LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 4: From the Sacred to the Secular: The Role of Patrons"
Feb
20
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 4: From the Sacred to the Secular: The Role of Patrons"

Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 4: From the Sacred to the Secular: The Role of Patrons
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland

See series description on January 23 for more information.

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Feb
27
1:30 PM13:30

NO LECTURE

Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 5: The Creation of an Ideal and its Aftermath: Classicism and Counter-Classicism with Aneta Georgievska-Shine, originally scheduled for 2/27, is rescheduled for 3/27.

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LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art"
Mar
6
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art"

Contemporary African-American Art
Michael Salcman, art historian, poet, and neurosurgeon

 Dr. Salcman is pleased to present a lecture series on the subject of contemporary art by African-American artists for Art Seminar Group. After a long period of significant neglect, African-American Art has become one of the most exciting curatorial areas in contemporary art, a vital source of expansion and revisionism of the historical canon and an important sector of today’s art market.

 Part 1: A Dream Deferred            

 Part 2: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers

 Part 3: I Am the Darker Brother

In the first lecture of the series, A Dream Deferred, the historical context of work by African-American artists will be presented with brief discussions about the first well-known African-American artist, Joshua Johnson, a Marylander, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, as well as issues that have previously excluded or delayed proper recognition of African-American artists. We will explore the figurative work of artists in the 1950s and 1960s and influenced by the Harlem Renaissance like Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden.

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LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 2: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers"
Mar
13
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 2: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers"

Contemporary African-American Art, Part 2: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers
Michael Salcman, art historian, poet, and neurosurgeon

The second lecture in a series on contemporary African-American art by Dr. Salcman. My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers will be devoted to the black pioneers of abstract art: Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam and Jack Whitten among them; and abstract sculptors like David Hammons, Mel Edwards, and Martin Puryear.

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LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: I Am the Darker Brother"
Mar
20
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: I Am the Darker Brother"

Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: I Am the Darker Brother
Michael Salcman, art historian, poet, and neurosurgeon

In the final lecture of the series: I am the Darker Brother, Dr. Salcman will discuss the recuperation of black presence from the 1980s to the present within a wide variety of representational and conceptual formats: photography (Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson); neo-expressionist and abstract painting (Basquiat and Mark Bradford); conceptual art (Fred Wilson, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Theaster Gates); portraiture and landscape (Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Barkley Hendricks, Amy Sherald).

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 5: The Creation of an Ideal and its Aftermath: Classicism and Counter-Classicism"
Mar
27
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 5: The Creation of an Ideal and its Aftermath: Classicism and Counter-Classicism"

Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 5: The Creation of an Ideal and its Aftermath: Classicism and Counter-Classicism
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland

See series description on January 23 for more information.

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Originally scheduled for 2/27, this lecture was rescheduled for 3/27.

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LECTURE: David Gariff, "Modern Sculpture In The National Gallery of Art"
Apr
9
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: David Gariff, "Modern Sculpture In The National Gallery of Art"

Modern Sculpture In The National Gallery of Art
David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art houses an impressive collection of modern sculptures displayed throughout its many levels. Henry Moore’s Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece, Anthony Caro’s National Gallery Ledge Piece, and the enormous mobile, Untitled, by Alexander Calder were commissioned for the opening of the building in 1978 and are prominently displayed at the entrance and in the atrium. Other large-scale works by Max Ernst, Andy Goldsworthy, Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, and David Smith are also found in the atrium. Throughout the upstairs galleries, one can trace the history of 20th-century sculpture in parallel with the history of 20th-century painting.  David Gariff leads a tour of the Gallery’s modern sculptures through this lecture.  

