Edgar Degas Exhibition Events

April – June 2019

The Lightner Museum offers a variety of programs, tours and events inspired by Degas. Art fans of all ages will enjoy the programs offered during the exhibition.

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist – Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle

April 12 – June 16, 2019

This special exhibition provides a rare look at over 100 original works on paper by the pioneering artist and his circle of friends. From the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson and organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA., Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist offers unique insights into Degas’ inner world. Johnson’s collection includes more than 50 works by Degas himself along with a collection of drawings, prints, photographs, and monotypes created by Degas’s inner circle of artists. Pieces offering a fascinating look at the artist’s life and time include works by Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet, Jean Leon Gerome, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cézanne to name a few. Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist is on view at the Lightner from April 12 – June 16, 2019. A fully illustrated catalog written by Degas scholar and Curator of the Royal Academy of Art, Ann Dumas accompanies the exhibit.

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Lightner After Hours – Gilded Age meets Belle Epoch

Thursday, May 30, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

This month we celebrate Edgar Degas’ visit to New Orleans in 1873 with cajun faire accompanied by a Cajun Dave of “Nawlin’s Po’ Boy’z” performance. Attendees to this month’s free social event may enter at the Granada Street entrance (with the blue and white awnings, located across from the Corazon Cinema). Visitors wishing to view the Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition during our free Lightner After Hours event may purchase a $5 admission ticket in the museum gift shop that evening.

Curator’s Tour – Touring Degas

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lightner Museum curator Barry Myers will provide an exclusive last look at artworks in our limited-engagement showing of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist. This final walk through of our Degas exhibition is free for museum members or $5 above the price of museum admission. Tours will begin in the front lobby of the museum. Tickets are available for both the 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m tours.

Curator’s Tour – 10 am
Curator’s Tour – 11:30 am

Lightner Learning Lab: Degas, Prints and I

Sunday, June 9, 2019 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

Children aged 5 – 14 are invited to tour and learn about the different types of prints on view in our Museum’s collection and in the Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Lightner museum educators will provide a richer understanding of the types of printmaking while encouraging young visitors to truly look and appreciate why artists choose to work in their selected print media. Our tour will be followed by an enjoyable printmaking activity. Little Lightners (ages 5 – 9 accompanied by an adult) will meet from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and Lightner Leaders (ages 10 – 14) will meet from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children with an additional $5 fee for parents living outside of St. Johns County. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Little Lightners – 10 am
Lightner Leaders – 2 pm

Viewfinder: Edgar Degas’ Photographic Vision

Wednesday, June 12, 2019  (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

Join Flagler College art history professor Chris Balaschak for a talk exploring the impact of photography on the Impressionists. As evidenced in our current exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Degas regularly took and explored the possibilities offered by this new technology.  Professor Balaschak will discuss how Degas and his circle used photography and its influence on their artwork. Tickets are $10 ($5.00 for museum members). Reservations are required.

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