Matisse's Dance mural engages programmatically with its installation site at the Barnes Foundation. Yet the inscription on it recalls an earlier context: "HENRI MATISSE NICE 1933." This presentation explores how this work that inaugurates Matisse's late period may be structured around the physical, cultural, and psychological gap between these places.
Camran Mani is a doctoral candidate in art history at Harvard University. His dissertation is on Matisse and the problem of medium, c. 1930-45. A visiting lecturer at the Barnes Foundation this fall, he has worked on exhibitions at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Inspired by the Foundation’s catalogue Matisse in the Barnes Foundation (http://bit.ly/MatisseBarnes), edited by Yve-Alain Bois and published in December 2015, this symposium brings together leading international scholars to examine Matisse in the context of the history of modernism.