Tyler School of Art Professor Thérèse Dolan presented an illustrated lecture, sponsored by the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie, titled "Manet and Music" on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Cosmopolitan Club in Center City. The lecture focused on Edouard Manet and the music of Richard Wagner, arising out of Manet's painting of 1862, "Music in the Tuilleries."
Dolan is a modernist art historian who specializes in 19th century French art and has also published books on contemporary art. She received her M.A. and PhD in Art History from Bryn Mawr College, and her undergraduate degree in French from Mundelein College in Chicago. She has authored three books; Garvani and the Critics for the University of Michigan (UMI) Press in 1981; Inventing Reality: The Paintings of John Moore for Hudson Hills Press, 1996, and Perspectives on Manet, which is forthcoming from Ashgate Press in 2012. Dolan's book Manet, Wagner and the Musical Culture of Their Time is forthcoming from Ashgate Press in 2013.
Dolan has served two terms as chair of the Department of Art History at Temple, from 1998 to 2004, and as interim dean of Tyler School of Art from January 2008 to June 2009. In June 2000 she organized and hosted an international conference, “Ways of Seeing,” at the Université de Paris X at Nanterre, France. In the summer of 2003 she was co-coordinator of “Nineteenth-Century Worlds: Local/Global” in London.
Since its founding in 1903, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Alliance Française has encouraged the study of the French language and literature, promoted French culture and fostered friendly relations between France and the United States with a uniquely Philadelphia touch, style and tradition.
The Alliance Française school has two campuses, in Center City Philadelphia and at Bryn Mawr College, a faculty of more than 20 and a yearly registration of 1,500 students. The school offers a wide variety of courses designed to meet the needs of all students, from complete beginners to those who are fluent in French and want to further their conversational and/or grammatical skills as well as their knowledge of French civilization and culture.