The Honors Program started off the new semester by taking advantage of the rare opportunity to see an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of Henri Matisse’s (1869-1954) later works. On Friday morning, January 30th, Prof. Joanne Jacobson led students from both her Honors section of First Year Seminar and other Honors students to see the exhibit, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.”


The exhibit put together a significant number of Matisse’s later works from the 1940s and 1950s, when, almost incapacitated by illness, he turned to cut paper as his primary medium. Highlighting the way Matisse experimented with this technique, MoMA assembled and put on display the cut-outs that Matisse hung on his own walls, as well as more formal works such as “The Thousand and One Nights” and his trial for the stained glass window “The Tree of Life,” which was designed for the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France, where he lived his final years.

Students were able to learn about Matisse’s innovative use of this medium while admiring the twentieth-century artist’s boldly colored works.


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