Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

October 13, 2019–January 19, 2020
There will be a $5 surcharge for this exhibition. Members see it for free! Members’ Preview Party

The expressive and seductive work of Alphonse Mucha, characterized by his portrayals of elegant women and elaborate use of color and ornament, played a prominent role in shaping the aesthetics of the decorative style known as French Art Nouveau.

This exhibition presents over 80 works that range from rare original lithographs, drawings, and books to portfolios and ephemera. Due in part to the highly advanced reproduction techniques of his time, Mucha’s work reached an extremely broad public and attained enormous popularity. His compositions were so alluring that they became known as the “Style Mucha,” and embodied much of the artistic decorative endeavors around the turn of the 20th century.


Programming

Albert Paley and R. Roger Remington: A Conversation
Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 2 pm

The influence continues. Listen in as internationally renowned metal sculptor Albert Paley, and R. Roger Remington, distinguished professor of design and graphic design at RIT, talk about their creative influences and careers. Included in museum admission. 

Designs of an Era: The Fashion of Art Nouveau
$5 Friday, November 15, 2019 | 5-9 pm | Presentation at 6 pm

Love fashion and design? So do we! At this presentation, we’ll see garments from the early 20th century and learn about how the fashion industry has changed through time. Jeffrey Mayer, curator of the Sue Ann Genet Gallery Costume Collection and Todd Conover, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University and trained metalsmith discuss style, fashion, and jewelry that has followed the success of Alphonse Mucha’s artistic career and will present their favorite influences in fashion. Included in museum admission.

Especially for Educators: Mucha to Metallica
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 4:30-7 pm | $15 | pre-registration required

Learn how Mucha’s painting and illustrations influenced the commercial art world at the turn of the 19th century. Hear from experienced Syracuse graphic artist and illustrator—and a Wayne Central graduate—Dan Dippel (aka 1000styles) talk about his career and work spanning from SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Printing Department to custom designs for a long list of noteworthy clients including Foo Fighters and Metallica.
The program runs from 4:30–7 pm
Registration and prepayment required. To sign up, contact Chelsea Anderson at cander35@mag.rochester.eduor 585.276.8971.
Library Guide

Lecture: Alphonse Mucha: Star Power, Posters, and Paintings
Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 7 pm

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, Associate Professor of History in the Humanities Department of the Eastman School of Music and the History Department of the University of Rochester. Included in museum admission.


Exhibition and museum tour organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Presenting Sponsor

Dr. Dawn F. Lipson

Supporting Sponsors

Allen C. and Joyce Boucher
Partners + Napier
Partners and Napier

Associate Sponsors

The Gallery Council
The Gallery Council
Janet S. Reed
Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation

Contributing Sponsors
Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
Walter B. D. Hickey, Jr.
Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund

Additional Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Eber
Hanna Properties, LLC
Marcia Lowry
Gary and Karen Neems
Joanne Hume-Nigro and Ron Nigro

shown: Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda (detail) 1894 | Read the press release (PDF)

We are thrilled with all of the positive feedback we’ve received regarding our partnership with @dellarious to bring Mucha with a Rochester twist to different spots across the city for you to enjoy in addition to coming to MAG. If you see a poster at one of the locations that you like, stop by THE STORE @ MAG and pick up one to take home. Photos below by Alyssa Bileschi.

When art came Downtown