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Midwest Museum Talks – Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau to Modernism


Midwest Museum Talks is a new program of online curatorial talks organized by Villa Albertine Chicago in collaboration with the museums in the Midwest. In this third installment, join an online conversation between three Art Nouveau specialists who will highlight Guimard’s work in general, his influences, his impact, and the resolutely modern dimension of his work.

This exceptional transatlantic conversation is co-hosted by Villa Albertine Chicago. It will be hosted on Villa Albertine’s zoom platform. Click here to register via their website.

About the Speakers:

Elise Dubreuil is curator of the Art Nouveau Decorative Arts section at the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris. Ms. Dubreuil holds a MA in Art History from Sorbonne University and the Louvre School (Ecole du Louvre), both located in the heart Paris. Ms. Dubreuil has also trained at the Institut National du Patrimoine from 2009 to 2010. She then began her curatorial career in 2010 at the Musee de l’Armée, a national military musuem of France at Les Invalides, in the 7th arrondissement of the French capital. In 2013, she stepped into the Orsay Museum along the river Seine, where she has recently curated three exhibitions, including Aubrey Beardsley 1872-1898 (2020), Les origines du monde, l’invention de la nature au XIXe siècle (2021), and Gaudi (2022).

Sarah D. Coffin is and independent curator and consultant, and the retired Senior Curator and Head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. At Cooper Hewitt, Coffin curated the blockbuster exhibition Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, served as co-curator of Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008, Feeding Desire: Design and Tools of the Table, 1500-2005Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest and Frederic Church, and The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s (with The Cleveland Museum of Art) for which both book and exhibition received awards. Recently co-author and co-organizing curator, with David Hanks, of the book Hector Guimard: From Art Nouveau to Modernism, and related exhibition, for Cooper Hewitt and the Driehaus Museum in Chicago, Coffin continues to lead the field of decorative arts history as a consultant. Her previous positions include Specialist and Vice President Sotheby’s, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Coffin holds an MA in Art and Architectural history from Columbia University and a BA with distinction in Art and Architectural History from Yale University. She has taught and lectured widely to numerous museums, professional and private groups.

David A. Hanks has held curatorial positions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is currently Curator for Montreal’s Stewart Program for Modern Design. Mr. Hanks has curated numerous design exhibitions, from Innovative Furniture in America for the Smithsonian Institution in 1982 to American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow in 2005. Recent exhibition projects include Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection (2013), Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson (2016) and Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau to Modernism, currently at the Driehaus Museum. Mr. Hanks has also curated a number of collections, including the Frank Lloyd Wright decorative arts collection of Thomas S. Monahan and the industrial design collection of George R. Kravis.

Elizabeth Cummings, Director of Public Engagement at the Richard H Driehaus Museum, will moderate the conversation.


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