LECTURE: Sarah Greenough, "Photography Reinvented: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Collection"
Dec
19
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Sarah Greenough, "Photography Reinvented: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Collection"

Photography Reinvented: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Collection
Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art

Sarah Greenough, the founding curator of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker’s collection of contemporary photography. Acquired between 2007 and 2016, their collection includes groundbreaking pictures by many of the most celebrated photographers of our time, such as Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, Cindy Sherman, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others. Ms. Greenough will speak about the evolution of the Meyerhoff-Becker collection and note how these photographers - through their innovative experimentation and visionary conceptual scope - have changed the course of contemporary photography.

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LECTURE: Evan Drachman, "Chopin’s Other Favorite Instrument: An Exploration of Chopin’s Music for the ‘Cello"
Dec
12
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Evan Drachman, "Chopin’s Other Favorite Instrument: An Exploration of Chopin’s Music for the ‘Cello"

Chopin’s Other Favorite Instrument: An Exploration of Chopin’s Music for the ‘Cello
Evan Drachman, cellist and Artistic Director for The Piatigorsky Foundation

Frederic Chopin was one of the greatest pianists of all time. In addition to performing, he composed a large body of works primarily for his own instrument. These works have stood the test of time and have been beloved by musicians and audiences since their conception.  Chopin’s music possesses a quality of both lyricism and technical virtuosity. The technical challenges in this music changed the scope of the piano’s capabilities. Interestingly, Chopin wrote for only one other instrument. He composed three works for ‘cello and piano as well as a trio for piano, violin and ‘cello. Drachman will discuss Chopin’s music for the cello as well as perform his great Sonata Op. 65 in G minor with pianist Richard Dowling. 

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP - Old and New Masters at the Barnes and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
Dec
7
8:00 AM08:00

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP - Old and New Masters at the Barnes and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts

ASG members will begin this day trip with a guided tour or the Kiefer Rodin exhibit on view The Barnes Foundation with Thom Collins, Executive Director of the Barnes. The Barnes is presenting new pieces by renowned contemporary artist, Anselm Kiefer, created in response to masterworks of sculpture and drawings by Auguste Rodin. The mission of the 100 piece exhibition is to promote a conversation between new and old art. This tour is followed by lunch at The Union League of Philadelphia which has a distinguished collection of art and artifacts and is on the Register of Historic Places. Members will then embark on a self-guided tour of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts which has various exhibits on view including:
1) Chuck Close Photographs 
2) The Loaded Brush: The Oil Sketch and the Philadelphia School of Painting explores Thomas Eakins’ practice of making oil sketches
3) Graphic Women: rarely seen drawings, etchings, pastels, and watercolors by such professional Philadelphia women artists as Cecilia Beaux, Susan MacDowell Eakins and Mary Cassatt from 1880 to the early 20th century.
4) Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms - subversions and potentialities of feminine forms through works by women artists including Kara Walker, Lesley Dill, Betye Saar, Edna Andrade, Eleanor Heller, Nancy Spero, Joan Mitchell and Kay Walkingstick.

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LECTURE: Matthew Bachman, "Steinway & Sons: A Cultural Force for Innovation and Excellence"
Dec
5
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Matthew Bachman, "Steinway & Sons: A Cultural Force for Innovation and Excellence"

Steinway & Sons: A Cultural Force for Innovation and Excellence
Dr. Matthew Bachman, Director of Institutional Advancement and Operations, Steinway Piano of Baltimore/Washington, DC


Since 1853, Steinway & Sons has been at the forefront of American culture. Founded to build the best piano possible, Steinway has been producing pianos with a unique blend of old world craftsmanship and cutting edge technology since its inception. Having survived numerous economic downturns and national crises (including, but not limited to, warding off rioters threatening to burn their New York factory during the Civil War), Steinway has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operating American businesses. From the beginning, Steinway has been committed to bringing the world’s finest musical talent to the Americas, beginning with Anton Rubinstein in the 19th century, Ignaz Paderewski and Vladimir Horowitz in the 20th, and Lang Lang and Yuja Wang in the 21st. This presentation will outline the history and impact of Steinway & Sons on American culture from its inception through the present, share secrets of the construction of the legendary Steinway grand piano (with visuals and an actual Steinway grand), and provide a glimpse to what the future of Steinway holds.  This presentation will include surprise guest performers!

