Molly Medakovich is an independent art historian and educator. A lifelong Francophile, her fascination with French language, history and art led her to the field of 18th– and 19th-century French art history. Her specific research interests within this period include women artists, gender and visual culture, and the development of Paris as a center of artistic production and modern urban planning. A devoted educator, she has spent the last fifteen years exploring these and more broadly defined topics with her graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her Ph.D.
Since 2012, Molly has also worked in the Denver Art Museum’s department of learning and engagement. As a master teacher, she served as an educator on exhibition teams for Court to Café: Three Centuries of Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum (2013), Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection (2013), Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Collection of Esmond Bradley Martin (2013) and In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism (2015), among others. Now a teaching specialist with a focus on adult audiences and lifelong learning, you can often find Molly leading a monthly Mindful Looking session in the galleries, facilitating “Museum Rounds” with medical students or lecturing on European art.
Join Dr. Medakovich for an exploration of Impressionism and its legacy in the context of Masterworks from the Tobia and Morton Mower Collection. With Paris as a setting, she will explore the spirit of innovation that characterized artists working in this cultural and artistic epicenter from the 1870s to the 1930s