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Harvard Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth- Rethinking Drawing: Fragonard in Tivoli

Harvard Club of Australia members are warmly welcome to attend a lecture by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Rethinking Drawing: Fragonard in Tivoli – presented by The Power Institute.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s extraordinary series of views from the Villa d’Este in Tivoli has been described as “one of the most beautiful red chalk drawings ever made.” Focusing on the specific visual and material aspects of this remarkable series, the lecture will discuss how the series contributed to the emergence of a modern conception of drawing in eighteenth-century France. In particular, it will consider the ways in which the series invites us to reimagine drawing as a fundamentally social act.


Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is the William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. She teaches modern and contemporary art focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, post-1970s art, and critical theory. Among the courses she has taught are: Introduction to Modern Art &Visual Culture (1700-1990); Modern Art and Modernity (with Benjamin Buchloh and Maria Gough); Body Image in Art & Visual Culture of the 18th- and 19th Centuries; The Origins of Modernity; The Early Modern Artist; Exoticism & Orientalism; Modern Art and Subjectivity, Contemporary Women Artists, Critical Strategies in Contemporary Art and Painting and Its Discontents, and, most recently, Drawing: Object, Medium Discourse; Drawing on Exhibition; Learning from Drawing; and Art and the Enlightenment. (See Courses for the full list.) In recognition of her distinguished contribution to undergraduate teaching, graduate education and research, she was awarded a Harvard College Professorship (2004-2009).