Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA brings renowned Matisse scholar to Edmonton for public talk

AGA brings renowned Matisse scholar to Edmonton for public talk

Special lecture focuses on largely unknown period of the artist’s production

October 28, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to present Matisse’s Great Experiment, a lecture by Art Institute of Chicago curator Stephanie D’Alessandro on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm. The talk, which is offered in conjunction with the exhibition HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line, will explore Matisse’s work from 1913–17. Considered to be the most inventive and momentous yet little-studied time in the artist’s long career, this period produced a wealth of innovative work which included drawings, paintings and sculptures in addition to the numerous prints on which the lecture will focus. Tickets are $15 / $10 for AGA Members, and are available at

Stephanie D’Alessandro is the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and previously Associate Curator at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago. This past year, D’Alessandro co-curated Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, which contributed to the Museum’s record-breaking annual attendance of 3.1 million visitors. D’Alessandro has contributed to numerous publications on modern art, including German Expressionist Prints: The Marcia and Granvil Specks Collection, Still More Distant Journeys: The Artistic Emigrations of Lasar Segall and Weimar Bodies: Fantasies about the Body in Weimar Art, Science and Medicine. She has also organized several exhibitions for the Art Institute of Chicago, including Poetics of Scale (2003) and Juan Munoz (2002).

Matisse’s Great Experiment: Stephanie D’Alessandro
Wednesday, November 10, 7 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre
$15 / $10 AGA Members, available at

Opening this Saturday, October 30, HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line examines Matisse’s process of experimentation, tracing his use of serial imagery throughout various mediums. The exhibition spans 50 years of Matisse’s career, comprising of content created between the years 1900 and 1951. This unique exhibition features more than 170 rarely seen works, united from the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art with Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, a travelling exhibition organized by the American Federation for the Arts and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta is presented by Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.

The exhibition’s curator, Jay M. Fisher, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photography at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will speak to a sold-out crowd on Friday, October 29 to mark the opening.


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The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc restarant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.