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August 15, 2006

Media Contacts:
Amy Mannarino      
410-547-9000, ext. 277     

Jessica Weglein
410-547-9000, ext. 394


Baltimore—This fall, the Walters Art Museum will present exciting activities in conjunction with Courbet and the Modern Landscape, a special exhibition on view Oct. 15, 2006 –Jan. 7, 2007. The show includes 37 paintings from international public and private collections created between 1855 and 1877 as well as dynamic music and lighting effects as part of the exhibition’s design. The Walters has partnered with The Peabody Conservatory to create this unique musical experience that can only be seen in Baltimore.

Friday, October 6, 5 p.m.–midnight
Saturday, October 7 & Sunday, October 8, 11 a.m. –5 p.m.

Price: Free
The Walters kicks off the celebration of free admission and new hours with Walters Wide Open Weekend. A nighttime event on Friday—Friday with Friends—will feature a live band, local celebrity tours and a surprise film. Visitors can go on a scavenger hunt through the museum with friends or explore the galleries on their own. There will be cash wine, beer and coffee bars with delicious refreshments. Saturday and Sunday events will include a fashion show through the ages, storytellers, a checkers tournament, live music, caricaturists, more celebrity tours and art activities for adults and children.


Poulenc Trio Presents
Poulenc Trio Presents will feature performances by the trio with guest artists and lecturers providing commentary. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception and a visit to the galleries after each performance.
Sunday, October 15, 5:30 p.m., or Monday, October 16, 7 p.m., one hour concerts
[same program Sunday and Monday]
Burial at Ornans: Reality Meets the Romantics
Price: members, students $25; non-members $40
Location: Blaustein Gallery
By 1850, Gustave Courbet’s Realist masterpiece, Burial at Ornans, was said by the painter to represent “the burial of Romanticism.” It seems, however, that no one told his musical contemporaries. Join the Poulenc Trio and superstar clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein—a member of The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and first prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition—as they trace the impact of the Realist movement on musical Romanticism.

College Night
Thursday, October 19, 6–9 p.m.

Price: Free, registration required; open to college and university students and faculty with valid college/university identification. E-mail and include name and college or university.
This evening of education and entertainment offers college and university faculty and students an intimate opportunity to interact with Walters staff and local artists, participate in art activities and gallery tours, and view the permanent collection and the special exhibition, Courbet and the Modern Landscape. The event will feature free refreshments, music and games, and artist demonstrations.

Courbet and the Modern Landscape
Saturday, October 21

12–12:30 p.m. registration and check in
12:30–2:30 p.m. lectures
2:30 p.m. coffee/tea break
3–4 p.m. lecture
4–5 p.m. self-guided tour of the exhibition
Price: members $20; non-members $40; students $10
Location: Graham auditorium     
In conjunction with Courbet and the Modern Landscape, join three Courbet scholars for this half-day seminar on the artist and his work.

Thoughts on Courbet’s Landscapes
Michael Fried, Professor, J.R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities, The Humanities Center, The Johns Hopkins University
Michael Fried will consider the place of landscape in Courbet’s art, along with the place of Courbet in his landscapes.

What Really Went on in the Artist’s Studio?
What We Know And Don’t Know About Courbet’s Working Method
Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Music, Seton Hall University
Neither Courbet’s own writings nor those of his friends tell us much about Courbet’s techniques. Working from the scant literary evidence and a study of the artist’s works, Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu will attempt to reveal some aspects of Courbet’s working method.

Performing Nature: Courbet’s Revolutionary Landscape Painting
Mary Morton, Co-Curator, Courbet and the Modern Landscape, Associate Curator of Paintings, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Mary Morton will discuss Gustave Courbet’s career during the 1860s, a decade of electric change both for Courbet and for the Parisian art scene. Learn how Courbet’s radical innovations in technique and composition helped transform landscape into the central avant-garde genre.

Friends of Peabody Program: Composing for Courbet
Sunday, October 22, 3 p.m.

Price: $60
Location: Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, Peabody Institute and the Walters Art Museum
Inspired by the paintings in Courbet and the Modern Landscape, Peabody composers and computer music students have created new works to maximize visitors’ sensory immersion in the exhibition. Subtle lighting effects will further enhance the installation.

Peabody faculty and student composers discuss this undertaking and will perform selections from their compositions for the exhibition. Eik Kahng, Walters curator of 18th- and 19th-century art, will examine Courbet’s landscapes and discuss the exhibition lighting design by Paul Deeb. Participants will then walk to the Walters to experience the exhibition. The program will conclude with a reception. For more information or to register, contact the Peabody Office of External Relations at 410-659-8100, ext. 3040.

Landscape and Music: From Beethoven through Wagner to Sibelius
Sunday, November 19, 2 p.m.

Elam Ray Sprenkle, Professor of Music History, Composition, and Theory, Peabody Conservatory
Price: members free; non-members $10; students $5
Location: Graham Auditorium
The idea that musical sounds can be combined in order to conjure up images of the landscape begins with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (Pastoral). Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Lizst, Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler and Sibelius all created “landscape” compositions. Landscape was so pervasive that it forms one of the dominant trends in 19th-century music. In conjunction with Courbet and the Modern Landscape, Elam Ray Sprenkle will discuss musical compositions inspired by scenery.
Sprenkle is a long-time member of the music history and music theory faculties at the Peabody Institute. A composer, Sprenkle scored the music for CNN’s millennium production of John Glenn: Return of the Hero.  

MICA/Walters Courses

Making art at the Maryland Institute College of Art based on visits to the Walters Art Museum
Price per workshop: Walters and BMA members and currently enrolled MICA students (continuing studies, undergraduate and graduate) $150; non-members $210
Contemplate…Create! is a new partnership among MICA, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum. Open to participants of all skill levels including beginners, these non-credit workshops pair studio instruction at MICA with guided visits to special exhibitions and the permanent collections of the museums.

Courbet and the Modern Landscape: Capturing Autumn’s Splendor in Watercolor
Walters Session: Thursday, October 26, 7–8 p.m.
Studio Sessions at MICA (Cylburn Arboretum): Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (rain date: November 4)

Eik Kahng, Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art
Marjorie Anderson, Maryland Institute College of Art
Materials fee: $30
At the Walters, take a close look at Gustave Courbet’s boldly cropped compositions and expressive use of paint in the exhibition Courbet and the Modern Landscape. Then spend a day painting outdoors at Cylburn Arboretum, capturing the golden autumn light and natural forms of its gardens and wooded trails. Create your own plein air watercolors inspired by Courbet’s dramatic handling of lights and darks, extreme close-up views and thickly textured surfaces.

Lunch and Learn
First Thursday of every month, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Price: Free
November 2
Courbet/Not Courbet

Eik Kahng, Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art
Bring your light lunch to the Walters’ auditorium and hear lectures by curators, conservators or scholars on topics ranging from ancient Egypt to current issues in art.

Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
Bonjour, mes amis! Step into one of Gustave Courbet’s paintings and experience the ambiance of 19th-century France. Explore the sights and sounds of everything from the French country landscape to city life in Paris. Put on the smock of a French artist and create your own landscape or seascape, build a monumental Eiffel tower or play a French game. Listen to French stories and music, talk to artists from the past and learn a French word or two.

Every Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free
For kids and their entire family
Join us as we pump up the fun during our Drop-In Art Activities, throwing open the doors to the Family Art Center every Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Museum educators will help families create artful projects related to the collection, special exhibitions and family tours. A new activity each week! No registration is required.
By Land or By Sea

Listen to the wind and the water when you visit Courbet and the Modern Landscape and then make your own cityscape, landscape, seascape and maybe your own sky-scape.

Teacher Teatime: A Sip and a Stroll with Courbet
Thursday, October 26, 2006, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Price: Members $10, non-members, $15 (Register by October 1 to receive $2 off of your registration fee.)
Join the Walters’ Education Division for high tea on the Renaissance Court. Teatime includes a private tour of the special exhibition, educational materials, hands-on activities, certificates of attendance, tea, refreshments and great company.  Open to educators of every discipline and grade level. For further information, or to register go to

For information, updates on program availability or to register by phone for adult programs, call 410-547-9000, ext. 237. For information or to register for children’s programs, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300. Additional information about other Walters’ programs can be found on the museum’s Web site,

The Walters Art Museum is located in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre streets. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum. For hotel reservations, call 1-800-292-5500.