About the Class
Taught by a curator from the Jewish Museum in New York, this course explores the work of four artists with connections to the Jewish community—Edouard Vuillard (1868–1940), Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943), Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944), and George Segal (1924–2000)—and their place within modernism.
The overarching concept of modernism is crucial to our understanding of 20th-century art, but the trajectories of these four artists depart from canonical practices in major ways. Each artist, for example, maintains in his work a conspicuous link with the object in nature. Throughout the course, we’ll discuss Vuillard’s painting and its relation to the lifestyle and interests of his patrons; Stettheimer’s role as a cosmopolitan figure and as an artist of plural significances; the social resonance of Segal’s sculpture; and the narratives constructed around the life and work of Soutine.
Each week, the 90-minute lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with their instructor and classmates.
Brown is a curator at the Jewish Museum, New York. His research specializations are in the modern period, with a focus on art in its historical, literary, and social context. Brown has organized acclaimed exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, including Personas: George Segal’s Abraham and Isaac (2019), Chaïm Soutine: Flesh (2018), Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry (2017), Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait (2016), and Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and his Muses (2012).