Wellesley College art scholar to speak on artist Munch at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – To complement the exhibition, “Prints of Edvard Munch,” now on display at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Munch scholar Patricia Gray Berman will give a public lecture, “Edvard Munch’s Modernity,” on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

“Munch, a Norwegian artist who lived from 1863-1944, remains among the most popular and most critically acclaimed artists of that period for his evocative depictions of universal human emotions and experiences – love, attraction, separation and death,” said museum curator Dennis Harper.

Berman is the Theodora L. and Stanley S. Feldberg Professor of Art at Wellesley College where she teaches modern and contemporary art and visual culture, the history of photography and the arts of persuasion. A member of the Wellesley College faculty since 1987, she received a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in 1978, and a master’s degree, a Certificate of Museum Training and a Ph.D from New York University in 1980, 1981 and 1989, respectively.

Berman’s research focuses on Munch, modern Scandinavian and other European art and photography. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society and the Fulbright Foundation to support her research on Munch.

“Prints by Edvard Munch” will be on view at the museum through April 30 in the museum’s Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery.

For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum, including “Prints by Edvard Munch” and other exhibitions, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php or call (334) 844-1484.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)