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Exploring Lincoln Center:  Art & Architecture Tour and Theater "JUNK" by Ayad Akhtar
Nov
29
6:30 AM06:30

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Exploring Lincoln Center: Art & Architecture Tour and Theater "JUNK" by Ayad Akhtar

Members will begin this NY day trip with an Art and Architecture Tour at Lincoln Center where paintings, sculpture, limited-edition prints, posters, and buildings by the leading artists and architects of this and the last century can be found outside and inside the theaters on this world-famous 16-acre campus. Tour highlights include pieces by Henry Moore, Jasper Johns, Lee Bontecou and Richard Lippold. Following this guided tour members will enjoy lunch at American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson. Lunch will be followed by the main event JUNK: A new play by Ayad Akhtar at Lincoln Center Theater. Set in the high-flying, risk-seeking, teetering financial world of the 1980s and inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, this riveting story shows us from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered. Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County and TV’s “Rescue Me”) leads an impeccable cast, directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), in this no-holds-barred portrait of the dark side of the American Dream.

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LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Sarah Gordon, "Refiguring Muybridge: The Animal Locomotion Nudes Then and Now"
Nov
14
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Sarah Gordon, "Refiguring Muybridge: The Animal Locomotion Nudes Then and Now"

Refiguring Muybridge: The Animal Locomotion Nudes Then and Now
Sarah Gordon, lecturer, curator & art consultant, Washington, DC

Eadweard Muybridge has long been known as the “Father of the Motion Picture” for his 1870s serial fast action photographs of horses galloping, the predecessor to the film strip. The male and female nudes he photographed as part of the Animal Locomotion project in the 1880s are equally as groundbreaking but far less studied. This talk will discuss the Animal Locomotion nudes’ pivotal position in Muybridge’s motion studies and their role in major intellectual advances of the Victorian era, including the development of modern art, advances in science and medicine, and the emergence of evolutionary theory. We will then look closely at contemporary responses to the Animal Locomotion nudes. While 1960s conceptual artists tended to incorporate the seriality and gridded nature of Muybridge’s pictures into their work, other recent painters and lens-based artists have investigated issues of gender, power, and pleasure, which are equally prominent in the Muybridge nudes. Through this investigation, we will begin to understand Muybridge not only as the father of film, but also as the instigator of a very particular mode of viewing the human body.

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Nov
13
9:15 AM09:15

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

DC Day Trip: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

ASG returns to NMAAHC! The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands: It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington, D.C. to engage new audiences and to work with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

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LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Michael Ambrose, "Scale: Contemporary Issues of Conceptualization and Realization in Architecture"
Nov
7
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Michael Ambrose, "Scale: Contemporary Issues of Conceptualization and Realization in Architecture"

Scale: Contemporary Issues of Conceptualization and Realization in Architecture
Michael Ambrose, Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Architecture Program, University of Maryland

Professor Ambrose returns to Art Seminar Group for a discussion of issues of scale from both the conceptualization of design ideas in the “how” of architectural design and practice and the “what” of architectural production in the realization of contemporary buildings and building cultures. Architects at the New York design and design-build firm SHoP say “make buildings conceptual and make concepts buildable”. This new adage begins to engage the multifaceted issue of scale in contemporary architectural discourse. Fundamental shifts in the means and methods of architectural thought and production are changing the ways architects conceive of and design architecture. This is leading to interesting new relationships and interrogations of scale in architecture today.

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LECTURE: Rena M. Hoisington, "Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White"
Oct
31
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Rena M. Hoisington, "Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White"

Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White**
Rena M. Hoisington, Senior Curator and Department Head, Department of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, The Baltimore Museum of Art

Exhibition curator Rena Hosington will discuss the BMA’s exhibit Black, White and Abstract (on view at the BMA through October 1, 2017) which considers the work of three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.

The BMA is fortunate to have strong holdings of works by Callahan and Siskind, and now White as well thanks to the recent acquisition of the nine-part series Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14, never before on view at the Museum. Born within a decade of one another, Callahan, Siskind, and White each took up photography in the 1930s, with their work coming to the fore in the 1940s and 1950s as they embarked on long teaching careers. Although they worked primarily in black and white they periodically experimented with color photography, especially Callahan. Each, in his own way, was interested in pursuing abstraction, though their work was always tied to representational subject matter. All three photographers were also intrigued by exploring formal and/or conceptual themes through series of photographs.

