On Aug. 3 the Sordoni Art Gallery opened its new exhibit, “L’Esprit: Exploring Wit and Beauty of French Prints.” This exhibition is curated by Nancy Sojka, an emerita curator of prints and drawings from Detroit Institute of Arts, and organized by Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
“One of the major themes we discovered when preparing for this exhibition was this preservation of simplicity in an era of rapid modernization and change,” said Karley Stasko, outreach coordinator.
“L’Esprit” displays a collection of French prints from the 1800s and 1900s and includes a variety of styles, such as commercial illustration, political cartoons, impressionism and proto-cubism. Also, there are over 30 artists who are featured in this exhibition.
“There are some big names that even art newcomers would recognize: Gaugain, Renoir, Valadon, and Cézanne,” said Stasko. “But there are…