Suzanne Churchill, professor of English at Davidson College, will argue that romantic notions of individual artistic genius are male-centric. Women artists have often thrived in communities, fostered collaborative networks, and grappled with gender, race and class. Churchill will reveal how Josephine Baker, Gwendolyn Bennett, Mina Loy, and other key figures in a network of “Brilliant Exiles” contributed to the modernist revolution in literature and the arts.

This program is presented by curator Robyn Asleson in conjuction with “Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris from 1900-1939,” and funded by the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture.

This program will take place in the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Image credits: Sylvia Beach (detail) by Paul-Emile Bécat, oil on canvas, 1923. Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Theresa Helburn (detail) by Marion H. Beckett, oil on canvas, 1922. National Portrait Gallery.

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