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LECTURE: Vanessa Hoheb, "Monumental Sculptures:  The Artist/Artisan Collaboration"
Apr
16
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Vanessa Hoheb, "Monumental Sculptures:  The Artist/Artisan Collaboration"

Monumental Sculptures:  The Artist/Artisan Collaboration
Vanessa Hoheb, artisan and artist

Vanessa Hoheb grew up spending time in her father’s sculpture studio. At age 16, she began her formal apprenticeship in the studio, learning the skills and techniques of sculptural enlarging, mold making, casting, and restoration. The early years in the studio were filled with the excitement of working for artists Willem DeKooning, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Frederick Hart, and Jasper Johns.  Hoheb became a widely-recognized master artisan in these techniques. Between 1980 and 1984, Willem DeKooning, one of America’s most influential artists and a leader of the 20th century Abstract Expressionist movement, engaged Hoheb Studios in New York to enlarge three of his hand-sized sculptures to monumental size. So, how is a palm-sized clay sculpture turned into a monumental bronze artwork? The speaker will provide an in-depth presentation on the creative and technical processes used in the development of these important works while offering an eyewitness’s glimpse into who deKooning was as an artist and person. 

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LECTURE: David Gariff, "German Expressionism And Degenerate Art, Part 1"
Apr
23
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: David Gariff, "German Expressionism And Degenerate Art, Part 1"

German Expressionism And Degenerate Art, Part 1
David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art

Germany around 1900 was a volatile contradiction - modernizing rapidly yet deeply conservative in its values. This was fertile ground for the birth of German expressionism represented by the paintings and sculptures of Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Otto Müller, Emil Nolde, and others. With the rise of national socialism in the 1930s in Germany, many of these avant-garde artists and the movements of which they were a part came to be labeled “degenerate.” David Gariff explores the nature of German expressionist art against the backdrop of two important exhibitions mounted by the Nazis in 1937: The Great German Art Exhibition, on July 18, and the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition, on July 19. Through these two exhibitions and their related documents and propaganda, the Nazis sought to establish and support the reputation of the approved art of the Third Reich, while at the same time to unleash a destructive “tornado” (as Hitler referred to it) against modern art.

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MEMBERS-ONLY OVERNIGHT TRIP: Washington Theater Weekend with Murray Biggs
Apr
26
to Apr 28

MEMBERS-ONLY OVERNIGHT TRIP: Washington Theater Weekend with Murray Biggs

Washington Theater Weekend with Murray Biggs

A weekend of theatrical immersion in Washington, D.C. with Murray Biggs, special lecturer for Yale Educational Travel, Yale University spanning 2 nights. We will see three plays over the weekend accompanied by professor Biggs who will also lead illuminating discussions of each play. ASG has accommodations in place for members at the Dupont Circle hotel.

Murray Biggs, semi-retired adjunct associate professor of English, theater studies, and most recently film at Yale, is known throughout the campus, and with alumni everywhere, for his dynamic teaching style that inspires great enthusiasm and active participation. He has led renowned week-long and weekend theater seminars throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK.  Several ASG members have traveled with Murray and recommend him very highly.   

Members-only; a full description and Reply Form will be distributed to members in January. 

 

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LECTURE: David Gariff, "German Expressionism And Degenerate Art, Part 2"
Apr
30
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: David Gariff, "German Expressionism And Degenerate Art, Part 2"

German Expressionism And Degenerate Art, Part 2
David Gariff, Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art

David Gariff continues his overview of German Expressionism and Degenerate Art in Germany. See the April 23 series description for more information.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Theater Trip to Washington, D.C. to Arena Stage for Kleptocracy by Kenneth Lin
Feb
13
9:15 AM09:15

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Theater Trip to Washington, D.C. to Arena Stage for Kleptocracy by Kenneth Lin

Theater Trip to Washington, D.C. to Arena Stage for Kleptocracy by Kenneth Lin

 Kleptocracy has been described as a “Fearless political journey”. It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S. - Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.

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LECTURE: Judy Rousuck, "The Silver Screen Storms the Stage"
Feb
12
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Judy Rousuck, "The Silver Screen Storms the Stage"

Newly added!

