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Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern

July 1, 2022 | Claudia Einecke

A marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin showing two figures representing Christ and Mary Magdalene.

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Christ and Mary Magdalene, original model 1894, carved by Victor Peter, 1908, marble, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2014.32.

Coming soon! Opens October 21

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is one of the most celebrated sculptors of the modern age. Due in part to the collectors, critics, and curators who helped shape the public image of his work, he is represented in museums and private collections across the globe. Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern follows his rise to eminence in the United States, beginning in 1893, when the first Rodin sculpture entered an American museum; expanding with a surge of interest from private collectors in the early 1900s and a spate of key museum acquisitions in the 1920s and 1930s; continuing through decades of disinterest at midcentury; and culminating with his popular and critical revival in the 1980s.

Seventy sculptures and drawings in the exhibition feature many of Rodin’s best-known compositions as well as less familiar works and numerous expressive and probing drawings. They show Rodin’s genius across an array of media, from terracotta and plaster to bronze and marble, and illuminate his creative process, from studies and maquettes to finished works—ultimately revealing this artist’s incredible daring and inventiveness as he continually pushed against and beyond traditional notions of sculpture.

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Opening Weekend Celebration: Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern
Saturday, October 22, 5–9 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the opening of Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern. Members enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the exhibition and music by Black Box Disco, an interactive drawing demonstration, and cash bars. Plus, be sure to grab a few fun shots with our selfie booth from DigiBooths!

On view at the High through January 15, 2023, this exhibition follows Rodin’s rise to eminence in America due in large part to the collectors, critics, and curators who helped make it happen.

Opening Weekend Lecture by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain
Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m.

Join Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, the director general of the National Institute of the History of Art in Paris, for the opening lecture. Visit for details.

Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern is organized by the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by Troutman Pepper.

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

ACT Foundation, Inc.
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Harry Norman Realtors
wish Foundation

Robin and Hilton Howell

The Antinori Foundation
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The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

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Sandra and Dan Baldwin
Mr. and Mrs. Robin E. Delmer
Marcia and John Donnell
Mrs. Peggy Foreman
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Wade A. Rakes II and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren

Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund