Malvina was awarded the largest bronze commission in the history of art and paid more than any other artist, man or woman in 1930 ($1.4 Million in today's dollars). To produce the Hall of Mankind, Malvina traveled the world, living among native cultures in order to create sculptures that come to life, giving us a glimpse of the rare people she studied. Her work, now displayed in the Field Museum in Chicago, is of historic significance to the anthropological and art community, because of the cultures she recorded before their demise. This lecture explores Malvina's seminal work as well as issues of racism, stereotyping and the artist's role in faithfully recording native cultures from an artist's perspective.
MALVINA, ANNA PAVLOVA & WOMEN IN THE ARTS
This lecture explores Malvina's significance as a woman in the arts, her contributions, impact and legacy. It also explores the complex relationships and friendships she maintained with leading women of time, including her muse, friend and business associate - ballerina Anna Pavlova. Of particular note is the 26-panel bas relief plaster frieze of the Bacchanale created over 15 years with Anna Pavlova. It is a true masterpiece and has only seen twice in public. The two friends were fearless in their art and their business; both owning their own businesses before women had the right to vote. Malvina and Pavlova collaborated to market their work to increase sales and box office receipts.
MALVINA & RODIN
Malvina & Rodin
Often called "America's Rodin," Malvina was a celebrated protégé of the Father of Modern Sculpture. This lecture explores Malvina's relationship with the Master and explores many of the lessons he taught her as his legacy. She was instrumental in helping him catalog his lifetime of work for the future Musée Rodin. She later was asked to install his works there after his death. He inspired and confided in Malvina and his stories reflect a man in search of perfection in the truth of art.