The Silver Screen Storms the Stage
Judy Rousuck, former Baltimore Sun theater critic and current theater critic, WYPR

 Remember when hit Broadway musicals would be turned into movies? Think, “The Sound of Music," “The King and I”, “The Music Man,” to name a few. But that was then. Ever since “The Producers” and “Hairspray” struck box office gold on Broadway, the pattern has reversed. Today, almost half of the musicals on the Great White Way started out on screen -- shows like “Waitress,” “The Lion King,” “Mean Girls,” even last year’s Tony Award winner, “The Band’s Visit.” And, this Spring brings more: “Beetlejuice” and “Tootsie.” What is driving this trend? What does a movie need to make a good stage musical? J. Wynn Rousuck (theater critic at WYPR and former longtime critic at The Baltimore Sun) returns to explore this phenomenon in an illustrated lecture.

 $15 door fee for guests and subscribers

Note: The previously scheduled Joan DeJean lecture on embroidery has been cancelled.

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 3: Painting as a Form of Knowledge, Science and Philosophy"
Feb
6
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 3: Painting as a Form of Knowledge, Science and Philosophy"

Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 3: Painting as a Form of Knowledge, Science and Philosophy
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland

See series description on January 23 for more information.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 2: A Noble Art: How Painting Gradually Won its Place Among the Liberal Arts"
Jan
30
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 2: A Noble Art: How Painting Gradually Won its Place Among the Liberal Arts"

Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 2: A Noble Art: How Painting Gradually Won its Place Among the Liberal Arts
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland

See series description on January 23 for more information.

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 1: Lost and Recovered: Ancient Texts, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca and Lucretius"
Jan
23
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 1: Lost and Recovered: Ancient Texts, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca and Lucretius"

Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 1: Lost and Recovered: Ancient Texts, from Plato and Aristotle to Seneca and Lucretius
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland

 What were some of the crucial factors that shaped the visual arts of the Renaissance? Though we may think that the answers to this old question are well known, they are neither simple nor as clear as one might anticipate. The growth of wealth among merchants and other commoners was certainly one important social development that had consequences for the culture. Another was the rediscovery of the classical world – both in a literary and a visual sense. Yet another was the gradual introduction of secular subjects and themes… or was this a consequence of the other two trends? In this series of five lectures, we look at these and other aspects of social and cultural changes that led to an unprecedented flourishing in the visual arts of the Renaissance. While we will focus on Italy, we will also compare the visual culture of its artistic centers to developments in other parts of Europe.

Part 1:  Lost and Recovered: Ancient Texts, from Plato and Aristotle to Seneca and Lucretius

Part 2:  A Noble Art: How Painting Gradually Won its Place Among the Liberal Arts

Part 3:  Painting as a Form of Knowledge, Science and Philosophy

Part 4:  From the Sacred to the Secular: The Role of Patrons

Part 5:  The Creation of an Ideal and its Aftermath: Classicism and Counter-Classicism

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LECTURE: Bonita Billman, "Le Jazz Hot: French Art Deco"
Jan
15
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Bonita Billman, "Le Jazz Hot: French Art Deco"

Le Jazz Hot: French Art Deco
Bonita Billman, instructor in Art History, Georgetown University     

 What is Art Deco? The early 20th-century impulse to create “modern” design objects and environments suited to a fast-paced, industrialized world led to the development of countless expressions, all of which fall under the rubric of Art Deco. But nowhere did Art Deco emerge more coherently than in France. The style moderne, as it became known in France during its development in the 1910s and 1920s, reached its zenith at the great Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in the summer of 1925. Two principal characteristics dominate French Art Deco: its simultaneous expression of both modernity and national historical precedent, and its alliance of art and craft. The first characteristic displays not only an object’s suitability to life in the modern world but also its special French character through its link with the past. The second demonstrates not only technical mastery - be it represented by an object made by hand or with machinery (makers certainly recognized that new materials and technology could provide improvements and refinements) - but also the aesthetic vision of the artist.  Our speaker will discuss this vibrant movement involving jewelry, glass, furniture, fashion, metalwork, design and architecture as it occurred in France. 

