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One of our city’s greatest jewels, the Detroit Institute of Arts, is holding a unique event on Friday, October 24, 2014. The DIA is hosting Dr. Mary Weaver Chapin to present a lecture on the artwork of a particular artist to present a window into an era of Paris’ history, the vibrant entertainment scene of the 1890’s and the women who were an integral part of it. Paris in the 1890s was a city bursting with entertainment. Women were at the center of this spectacle, and no one captured their performances with more panache and sensitivity than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Explore Lautrec’s prints, drawing, and posters of women of the stage, from distinguished actress Marcel Lender to the innovative dancer Loïe Fuller, to now-forgotten performers with evocative names like Mademoiselle Pois Vert (Miss Green Pea). Dr. Weaver Chapin is the Curator of Graphic Arts of the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that post, she was the Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Through her expertise in the area of the women of Paris and entertainment, she will delve into the artist and artwork of this storied artist. The artist at the center of the event, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator. He is one of the most well-known French painters of that period, and his often-colorful work focused on the presentation of Paris life and entertainment. Some of his works resulted from a working arrangement with the newly-opened and now world-famous Moulin Rouge, for which he created a number of posters. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. but we will dine together at the DIA Café starting at 5:30p.m. The private dining room at the rear of the Café has been reserved for the Alliance. Choice and payment of dinner will be on your own. There is no charge for the lecture. Use the convenient entrance on John R

French Art Lecture and dinner at the DIA! Friday, October 24 at the Detroit Institute of Arts sponsored by L’Alliance Française de Détroit