Barnet Scholar's Weekend Gallery Talk with Jacqueline Francis

Barnet Scholar's Weekend Gallery Talk with Jacqueline Francis

Private Life and Public Image: On Kuniyoshi's "After the Bath" and "Cafe No. 2," and Isabella Howland's "Yasuo Kuniyoshi"

Yasuo Kuniyoshi United States, born Japan, 1889–1953), After the Bath (detail), 1923, oil on canvas, Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection, gift of Barn Gallery Associates, Inc., Ogunquit, Maine, 1979.

Art historian Jacqueline Francis will describe how Japanese-American artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi combined strange color harmonies and odd proportions through an in-depth look at one of the artist’s paintings, After the Bath.  

Jacqueline Francis, Ph.D., teaches U.S. art history and researches critical questions about minority identities and identifications represented in historical and contemporary visual cultures in the Americas and Europe. She is Associate Professor and the incoming Chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Francis is the author of Making Race: Modernism and "Racial Art" in America (University of Washington Press, 2012) and a co-editor (with Ruth Fine) of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (Yale University Press, 2011). With Mary Ann Calo, Francis is working on a book about African-American artists' participation in the federally-funded art programs of the 1930s and its relevance to the emergent U.S. art market of the 1940s. 

More about Barnet Scholars Weekend: Beloved American artist Will Barnet died in November of 2012, leaving a rich legacy of art and teaching. He also left the Will Barnet Foundation, an artist foundation dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of Barnet's work and the broader cultural milieu of 20th-century art. For four years, the PMA has worked with the foundation board to craft a biannual event that has now become a vital part of both the museum and the foundation. Each spring and fall, PMA staff invite a visiting scholar to visit the museum for several days. During their visits, these distinguished guests give a public gallery talk as part of the regular Friday Noontime Talk series, and a members-only lecture on Saturday morning. But they also spend time in the institution, discussing new exhibition ideas with curators, providing occasions to examine works of art from new perspectives, and bringing fresh energy and conversations to our museum. On one of the afternoons, our visitors host a roundtable conversation on a topic of their choosing, with invited artists and scholars from throughout the New England region. Past invitees have considered diverse topics ranging from the tradition of direct-carved sculpture in 20th century art to new strategies for exhibiting contemporary art.

Generously supported by the Will Barnet Foundation.