Inside Access from Chase guests are invited to experience a private guided tour of Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist. This new exhibition is the first to delve into Gauguin’s radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator. Following the private tour, guests will be escorted to the second floor for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Senior Curator Gloria Groom will join guests for a three-course dinner to share her thought process and knowledge about Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist.
This exhibition—organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux–Grand Palais will debut at the Art Institute of Chicago, then travel to the Grand Palais in Paris.
Best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career spanned the globe and whose works defy categorization. The exhibition features some 240 works, including the largest-ever public presentation of his ceramics, the reunion and display of related works side-by-side, and a selection of ethnographic objects that reveals his sources of inspiration. Together these works attest to Gauguin’s expansive notions of what art should be and his embrace of multimedia, installation, and found objects long before these concepts were considered artistic practices.
Gloria Groom is the David and Mary Winton Green Senior Curator in the Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture. Groom joined the Art Institute as a research assistant in 1984 and served as an assistant, then associate curator of European painting. In 1988, she was appointed the David and Mary Winton Green Curator, overseeing the museum’s renowned collection of 19th-century painting and sculpture. An expert in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, Groom has published extensively in catalogues and journals.
Guests will take home a pre-signed copy of the exhibition catalogue which is beautifully designed and illustrated, and includes essays by an international team of scholars who offer a rich analysis of Gauguin’s oeuvre beyond painting.