Lunch and Lecture: Missing the Boat to Borneo: An American Discovers BaliFriday, June 20 | 11 am
East Building, Museum Auditorium
John Coffey, Deputy Director for Art and Curator of American and Modern Art
This lecture looks at a forgotten story in American art. Maurice Sterne (1878–1957), a young American painter, fleeing a failed love affair and inspired by Gauguin’s paintings of “primitive” Tahiti, journeys east in 1912, bound for Polynesia. En route he makes a side trip to the remote Indonesian island of Bali, becoming the first Western artist to visit. Enraptured, Sterne stays for nearly two years, producing some of the most exotic paintings created by an American up to that time. Chief among them is the Museum’s astonishing Dance of the Elements, Bali.
The discussion continues over a catered lunch. Register online or call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923. Registration and payment for the combined program required by 4 pm on the Tuesday before the event.
Maurice Sterne, Dance of the Elements, Bali, 1913, oil on canvas, 56 3/4 × 65 1/2 in., Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina
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June 20, 2014