Guest speaker Tom Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, on "Rembrandt as Printmaker"
Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn (Dutch 1606-1669), Christ Preaching, or La Petite tombe, ca. 1652, etching and drypoint, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Collection Purchase, Augustana College Art Collection, 2001.12
November 30, 7:30 p.m. (Larson Hall), followed by a reception in the Augustana College Art Museum
The Vaky Art History Lecture Series, supported by Mr. James Russell Vaky
Tom Rassieur leads the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) Department of Prints and Drawings, a collection of some 40,000 prints and drawings. He was appointed as the John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings at the MIA in late 2008. Rassieur came to the MIA from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), where he began as an assistant curator of prints and drawings in 1999, and ultimately served as the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator. In Boston, Rassieur curated or co-curated 10 exhibitions, including Rembrandt's Journey: Painter, Draftsman, Etcher, which premiered at the MFA in 2003 and subsequently traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago. His writings on Rembrandt's creative process as an etcher formed the basis of the Rembrandt House Museum's exhibition celebrating the artist's 400th birthday. He is part of the curatorial team that organized Rembrandt in America, a major exhibition of paintings, which will tour to Raleigh, Cleveland and Minneapolis beginning October 2011. In 1990, when Rassieur was the curatorial assistant in charge of the study room of the Department of Prints and Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he gave a well-received lecture at Augustana College on the prints of Giovanni Canaletto. Rassieur holds an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a B.A. from Princeton University.