Floor Talk Series | Redefining Whistler | NGV International

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Palaces, (1880-1886); printed 1886, plate from A set of twenty-six etchings (or The second Venice set), 1886

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Palaces, (1880-1886); printed 1886, plate from A set of twenty-six etchings (or The second Venice set), 1886

Starting this Sunday there are several floor talk from curators and other experts on aspects of the current ‘Whistler’s Mother’ exhibition at NGV.

With his long mane of curly dark hair, monocle, tailored coat and French top hat, James McNeil Whistler was a showman and self-described ‘dandy’

Along with his theatrical public persona, he was an extraordinary painter and printmaker; creating some of the nineteenth century’s most radical and influential works.

At a time when moral lessons and storytelling dominated British art, Whistler was an uncompromising aesthete. He believed in the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, moral or narrative considerations.

Hear contemporary voices and curators explore the mark made by Whistler on style, art and design in this floor talk series Redefining Whistler.

Sun 10 Apr, 11am | Printmaking Past and Present

Speakers Martin King, Senior Printer, Australian Print Workshop and Alisa Bunbury, Curator, Prints and Drawings, NGV

Sun 22 May, 2pm | The Dandy

Speakers James Roberts, Shoemaker, Roberts & Hassett and Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles

Sun 12 Jun, 11am | The Art of the Interior

Speakers Kim Clayton-Greene, doctoral candidate, The University of Melbourne and Matthew Martin, Curator, International Decorative Arts and Antiquities, NGV