the body. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Cantor Arts Center, the largest collection of sculptures by Rodin in an American museum, it also presents comparative works by his rivals, mentors, admirers, and imitators.

IMAGE: Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) The Gates of Hell (La Porte de l'Enfer)1880-c.1900. Bronze. 

Cantor Arts Center, Susan and John Diekman Gallery

Registration is not required. This program is free and open to the public.