Person of the Crowd Preview Lecture: Strolling Through Paris with the Flâneur

8 Feb 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Tania Bruguera, Displacement, 1998, Cuban earth, glue, wood, nails, textile. Photo courtesy of Studio Bruguera.

In anticipation of its multi-part project Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, The Barnes Foundation presents a preview lecture with Theresa Dolan, professor of art history at Temple University. The lecture will explore the phenomenon of the flâneur in the 19th century through examinations of paintings by Manet and Renoir, prints by Daumier and Gavarni, and the writings of Balzac and Baudelaire.

Person of the Crowd captures city life through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned public installations and performances, and citizen-created photos and videos. Featuring over 50 artists, including Marina Abramović, Jenny Holzer, Zhang Huan, and the Guerilla Girls, the project invites audiences inside the Barnes galleries and throughout the city to become contemporary flâneurs through activities such as photography and walking tours.