Exhibition Programs for Face and Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise

Gaston Lachaise
(American, b. France, 1882–1935)
Standing Woman (Elevation), 1912-15
Bronze, 73 7/8 x 32 x 17 3/4 in.
The Lachaise Foundation
© The Lachaise Foundation

Gaston Lachaise
(American, b. France, 1882–1935)
Nude on Steps, 1918
Polychromed marble, 29 3/8 x 20 x 2 1/2 in.
The Lachaise Foundation
Courtesy Colby College Museum of Art
Image: Peter Siegel

Gaston Lachaise (1882–1935)
Portrait of E. E. Cummings, 1924
Bronze, 14 1/4 in.
The Lachaise Foundation
© The Lachaise Foundation

Face and Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise
September 22, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Teachers’ Preview: Face and Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Preview includes staff tours of the exhibition followed by the presentation of school program and teacher’s materials.  Curriculum connections to art and language arts will be highlighted.  Student docent information will also be available.  (.1 CEU) Open to schoolteachers only.  

Monday Art History Lecture Series: Gaston Lachaise and 20th Century American Sculpture
Mondays, October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012, 10:00 am.

A series of four lectures presented in conjunction with the exhibition that trace the development of 20th century sculpture in America in the context of the work of Gaston Lachaise.
October 8: Gaston Lachaise: An Affair with “Primitivism”, Larissa Bailiff, Independent art historian and Education Lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art.
October 15: Gaston Lachaise, Paul Manship and the Art of Rockefeller Center, Paula Stuttman Part-time Assistant Professor at The New School for Public Engagement, and lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
October 22: Sculpture in America 1935 – 1945, Angela Garcia Education Lecturer Museum of Modern Art
October 29: Sculpture after 1945, Molleen Theodore Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow, Yale University Art Gallery; Education Lecturer, Museum of Modern Art
Lectures begin promptly at 10:00 am. 
Series price for Museum members is $15; single lectures are $5 members, $7 non-members.  Advance reservations and payment are strongly recommended. Send check or credit card # with expiration date to:  Monday Lectures, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830.  Please include your name and phone number.

Fall 2012 Hascoe Lecture Series: Gaston Lachaise
Thursdays, October 11, November 1, December 6, 2012, 7:30 pm.

The Hascoe Lecture Series for fall 2012 will explore the art of early twentieth-century French sculptor Gaston Lachaise in context: his sources, esthetic strategies, and innovations, as well as the impact of his extraordinary work on his contemporaries and followers.
These lectures are generously underwritten by the Hascoe Family.
Advance reservations are by e-mail only to Hascoe@brucemuseum.org
October 11: Sex in 3-D, Women in Sculpture: Lachaise & His Legacy. Dr. Joan Pachner, Independent Art Historian and lecturer Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
November 1 Love in 2-D: Letters of Gaston Lachaise to his muse, model and wife, Isabel. Paula R. Hornbostel, Curator and Trustee for the Lachaise Foundation
December 6Gaston Lachaise and the Fate of Figurative Sculpture. Dr. Kenneth Silver, Professor of Art History, New York University, Adjunct Curator of Art, Bruce Museum.

Film Series: 20th-Century Sculpture
Wednesdays, November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 2012, 10:30 am

The Museum presents a four-part series of films exploring sculptors of the 20th century presented in conjunction with the exhibition.  All films are followed by coffee and discussion, and are free with Museum admission.
November 28: Rodin, 36 minutes
A herald of the 20th century, Rodin’s dynamic sculpture is vividly portrayed in this documentary which also reveals drawings and studies for the Gates of Hell, The Age of Bronze, The Thinker and more.
December 5:  Flesh in Ecstasy: Gaston Lachaise and the Women He Loved, 21 minutes
Taking as its focus Gaston Lachaise's striking Standing Woman statue, the film explores the artist's relationship with his model for the work: his wife and muse, Isabel Dutaud Nagel. The film includes quotes from the sculptor's passionate love letters and scenes of the statue's recent recasting at the Modern Art Factory in Brooklyn, NY,
Henry Moore and Landscape, 26 minutes
Footage of Moore’s sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is accompanied by the artist’s comments about his life, sculpture, favorite themes and subjects, and views on sculpture in relation to landscape.  Moore’s sculptures are shown from various angles, revealing their positions in relation to the landscape
December 12: The Art of Barbara Hepworth, 49 minutes
The program reveals the power and beauty of Hepworth’s sculptures through footage of her naturalistic carvings of the 1920s, her increasingly abstract sculptures of the ‘30s, her ambitious postwar works, her monumental public commissions, and the striking creations of her final years.  The program also uses Hepworth’s own words, drawn from writings, correspondence, and archival interviews.
December 19 - Botero: Four Seasons, 53 minutes
Botero takes us on a journey to old haunts, studios, and bullfights. Travels with the artist through the streets of Paris, New York, Bogota and Florence.  Three years in the making, this documentary provides significant insight into Botero’s life, career and role in art.

Diane W. Darst Family Art Appreciation Day: “Learning to Look®” at Sculpture
Sunday, October 28,  1:00 – 3:00 pm

This program is designed especially for families and children to foster appreciation and understanding of art related to current Museum exhibitions and based on the Learning to Look® curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson. Today’s program will be presented in conjunction with the Bruce Museum exhibition Face & Figure: The Sculpture of Gaston Lachaise. Brief lessons will be led by Sue Ann Massey Williamson beginning at 1:15 pm, repeated again at 2:15 pm, and will focus on elements of mass, light, and three-dimensional form.  There will be art-making activities in the Education Workshop. All activities are free with Museum admission, are fully accessible and suitable for people of all abilities and ages.