Hollis Clayson, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Northwestern University, hosts “The Dark Side of the Eiffel Tower,” an event where she talks about the sighting that sparked her World’s Fairs project: How Familiarity with the Tower hinders rather than promotes curiosity about its history and contemporary identity, during an event on Wednesday November 9 from 7:30 p.m.
The Tower’s past includes a stint as a primary center of anxiety for French industry, service as the world’s highest symbol of triumphant French colonialism, a proposed function as a brilliantly lit and experienced a ruthless stripping of much of its original iron ornamentation in the early 20th century.
Clayson will also discuss the unease with the current tower when it is recognized as a sassy urban stalker, popping up when least expected, disturbing many other viewers day and night.
Hollis Clayson is a modern art historian specializing in 19th century Europe, particularly France, and transatlantic exchanges between France and the United States. Her first book, “Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era”, appeared in 1991.
The conference will take place at Huntington’s Rothenberg Hall. Participation is free upon registration.
For more information, call (626) 405-2100 or visit www.huntington.org/event/dark-side-eiffel-tower.
The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens are located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino.