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Paul Gauguin & The Marquesas: Paradise Found?

June 26 | 7:00 pm


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A Conversation with Caroline Boyle-Turner and Maia Nuku
On the occasion of the exhibition Gauguin: Artist as Alchimist opening at The Art Institut of Chicago on June 25, we will be hosting a conversation on Paul Gauguin with Caroline Boyle-Turner, author of Paul Gauguin & The Marquesas: Paradise Found? and Associate Curator for Oceanic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Maia Nuku. While the work produced by Gauguin in Tahiti has been extensively catalogued and analyzed over the past century, his last years in Atuona on the island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas have received only glancing attention.

Focusing on the painter’s art and writing from this period, Caroline Boyle-Turner and Maia Nuku will discuss Gauguin’s deep engagement with questions of traditional Marquesan beliefs, colonial and church authority and changing definitions of “exotic”.

USING IMAGES, Our speakers will also explore the challenges that the artists faced to intercede, invent, interpret or even ignore these complicated and often conflicting issues as he developed a powerful and poetic body of art.


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