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LECTURE: Michael Massing, "How A Religious Rivalry From Five Centuries Ago Can Help Us Understand Today’s Fractured World"
Jan
8
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Massing, "How A Religious Rivalry From Five Centuries Ago Can Help Us Understand Today’s Fractured World"

How A Religious Rivalry From Five Centuries Ago Can Help Us Understand Today’s Fractured World
Michael Massing, author and contributor to The New York Review of Books

Erasmus of Rotterdam was the leading humanist of the early 16th century; Martin Luther was a tormented friar whose religious rebellion gave rise to Protestantism. Initially allied in their efforts to reform the Catholic Church, the two had a bitter falling out over such key matters as works and faith, conduct and creed, free will and predestination. Erasmus embraced pluralism, tolerance, brotherhood, and a form of the Social Gospel rooted in the performance of Christ-like acts; Luther stressed God’s omnipotence and Christ’s divinity and saw the Bible as the Word of God, which had to be accepted and preached, even if it meant throwing the world into turmoil. Their rivalry represented a fault line in Western thinking - between the Renaissance and the Reformation; humanism and evangelicalism - that remains a powerful force in the world today.

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LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Shannon Egan, "Storytellers: Jeff Wall and Edward S. Curtis"
Dec
18
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Shannon Egan, "Storytellers: Jeff Wall and Edward S. Curtis"

Storytellers: Jeff Wall and Edward S. Curtis
Shannon Egan, director, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College

Although contemporary artist Jeff Wall may be best known for his engagement with the history of painting, several of his photographs compare in subject and style to those by early twentieth-century photographer Edward S. Curtis. The issues of factuality and staging in what Wall calls his “near documentary” style are central both to Curtis’ reputation and to Wall’s process. Wall’s photography, in its similarity to Curtis’ work, simultaneously contends with current socio-political issues of class and race while emphatically recalling photographic precedents. Likewise, Curtis’ carefully composed photographs interpret the fraught realities of Native cultures in order to re-picture an American past. Our speaker will discuss the two photographers’ analogous interests as well as how “artistic” photography is defined in both the early and late twentieth century.

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PERFORMANCE: Evan Drachman & Doris Stevenson, "Explore Brahms’ Sonata in F Major"
Dec
11
1:30 PM13:30

PERFORMANCE: Evan Drachman & Doris Stevenson, "Explore Brahms’ Sonata in F Major"

Explore Brahms’ Sonata in F Major
Evan Drachman, cellist and artistic director for The Piatigorsky Foundation
Doris Stevenson, pianist and artist in residence at Williams College

Cellists are incredibly lucky with the repertoire they have as just about every major composer wrote at least one masterpiece for the cello. There are six Suites by Bach for the solo cello. Beethoven wrote five Sonatas and one “triple” concerto spanning his entire career. Brahms composed two Sonatas, the early one in E Minor, and the later in F Major, in addition to his double concerto for violin and cello. There are concerti by Haydn, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Lalo, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Strauss’s Don Quixote. The only notable absence is a piece by Mozart. Oh well… without the struggle of trying to do justice to a Mozart concerto or sonata, cellists can say how magnificently they would have played a work by Mozart if only he had written one! Cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Doris Stevenson will explore the Sonata in F Major Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms through discussion and performance.

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MEMBERS-ONLY OVERNIGHT TRIP: Steven Horsch and Brian Allen, "Puritan but not Puritanical: Art & Architecture in Hartford & New Haven"
Dec
5
to Dec 6

MEMBERS-ONLY OVERNIGHT TRIP: Steven Horsch and Brian Allen, "Puritan but not Puritanical: Art & Architecture in Hartford & New Haven"

Overnight trip to Hartford & New Haven
Puritan but not Puritanical: Art & Architecture in Hartford & New Haven

