Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama

Wednesday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Coffee will be served at 11:00 a.m. The lecture begins at 11:30 a.m.

Dubbed “the greatest actress of the Western world,” Sarah Bernhardt graced global stages and screens for well over half a century with a distinctly “feminine” and physical style of acting. Her talent for death scenes—Camille, Tosca, Hamlet—was so remarked that dying nightly, twice a day when there was a matinee, became de rigueur. Bernhardt’s afterlife, including a series of phrases still in use, like “Who Do You Think You Are--Sarah Bernhardt?” is one of many indices of her role as the first mass-media star.  

Writer, performer, and curator, Carol Ockman is the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art at Williams College. Her focus is modern and contemporary art with special interests in the body, trauma, and live performance. Ms. Ockman was  Curator of the eponymous award-winning exhibition (Jewish Museum, New York, 2005-6) Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama.

The Symposium on the Arts of France is not only a museum quality lecture program at the Alliance, it provides funding for our Cultural, Educational and Outreach programming each year.

Opportunities are still available for Grand Patron and Patron sponsorships. Please call Conery Hoffman at 312 337-1070 for more information on sponsorship benefits.