Gauguin’s ‘Paradise’

with Curator-at-Large, Dr. Carol Ockman

February 12 2019 · 11:00am  – 1:00pm


Dr. Carol Ockman, curator-at-large for Selby Gardens, presents an engaging presentation on Gauguin, accompanied by a delightful luncheon catered by Michael’s On East.

Dr. Ockman will explore Gauguin’s search for a primitive Eden untouched by the ills of the modern metropolis, a goal shared by countless explorers, colonizers, and artists for centuries. She locates Gauguin’s quest for a purer, more natural place in the province of Brittany in his native France 15 years before he first sailed to Tahiti, then tracks it to Martinique, Arles, and, after Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands. While Gauguin’s works often highlight the abundant natural resources of these far-flung locales, they also raise complex questions about “going native.”

Following her lecture, Dr. Ockman will invite Mette Gauguin to join her for a conversation. Mette is the great granddaughter of Gauguin and his wife, also called Mette. Mette Gauguin is a printmaker and lives in Oxfordshire, England.

Dr. Ockman is a professor of Art History at Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.), with dual specialties in French art from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and contemporary art and culture. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in Art History from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject, as well as Italian, from Stanford University

Tickets: Members $50, Guests $75. 

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