Cézanne and American Modernism

February 14–May 23, 2010

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Paul Cézanne. Fruit and Jug on a Table


Oscar Bluemner. Jersey Silkmills (Paterson). 1911 (repainted 1917). Private Collection. Photographer: Peter S. Jacobs, Fine Arts Photography

Bluemner, an architect, was inspired to become a painter after seeing Cézanne’s one-man show at gallery 291 in 1911. He empathized with Cézanne’s struggle to harmonize all pictorial elements into “the artistic whole.” Bluemner began this painting in 1911, using an Impressionist style. After seeing Cézanne’s work, he returned to the composition six years later with a new interest in color and structure, creating a very modern and vibrant view of an urban landscape.


Be Inspired by Cézanne

Deepen your understanding of Cézanne’s art and impact on American artists—and explore your own creativity—with an artful menu of events this spring at the BMA. Our Free Family Sunday activities throughout the month of April are Cézanne-themed.

Third Thursdays Curatorial Tour
Cézanne and American Modernism

Thursday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.
2/18 Exhibition Ticket Required

Enjoy special tour of Cézanne and American Modernism with BMA Senior Curator of European Painting & Sculpture Katy Rothkopf. Reserve your space by calling 443-573-1823 or e-mailing thirdthursdaytours@artbma.org.

Teacher Workshop
Learning from Cezanne: Brushstrokes, Patches & Planes

Saturday, March 6, 9:00 a.m. ‒ 1:00 p.m.
$20, Advance Registration Required

Learn more about the French master through a lecture with introduction to online resources, exhibition tour with audio guide, and hands-on activities. Contact Landre@artbma.org

Artful Conversations
Cézanne: A Beacon of Modernity

Sunday, March 7, 3:00 ‒ 4:00 p.m.

Join Katy Rothkopf, BMA Senior Curator of European Painting & Sculpture, Ellen Handy, Associate Professor at the City College of New York Department of Art, and Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator of the Montclair Art Museum, for an in-depth discussion on the exhibition. A catalogue signing follows the event. Arrive early, as space is limited.

Curatorial Perspectives: Cézanne and American Modernism

Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. ‒ 1:00 p.m.
$75 non-Members; $60 BMA Members

Enjoy an intimate exhibition tour with Senior Curator Katy Rothkopf followed by a discussion and Provence-inspired luncheon at Gertrude’s restaurant. Limited to 10 participants.

To register, call 443-573-1832 or email programs@artbma.org.

Free Family Sundays
Brushstrokes, Patches, and Paul Cézanne

Sundays in April, 2:00 ‒ 4:00 p.m.

Paul Cézanne has inspired generations of artists with his explosive colors and bold brushstrokes. This month, young artists will share ideas, techniques, and inspiration as they create their own Cézanne-inspired works of art.

April 4:
Eye Spy ‒ Learn a new way to play “I Spy”: Grab a partner and see if they can draw/paint exactly what you tell them as you see it with your own eyes.

April 11:
Sensational Still-Life Paintings ‒ With a friend, build a still-life subject from found-objects and draw what you see. Now, swap, and paint your pal’s picture for them!

April 18:
Get Out and Paint!* ‒ Pick up a paintbrush and join outside the BMA for some landscape painting in the fresh air. *If there is rain, the workshop will be indoors.

April 25:
Family Tour ‒ Who Inspires You?

Late Night Closing Party
Cézanne Fast Forward

Friday, May 21, 7:00 ‒ 10:30 p.m.
$5 non-Members; FREE for BMA Members at the Door (Free ticket quantities vary according to Membership level.)

The final weekend for Cézanne and American Modernism begins with an unforgettable late-night closing party. DJ, light fare, and cash bar are provided.

Rose Burt, 7 p.m.
Rose Burt pairs sound recordings of Baltimore with light-filled visuals.

Daniel Conrad and Andy Hayleck, 7:20 p.m.
It's easy to get lost in the mesmerizing images Daniel Conrad projects with his digital chromaccord. Find harmony in the compelling colors, intriguing afterimages, and music by Andy Hayleck.

Kyle Bennett, 8:10 p.m.

Inspired by Cézanne’s landscapes and the February blizzards, Kyle Bennett and his laptop quartet present an aural representation of Baltimore snowscapes.

Richard Chartier, 8:30 p.m.
Close your eyes to take in the intense tones and textures of Richard Chartier's astounding digital landscapes. Chartier interprets Cézanne's work with computer-generated sound.

Adam T. Rush, 9:20 p.m.
Viewers' spontaneous vocal reactions to Cézanne and American Modernism are manipulated and laced with ambient noises from the BMA's galleries for this innovative performance by Adam T. Rush.

Sejayno, 9:40 p.m.
This experimental group's multimeida, psychedelic opera Cézanno will take viewers to the late 19th century when Cézanne created the majority of his paintings and inspired a generation of artists.

Sponsored by the BMA’s Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Media sponsor: 89.7 WTMD, Radio for Music People

Purchase tickets at the BMA Box Office—or online or by phone at 1-800-919-6272 (service charges apply to online and phone transactions).