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Curator's Talk: When Man Ray Met Wallis Simpson
The many discoveries uncovered in curatorial research for the exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years include one involving American socialite Wallis Simpson, who visited Man Ray's Paris studio in 1936, only a few years before the start of World War II. At that time, Simpson, who was married to her second husband, the Anglo American shipping executive Ernest Aldrich Simpson, was having an affair with England's King Edward VIII. King Edward's declaration of his intention to marry Simpson created a constitutional crisis that would lead to his abdication later that year. Please join Dr. Michael Taylor, curator of Man Ray: The Paris Years, for this fascinating lecture on the role that Man Ray's portraits of Simpson played in the scandal that forever changed the course of British history.

Jan 26, 2022 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Michael Taylor
Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education @VMFA
Dr. Michael R. Taylor joined VMFA in 2015 as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art & Education. A native of London, England, Taylor served as Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College until March 2015. Prior to his tenure at the Hood, Taylor worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1997 until 2011, most recently as the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art and Head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. A highly regarded museum administrator, curator, author, and expert on modern and contemporary art, Taylor is a scholar of Dada and Surrealism with a focus on the work and ideas of Marcel Duchamp. Taylor’s 2009 exhibition catalogue, Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés, won both the prestigious George Wittenborn Prize and first prize for best museum permanent collection catalogue by the American Association of Art Museum Curators. In addition to leading the Art & Education Division, Taylor is the exhibition curator for Man Ray: The Paris Years.