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Art and Literature at the Ackland

October 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

featuring  Dana Cowen (Sheldon Peck Curator for European and American Art before 1950, Ackland Art Museum) and Ellen Welch (Professor of Romance Studies)


Join us for light refreshments, lively discussion of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s last great work, Reveries of the Solitary Walker, and a tour of the Ackland’s current exhibition Reform to Restoration. Participants will receive a copy of the book in advance of the event. 

Space is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot!


Reform to Restoration: French Drawings from Louis XVI to Louis XVIII (1770-1830) presents over eighty master drawings from The Horvitz Collection, the preeminent private collection of French art in the United States, and showcases some of the most well-known artists of the period, including Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Pierre-Paul Prud’hon. Working in a time of tremendous political and social upheaval in France, artists looked to the art, architecture, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration and used stories from antique history and mythology as well as current events and contemporary theater to convey moral and civic values during a period of great uncertainty. Arranged in thematic groupings devoted to the concepts of patriotism, love, honor, conflict, and despair, the works on display demonstrate the intellectual curiosity of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century French artists as well as the expressive versatility and powerful immediacy of drawings.



COST: $40, includes a copy of the book and refreshments at the event

DATE and TIME: Friday, October 6, 2023 | 3:00-4:30 PM

LOCATION: Ackland Art Museum


Register online or call us at 919.962.1544. 


Presented in collaboration with our friends at the Ackland Art Museum.



October 6, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Carolina Public Humanities
Private: Ackland Art Museum


Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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