Art Seminar Group will visit Hartford & New Haven, Connecticut for two days of superb art and architecture. Two of America’s oldest towns, Hartford & New Haven were settled in 1636 and 1638, respectively, by English Puritans whose interests, in addition to work and faith, included learning, literature, music and the visual arts as well as good government and town planning. We are very fortunate to be traveling again with architectural historian Steven Horsch and art historian Brian Allen who know this area intimately and will guide us on our foray to New England. After a short flight to Bradley Airport, serving the Hartford area, we will devote our first day to Hartford, where we will visit the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public museum in the country and Hartford’s crown jewel; known especially for its cutting edge exhibitions and fine collection of Hudson River School paintings. We will also visit the Atheneum’s largest art object, the former home of the legendary and innovative “Chick” Austin, the museum’s director from 1927 to 1944. Modeled on a grand 16th century villa near Venice, the house, 86 feet wide and only 18 feet deep, is decorated in spectacular and varied styles. In the 1930s it was a gathering place for leaders of the international art world.  If time permits, we will tour the State Capitol building, an 1879 wedding cake of a building known as the world’s “most beautiful ugly building”. Then we are off to New Haven to check-in at our hotel, The Study at Yale, followed by a group dinner. Thursday will be devoted to New Haven and include tours of the Yale Center for British Art, housed in an elegant, brutalist, 1977 building by Louis Kahn which completed a major restoration in 2016 and houses America’s finest collection of British art; the Yale University Art Gallery (three historic structures, each of architectural interest, one by Louis Kahn in modernist style, all open and renovated) with a new roof-top sculpture garden and a fine encyclopedic collection from ancient to the contemporary. Our day will conclude with a tour of the art and architecture on the Yale campus and a tour of the New Haven town green.   

Members only; trip description and reply form to be distributed following the release of the Fall newsletter.
 

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MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: John Waters: Indecent Exposure
Nov
28
1:30 PM13:30

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: John Waters: Indecent Exposure

John Waters: Indecent Exposure exhibition talk & tour with curator Kristen Hileman
Baltimore Museum of Art
Exhibit on view October 7, 2018 — January 6, 2019

The first retrospective of John Waters' visual arts career in his hometown of Baltimore presents more than 160 provocative photographs, sculptures, video and sound works. The exhibition concludes with a gallery devoted to ephemera, including objects from Waters’ home and studio that inspire him, and three peep-shows featuring footage from his rarely seen underground movies of the 1960s.

Waters’ renegade humor deployed through his works reveals the ways that mass media and celebrity embody cultural attitudes, moral codes, and shared tragedy. Exhibition highlights include a photographic installation in which Waters explores the absurdities of famous films and a suite of photographs and sculpture that propose humor as a way to humanize dark moments in history from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11. Waters also appropriates and manipulates images of less-than sacred, low-brow cultural references—Elizabeth Taylor’s hairstyles, Justin Bieber’s preening poses, his own self-portraits—and pictures of individuals brought into the limelight through his films, including his counterculture muse, Divine. Other themes explored include the artist’s childhood and identity, a satirical consideration of the contemporary art world, and the transgressive power of images.

This exhibition is generously supported by The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Exhibition Endowment Fund, Suzanne F. Cohen, Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Clair Zamoiski Segal, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Constance R. Caplan, The Charlesmead Foundation, Agnes Gund, Martha and Tad Glenn, Amy and Marc Meadows, The Pearlstone Family Fund, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, and Sherry and Stuart Christhilf.

 

ASG MEMBERS: to register for this event, please email Lisa Dillin, ASG Manager office@artseminargroup.org Due to the recent addition of this program, there is no Reply Form for this program.

 

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(CANCELLED) LECTURE: Michael Ambrose, "The Design DNA of the Modern Museum"
Nov
27
1:30 PM13:30

(CANCELLED) LECTURE: Michael Ambrose, "The Design DNA of the Modern Museum"

IMPORTANT NOTICE: TODAY’S LECTURE (TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27TH) HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The Design DNA of the Modern Museum
Michael Ambrose, AIA associate clinical professor and associate director, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park

Michael Ambrose returns to ASG to discuss the historical trajectory of museum design and select contemporary examples within the field of museum design. From Shinkel’s Altes Museum in the 1820’s to the contemporary Guggenheims and beyond, architects explore the avant-garde of spatial, technical and aesthetic design thinking in pursuit of the evolution of the museum typology. Creativity and curiosity come together in the historical morphology of architectural form and thought through visual thinking and visual making in the design of the contemporary museum.  The indulgence of “what if…” and “what could be…” are as fundamental as the historical imperatives of museums, collections, and exhibitions. Architectural conceptualization and problematization in the design of the modern museum trace their roots to a common set of design principles that are shared and evolve with each subsequent museum design. From Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, Korea, to the new Bildmuseet in Umeå, northern Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects, today’s museum architecture continues to look backward and forward simultaneously to challenge and delight, frustrate and reward patrons and publics the world over. This talk will explore historical models and burgeoning trends while introducing the works of a select group of architects and contemporary museum designs to illustrate these concepts.

