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Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

On-Site / Exhibition-Related

Tuesdays, November 7 – December 5, 1 – 3pm


Marie Laurencin. Spanish Dancers (detail), 1920. Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Museum purchase. © Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2023

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class Nov 21)

About the Class

Explore our fall 2023 exhibition, Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris, with co-curator Cindy Kang.

Marie Laurencin’s unique, female-centered vision of modernism has long been sidelined and misunderstood in mainstream narratives of 20th-century European art. From her cubist beginnings to the height of her career in 1920s Paris, Laurencin developed a feminine and discreetly queer aesthetic world as an alternative to the male-dominated avant-garde. We’ll examine how she built an artistic universe through her signature motifs and palette, and her collaborations across media, including ballet and interior design. Close looking at objects in the Roberts Gallery and guest lectures from specialists involved with the exhibition—co-curator Simonetta Fraquelli, costume conservator Cathy Coho, and catalogue contributor Rachel Silveri—will illuminate Laurencin’s multivalent practice.

Capacity: 80


Marie Laurencin. Spanish Dancers, 1920. Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Museum purchase. © Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2023


Cindy Kang

Kang is a curator at the Barnes. She co-curated the exhibition Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris and served as an editor and contributing author for the catalogue. She specializes in 19th- and early-20th-century French art and has taught art history at New York University and Yeshiva University.

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