Joseph Gallivan interviews Dawson Carr of PAM about Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music
On February 18, 2014, at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews Dawson W. Carr, who is the Portland Art Museum's Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art.
Mr. Carr will talk about the new exhibition at the museum, called "Venice The Golden Age of Art and Music," which is at the Portland Art Museum until May 11.
From the press release:
The Portland Art Museum continues its commitment to and history of presenting great works of Italian art with this stunning exhibition exploring the golden age of art and music in the Republic of Venice, also referred to as “La Serenissima” or “the most serene.” Between the early 16th century and the fall of the Venetian Republic at the close of the 18th century, the great flourishing of the arts included innovative painters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Canaletto, and Guardi, as well as composers Willaert, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi who created the new musical forms of opera and the quartet. This spectacular exhibition explores the important interrelationships of the visual arts and music in the city’s civic ceremonies, festivals, and culture.
The great artists working in Venice not only reveled in depicting processions, concerts, and dance, but many were accomplished musicians themselves. Composers depended on artists for set designs and costumes, and the dramatic stories of operas were embraced by painters and sculptors.
This multidisciplinary exhibition is the first to explore the interaction between the visual arts, music, and political culture in Venice and will include paintings, prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures along with original period instruments and early music texts.
You won’t want to miss this celebration of Venetian art, music, and culture. The Portland Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this incredible international loan exhibition.
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Hilliard Goldfarb, Associate Chief Curator at the Montreal Museum; host curated by Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art.
Dawson Carr joined the museum in January 2013 as the Museum’s first full-time curator of European painting and sculpture. He came from The National Gallery, London where he was Curator of Spanish and Italian Paintings 1600–1800. Before that he was a curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
In Portland he is in charge of the European galleries upstairs at the museum, and is tasked with the organization of exhibitions and the development of the collection, and making old masters of interest to young people. Dawson Carr first appeared on Art Focus in late 2013.
Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune. His novels "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" are available on Amazon.