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: "Theater Trip to New York - The Ferryman"
Nov
14
8:00 AM08:00

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: "Theater Trip to New York - The Ferryman"

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Theater Trip to New York - The Ferryman

Art Seminar Group is pleased to offer a day trip to see The Ferryman on Broadway on November 14th. Direct from a stunningly successful run in London, acclaimed by both critics and audiences, this is a play and production not to be missed. The Ferryman is a “rich, serious, deeply involving play about the shadows of the past and the power of silent love” (Ben Brantley, NYT).

Following unanimous, five-star critical acclaim and a thrice-extended, year-long run in London, Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes, finally debuts on Broadway this October. This “fiercely gripping play” (Ben Brantley, NYT) is directed by Academy® and Tony Award® winner Sam Mendes and has won three Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director; three Evening Standard Theatre Awards, including Best Play and Best Director; three WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director; and was named the Best New Play at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. The stars of the London production (Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly) will reprise their roles in New York, as will the key members (Director Sam Mendes, Lighting Designer Peter Mumford, Sound & Music Director Nick Powell) of the creative team.

Setting the scene: Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. More information on this theatrical production here:  www.theferrymanbroadway.com

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LECTURE: Diane Coburn Bruning, "The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 4 of 4) Two Dance Interpretations"
Nov
13
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Diane Coburn Bruning, "The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 4 of 4) Two Dance Interpretations"

The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 4 of 4)
Diane Coburn Bruning, choreographer and artistic director, Chamber Dance Project

Two Dance Interpretations of Don Quixote: Don Quixote is a ballet in four acts and eight scenes, based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The most enduring version was choreographed by Marius Petipa with the music of Ludwig Minkus and premiered by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Russia on December 26, 1869. Petipa then expanded the ballet into five acts using the same designs for the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet which premiered on November 21, 1871. The leading characters have some of the most challenging roles in classical ballet and have been performed by many of the greatest dancers in history. In 1965 George Balanchine, inspired by his muse Suzanne Farrell, created his own version and played Don Quixote to her Kitri. Diane Coburn Bruning will discuss the original Don Quixote production and the structural elements of classical ballet employed and then touch upon the more recent Balanchine version.

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MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Frances Klapthor, "Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography"
Nov
7
1:30 PM13:30

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Frances Klapthor, "Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography"

Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography
Frances Klapthor, associate curator for Asian art at The Baltimore Museum of Art

Curator Frances Klapthor will lecture on Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography in the Meyerhoff Auditorium before leading ASG members on a tour of the exhibition in the gallery. Time Frames brings together 39 artworks by 33 artists born between 1929 and 1987 in four countries: Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan. Encompassing both hyperbolic and poetic images, the artists explore time in many ways: a time of day, a reflection about the world or shared cultural history, a past remembered or invented, an experience being lived or re-lived. A few address suspended time as periods of waiting or sleep. Some are real-time images. Others were created as a result of the length of time required for an artist to become immersed in the world of the photograph, to manipulate the subject or to capture the image. This exhibit will be on view at the BMA from November 4, 2018 through March 24, 2019. 

Members-only; Pre-registration required: please RSVP via the Reply Form.
 

