Since 1990, Christopher Riopelle has served at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900, and Associate Curator of the Rodin Museum of Philadelphia. Mr. Riopelle had studied at Carleton University, Ottawa; the University of Toronto; and The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Before coming to Philadelphia, he was Assistant Curator for Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and the American College in Paris.
Prior to his work on Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration and The Hands of Rodin: A Tribute to B. Gerald Cantor (at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 27 through June 22, 1997), Mr. Riopelle organized the exhibition Renoir: The Great Bathers, which assembled for the first time many preparatory studies and related works for one of Renoir's paintings (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1990). He also directed the organization of the exhibition City Into Country: Nineteenth-Century French Paintings from the Charlotte Dorrance Wright Bequest and Other Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, 1996). He served as co-curator in Philadelphia for Great French Paintings from The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1995); and organized The Image of the City in the Time of Pissarro, a complement to the exhibition The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro's Series (both Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1993). Mr. Riopelle also played a central role in the reinstallation of the Museum's European collections, a three-phase project that was completed in Fall 1995.
Mr. Riopelle has contributed essays and catalogue entries to such publications as the Encyclopedia of Interior Design (London and Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, forthcoming); the CD-ROM A Passion for Art: Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse and Dr. Barnes (Bellevue, Washington: Corbis Publishing, 1995); Great French Paintings from The Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Early Modern (New York: Knopf, 1993); and The Thames & Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20th-Century Architecture (London: Thames & Hudson, 1986). He has delivered lectures on painting and architecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu, California), New York University, and the University of California.
Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration and The Hands of Rodin: A Tribute to B. Gerald Cantor are made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Additional support has been provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. US Airways is the official airline. NBC 10 is the media sponsor. Rodin and Michelangelo was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Casa Buonarroti, Florence. The Hands of Rodin was organized by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.