Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris

Sunday, April 7, 2013
3:00 pm

Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator, Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, will present the lecture "Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris" in conjunction with the Electric Paris exhibition.

The emergence of moving pictures, pioneered by Thomas Edison in the late nineteenth century, changed the way artists represented the world around them. In this lecture, Mathews will explore early film technology and its impact on artists working in Paris.

Mathews is the author of Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880-1910, as well as Mary Cassatt: A Life and Paul Gauguin: An Erotic Life.

Electric Paris is the first exhibition to explore the ways in which artists depicted both older gas lighting and the newer electric illumination that began to supplant it around the turn of the twentieth century.