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LECTURE: John Marciari, "An Impetuous Genius: Drawings by Jacopo Tintoretto"
Oct
30
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: John Marciari, "An Impetuous Genius: Drawings by Jacopo Tintoretto"

An Impetuous Genius: Drawings by Jacopo Tintoretto 
John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard curator and head of the department of drawings and prints, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Although Tintoretto's paintings are immediately recognizable to most museum-goers and visitors to Venice, his drawings are unfamiliar even to many scholars of the Italian Renaissance. In conjunction with the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth, John Marciari has organized the first exhibition ever to provide a comprehensive look at Tintoretto’s drawings. Drawings in Tintoretto’s Venice presents a new overview of Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman and will be on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from October 2018 to January 2019, moving to the National Gallery of Art from March to May 2019, Drawings in Tintoretto’s Venice presents a new overview of Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman. The lecture will introduce the principal themes of the exhibition, with a look at Tintoretto’s sources, the evolution of his drawing style, his use of drawings as part of his painting practice, as well as for the purpose of training a large workshop of assistants. Marciari will also reflect on the problems of studying Tintoretto as a draftsman and on planning an exhibition with loans from collections across the US and Europe.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Sparking Museum Joy: Day Trip to Pittsburgh for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018
Oct
18
8:00 AM08:00

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Sparking Museum Joy: Day Trip to Pittsburgh for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018

Sparking Museum Joy: Day Trip to Pittsburgh for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018                 
Private tour with Ingrid Schaffner, curator of the International

In 1896, just a year after the first Venice Biennale, Andrew Carnegie directed his curators at the Carnegie Museum of Art to find “the Old Masters of tomorrow,” inaugurating the Carnegie International. The exhibition was intended to inspire local audiences and artists, and to position Pittsburgh as a center of not only industry but of modern culture. Now held every five years, the curated International is one of the leading exhibitions of contemporary art. The 57th iteration of the exhibition is organized by Ingrid Schaffner, a curatorial innovator known for her intensely researched and widely accessible exhibitions. Presenting work by 32 artists and artist collectives from around the world, the exhibition invites visitors to explore what it means to be “international” at this moment in time, through exhibitions within the museum and also offsite. The pleasure of being with art inspired the composition of this International – with a goal of “sparking museum joy” within visitors.

Art Seminar Group members will have a private guided tour of the exhibition with Ingrid Schaffner. 

Members-only; trip description and reply form will be distributed following the release of the Fall newsletter.

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 2 of 4) Don Quixote in the Visual Arts"
Oct
17
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 2 of 4) Don Quixote in the Visual Arts"

The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 2 of 4)
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland 


Don Quixote in the Visual Arts: Though Cervantes’ novel did not seem to have a direct impact on the visual culture of Spain, its resonance for later artists is undeniable – from Honoré Daumier to Dali and Picasso. Yet, as we shall see in this exploration of visual reflections upon this novel, the themes it addresses had a great currency among artists of Cervantes’s age, including, most famously, Diego Velázquez.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 1 of 4) The Moment of Don Quixote"
Oct
10
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 1 of 4) The Moment of Don Quixote"

The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha and his Cultural Legacy: Four Centuries of Creativity Inspired by Don Quixote: (lecture 1 of 4)
Aneta Georgievska-Shine, professor of art history, University of Maryland 

Don Quixote, the main protagonist of the eponymous novel by Miguel de Cervantes, is one of the most famous characters in the history of Western literature. A would-be knight errant enamored of chivalric romances, he ventures into the world in a quest for adventure only to become the butt of countless jokes on account of his delusions of grandeur. In his search for lost ideals, reality and fiction are interchangeable and indistinguishable, as epitomized by his fight with windmills and his infatuation with a common peasant girl whom he perceives as the noblest of ladies.

At the core of this satirical, tragi-comic fiction, is a deeply philosophical question: how well can we know the world or anything within it for that matter? Instead of an answer, Cervantes offers only a series of narrative situations, each one more preposterous than the other, as if to suggest that any hope of answering that question is an absurdist dream. This series of four lectures explores some of the most important aspects of the cultural legacy of this narrative - often called the first modern novel - which has inspired countless works by artists, writers, and musicians since its original publication more than four hundred years ago.

