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Presenting ‘Black Moorish Woman’

“Black Moorish Woman,” Charles Cordier, 1856  PHOTO COURTESY OF DIA

“Black Moorish Woman,” Charles Cordier, 1856 PHOTO COURTESY OF DIA

Sculpture lecture and viewing at DIA

The Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Friends of African and African American Art, and the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe present the event “It’s All about Beauty, People and Color: Mauresque Noire in Context” May 11 at 2 p.m.

The event centers on the Detroit Institute of Art’s recently acquired Mauresque Noire (Black Moorish Woman) by French artist Charles Cordier. Laure de Margerie, French Sculpture  Census programme leader from the University of Texas at Dallas, will discuss Cordier’s masterful and unique approach to beauty, people and color in the context of his career and 19th century art in Europe.

Born in 1827, Cordier was among the first European artists who believed that beauty was to be found among every race across the globe. He travelled to many foreign countries where he interacted with the local people who became his models to better understand who they were and portray that identity in his work.

In a bold move away from the predominant trend of white marble sculpture, Cordier introduced color to his sculpture and continually diversified his repertoire.

Following the lecture will be a reception and gallery viewing of the Mauresque Noire. This event will take place at the DIA Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call 313.833.1720.

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