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Shartle Symposium


The 41st Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium
October 16–December 15, 2016

In this series of five lectures, renowned Degas scholars celebrate different aspects of Edgar Degas’s restless genius as revealed in the exhibition Degas: A New Vision. Enjoy the lectures via recordings, accessible below.

The Ruth K. Shartle Symposium is made possible by generous funding from The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston.

The Private Collection of Edgar Degas

Presented by Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH and organizing co-curator of “Degas: A New Vision”

Degas’s Families

Presented by George Shackelford, deputy director, Kimbell Art Museum

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

Presented by Jodi Hauptman, senior curator, department of drawings and prints, the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Degas & the 20th Century

Presented by independent scholar Richard Kendall

Edgar Degas’s Sculptures: An Inside Look

Presented by Shelley Sturman, head of object conservation & Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About the Shartle Symposium
Inaugurated in 1975 by Alice Pratt Brown (Mrs. George R. Brown), a major benefactor who served 26 terms as a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this annual symposium, or lecture series, was established in memory of Ruth K. Shartle, a longtime Museum benefactor. William C. Agee, director of the MFAH from 1974 to 1982, described the symposium as a commemoration of Ruth K. Shartle’s “unstinting friendship, her intellectual curiosity and generous spirit of sharing her enthusiasm for man’s creative accomplishment, and most of all, her unselfish, fresh spirit and unfailing joy of life.”