The Moment of Don Quixote: What was it that led to the creation of Don Quixote in the first place? Why was it written in Spain, around 1600? What does this novel tell us about the literary milieu of Cervantes? What do its themes and their treatment tell us about some of the cultural anxieties of his era? These are some of the questions Georgievska-Shine will be addressing in the first lecture of the series.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

 

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LECTURE: Joseph Cassar, "Henri Matisse: His Life & Travels"
Oct
2
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Joseph Cassar, "Henri Matisse: His Life & Travels"

Henri Matisse: His Life & Travels
Joseph Cassar, professor of art, University of Maryland University College and the New York Times Knowledge Network

Painter, collage artist, and colorist Henri Matisse was heavily influenced by the art of other cultures. Matisse immersed himself in the study of old masters and his contemporaries early on, collecting many works by those he admired. But his studies did not end there; he expanded his understanding of art and design through visits to exhibitions of international art and through global travel. After seeing an exhibition of work by Delacroix based on the artist’s time in Africa, Matisse traveled to North Africa to see this source for himself. Eventually, he saw several exhibitions of Islamic and Asian art, traveled to Spain to study Moorish Art, purchased textiles in Tangier, and spent time in Tahiti. As a consequence, he incorporated some of the decorative and stylistic qualities of these Non-Western influences into his own style. His contemporaries and close companions, Gauguin and Picasso, also sampled Non-Western art and design motifs. During the early part of the 20th century in Paris, the artistic elite readily rejected academic tradition. Non-Western art, particularly African art, became a source of inspiration for artists searching for new systems of representation eventually leading to the practice of abstraction in Western art.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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PERFORMANCE: Frederick Hodges, "Fascinating Rhythm: The Music Of George Gershwin"
Sep
25
1:30 PM13:30

PERFORMANCE: Frederick Hodges, "Fascinating Rhythm: The Music Of George Gershwin"

Fascinating Rhythm: The Music Of George Gershwin
Frederick Hodges, PhD, concert pianist

Renowned concert pianist Frederick Hodges brings the magic, romance, and toe-tapping energy of the timeless music of George Gershwin to ASG. Throughout his illustrious career, from the rhythmic ragtime era until the sophisticated 1930s, Gershwin captured the spirit of American music. His name evokes images and sounds of the Jazz Age, The Roaring Twenties, glittering Hollywood musicals, a wealth of Broadway musicals, and the beloved concert works that sprung from his creative imagination. The concert will feature favorite Gershwin melodies such as I Got Rhythm, The Man I Love, Embraceable You, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Summertime, and Somebody Loves Me, played in virtuosic style by Frederick Hodges who is critically acclaimed as the definitive interpreter of the music of George Gershwin. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon — Who could ask for anything more?

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Private Tour of Meyerhoff and Becker Collection
Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Private Tour of Meyerhoff and Becker Collection

Private Tour of Meyerhoff and Becker Collection
With Bob Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
10 am tour

Art Seminar Group invites you to the residence and galleries of Robert E. Meyerhoff for a private tour of Bob Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker’s remarkable collection of large-scale contemporary photography by such artists as Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Struth, Thomas Demand, Jeff Wall and Cindy Sherman. We will also briefly see one of the most renowned collections of Post War art in the world, featuring works by Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Stella, among others. Both collections are promised to the National Gallery of Art which featured the photography collection at the reopening of the East Wing in September 2016.

Space will be limited to 20 members. Pre-registered members only. Driving directions will be provided to registered members. For questions, contact office@artseminargroup.org

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Renwick Gallery and “DAVE” at Arena Stage
Aug
2
9:00 AM09:00

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Renwick Gallery and “DAVE” at Arena Stage

Participating members will enjoy viewing “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Renwick Gallery followed by the musical production “DAVE” at Arena Stage.

 

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum


Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 75,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of artistic ingenuity, driving innovation through its principles of radical self-expression, decommodification, communal participation, and reverence for the handmade. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man remains one of the most influential phenomenona in contemporary American art and culture.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. Taking over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, it brings alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement. Immersive room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, and ephemera transport visitors to the gathering’s famed “Playa,” while selected photographs and archival materials from the Nevada Museum of Art's show City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man trace Burning Man’s growth and its bohemian roots.
 

World-Premiere musical “Dave” – Adapted from the Oscar-nominated film  

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people … and the First Lady. 

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