Jean Frédéric Bazille,Young Woman with Peonies (detail), 1870. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Image courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Free and open to the public

Wed – Fri: noon – 8 pm
Sat & Sun: noon – 6 pm

The Wallach Art Gallery

Lenfest Center for the Arts
Columbia University
615 West 129th Street


Wallach Sketch Session

Experiment with different drawing techniques as you take a closer look at works on view in Posing Modernity. Materials will be provided; no previous drawing experience required. All are welcome.

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Bordeaux, Forgotten Black Metropolis

Bordeaux may be known for its red wine and its historic architecture but before there was Black Paris there was Black Bordeaux. Beginning in the eighteenth century, Bordeaux was a site of migration, artisanal labor, and industrial expansion using enslaved and free black labor. Historian Lorelle Semley finds traces of these African and Caribbean women, men, and children in tattered documents, rare paintings, and in the very map of the city. Imagining this Black Bordeaux also allows us to rethink Black Paris and Black France beyond the music, art, and politics of the twentieth century. Lorelle D. Semley, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of the Holy Cross

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