REORIENTATIONS EXHIBITION AT I.D.E.A. SPACE AT COLORADO COLLEGE FEATURES NINE MASTERWORKS FROM THE DAHESH MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION

— Exhibition To Run From March 25 to May 7 —

New York, March 23, 2015 – The exhibition “ReOrientations: Defying and Defining 19th Century French Images of the Arab World” will appear at the I.D.E.A. Space of Colorado College from March 25 through May 7.  The exhibition examines the ways in which Middle Eastern cultures have been portrayed historically, and how contemporary artists appropriate or disrupt these depictions.  ReOrientations includes nine masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art collection, including artists Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929), Eugène Alexis Girardet (1853-1907), Jean Raymond Hippolyte Lazerges  (1817-1887), Émile-Jean-Horace Vernet (1789-1863), Alexandre-Marie Colin, (1798-1873), Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876), and Charles-Théodore Frère (1814-1888). 

The exhibition catalog features essays by Colorado College faculty — Gale Murray, Claire Oberon Garcia, Ruth Kolarik, Robert Lee, Jane Murphy, and Michael O’Riely – which offer multiple perspectives on Orientalism and its legacies.  The exhibition also includes works by contemporary artists Lalla Essaydi and Ibi Ibrahim.

“The collection of Orientalist works at the Dahesh Museum of Art continues to be a resource to world-class institutions working to understand this vital and important epoch of art,” said J. David Farmer, Director of Exhibitions at the Dahesh Museum of Art.  “It is exciting to see how this tradition is interpreted for modern audiences in a contemporary idiom.”

The I.D.E.A. Space is located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, and is open Tuesday-through-Saturday, 12:30-7:00 PM.

About the Dahesh Museum of Art

The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe and America’s academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dahesh serves a diverse audience by placing these artists in the broader context of 19th-century visual culture, and by offering a fresh appraisal of the role academies played in reinvigorating the classical ideals of beauty, humanism, and skill.  Visit us at:  http://www.daheshmuseum.org.

 

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