Lecture on Monet to Matisse – On the French Coast
by Guest Curator Dr. Kenneth Wayne
Opening Weekend of Exhibition
Distinguished art historian and curator Dr. Kenneth Wayne has organized yet another exceptional exhibition and will introduce it in this engaging lecture. Four of his past projects relate directly to the MFA’s new one: Impressions of the Riviera: Monet, Renoir, Matisse and their Contemporaries; Raoul Dufy; Monet to Matisse: The Origins of Modernism; and Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper.
The development of European Modernism is one of his principal interests. While Curator of Modern Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, he organized Modigliani & the Artists of Montparnasse. This was the first major U.S. show on the artist in more than 40 years and traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The Toronto Globe and Mail named it one of the top 12 exhibitions in the world in 2002-2003 and Jed Perl of The New Republic called it “an unforgettable museum-going experience.”
Now an independent curator and consultant, Dr. Wayne has served as the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Senior Consulting Curator for The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City and Chief Curator of the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York. He has also been the Joan Whitney Payson Curator at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, where he specialized in nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century European art.
Dr. Wayne is one of nine advisory board members of the Musée Rodin in Paris, has lectured around the world, and is widely published. He holds his PhD from Stanford University and his BA with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, both in art history, and his MA in modern art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.