Southeastern to present slide lecture on Picasso muse Francoise Gilot in Let’s Talk Art series


Friday, March 8, 2019Francoise Gilot
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

SLIDE LECTURE TO FEATURE PICASSO MUSE - New Orleans Mac-Gryder Gallery co-founders Jill McGaughey and Garlyn Gryder will present a slide lecture titled “Francoise Gilot: Eight Decades of Artistic Achievement” at Southeastern Louisiana University’s next installment of the lecture series “Let’s Talk: Art.” The free lecture is scheduled March 13 at 5 p.m. in Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.


     HAMMOND – The second lecture in the series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, as well as a special presentation of the university’s Women’s History Month lectures, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 5 p.m., at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus.
     New Orleans Mac-Gryder Gallery co-founders Jill McGaughey and Garlyn Gryder will present a slide lecture titled “Francoise Gilot: Eight Decades of Artistic Achievement.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
     “I’m excited that we’re able to bring Jill and Garlyn to Hammond to discuss one of my favorite artists,” said Eric Johnson, Sims Library director and co-founder of the Let’s Talk Art series. “Both are wonderful presenters as well as friends of Francoise Gilot, and I know that our audience is in for a fascinating talk.”
     McGaughey said French painter Francoise Gilot occupies a unique niche in the modern art landscape as a female giant of the art world.
     “At 97, Francoise Gilot remains one of the most exciting and collectible artists of our century, as well as the preceding one,” McGaughey said. “The presentation will touch on her early milestones as a member of the burgeoning School of Paris in the 1940s, her experiences during the German occupation, the decade she shared with Picasso as his muse and the mother of their children Claude and Paloma Picasso, and her remarkable longevity and continued relevance in a largely male-dominated industry.”
     Still active and producing new work, Gilot is truly a living legend in the art world, McGaughey added. A book of her “Travel Sketchbooks” with accompanying lithographs was recently published by Taschen, and copies of the book will be available for purchase after the talk, McGaughey said.
     A native of Minneapolis, McGaughey’s early studies in art and music blossomed into an avid art collecting habit after college. Following a career in marketing and project management, she moved to New Orleans in 1999 to be part of the vibrant local art community. She managed the Gustavo Duque Art Center and Bryant Galleries before becoming a director at the Vincent Mann Gallery, which specialized in French art from Impressionism to Modernism.
     Indigenous to the Deep South, Gryder studied at Loyola University and Trinity College in Dublin before graduating from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London with a Master of Arts in Fine and Decorative Arts. After studying and traveling extensively through Europe, she returned to New Orleans and co-founded the Mac-Gryder Gallery with McGaughey.
     For more information, contact Johnson at 985-549-3962.

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