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** on view at the BMA through October 1, 2017

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MEMBERS-ONLY INTERNATIONAL TRIP: Vienna: Treasures of an Imperial Capital and Birthplace of Modern Design
Oct
29
to Nov 5

MEMBERS-ONLY INTERNATIONAL TRIP: Vienna: Treasures of an Imperial Capital and Birthplace of Modern Design

Vienna: Treasures of an Imperial Capital and Birthplace of Modern Design

 This exclusive art journey, organized by Gayle Tilles of Connoisseur Arts and led by engaging European art experts Dr. Ulrich Leben and Chris Boïcos joined by Viennese curators and experts, will showcase magnificent treasures of this former imperial capital throughout the centuries to the present day.

Participants will discover breathtaking imperial treasures, the finest collections of master paintings and drawings, and magnificient architecture and sculpture, while enjoying classic Viennese restaurants and coffee houses, private receptions and dinners--promising to be an unforgettable art journey of a lifetime.

Members-only; please see full description for details and RSVP via the Vienna Trip Registration Form.  Contact ASG Office for more information.

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LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Photography: Technology and Traditions"
Oct
24
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Photography: Technology and Traditions"

Art Right Now - Photography: Technology and Traditions
Paula Burleigh, teaching fellow, Whitney Museum of American Art

The digital age has redefined the field of photography, a medium that is unique for its overlap with the non-art world. Indeed, we live in and for pictures. Owing to the advent of Photoshop and other means of digital editing, the appearance of photographic imagery is no longer constrained by the fact-based physical world. Photography today occupies a strange and sometimes uneasy position between acting as document/witness, and a fabricated image. We will look at how artists working in photography negotiate this tension, how photographic methods have changed along with technology, how photography has changed post-internet, and finally, how artists continue to experiment with now antiquated methods of film-based photography.  Artists featured will include Rodney Graham, An-My Lê, Catherine Opie, Josephine Pryde and Lisa Oppenheim, among others.

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LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Ethnography and Place in Contemporary Art"
Oct
17
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: ​​​​​​​Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Ethnography and Place in Contemporary Art"

Art Right Now - Ethnography and Place in Contemporary Art
Paula Burleigh, teaching fellow, Whitney Museum of American Art

In 1996, the art historian Hal Foster published “The Artist as Ethnographer,” arguing that art had experienced an “ethnographic turn” whereby artists routinely adapted language and methods from anthropology to make representations of cultures and communities (usually not their own). Drawing upon recent trends in film, video, and performance-based work, this lecture reconsiders Foster’s ideas in relation to the contemporary art world, highlighting artists who engage themes of cultural representation, place-based identity, and cultural history in their practice. We will look at how artists try to negotiate the politics of representing communities and people, with the dangers of appropriation and fetishization. We will consider examples of artworks that challenge conventions of the travel narrative, the documentary film, and the interview, in order to move toward a model of art making that accords agency to both the artist-creator and the represented subject. Artists to be discussed include Paul Chan, Maya Stovall, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sky Hopinka, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, among others.

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LECTURE: Russell Sale, "Protecting Fertility in Fra Filippo Lippi’s ‘Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement' in the MET"
Oct
10
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Russell Sale, "Protecting Fertility in Fra Filippo Lippi’s ‘Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement' in the MET"

Protecting Fertility in Fra Filippo Lippi’s ‘Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement' in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
J. Russell Sale, Ph.D., Research Associate in Renaissance and Baroque Art, The Walters Art Museum

In this lecture, Dr. Sale will expand our understanding of Fra Filippo Lippi’s ‘Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement’, a fascinating but problematic Renaissance portrait. He will report on his investigation of the male figure’s significant gesture, its multiple meanings over time, and how its use by Lippi expands our understanding of the portrait.

The figure’s hands present the ancient mano cornuta, or horned-hand gesture, with the index and little fingers extended and the middle and ring fingers bent down. With a legacy of erotic and phallic associations in Greek and Roman art, the gesture had a variety of associations. A major one was as an apotropaic motif for warding off the Evil Eye - the harm that was believed to be caused by an envious gaze - a Mediterranean-wide folk belief that has persisted to modern times. The gesture’s perceived potency for protection and promoting well-being also led to its adaptation as a Christian Blessing. Displayed conspicuously to ward off danger in the portrait, the gesture protects the family lineage signified by the heraldic arms on which it rests, as well as the fecundity of the young woman who is the prime interest of the man and his action. The male and his gesture also bring a message of anticipated fertility through the meeting of masculine and feminine life forces.

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MEMBERS-ONLY TRIP: Chihuly at NYBG and The Bronx Museum of The Arts    
Oct
5
6:30 AM06:30

MEMBERS-ONLY TRIP: Chihuly at NYBG and The Bronx Museum of The Arts    

Day trip to New York: Tours of Chihuly at The New York Botanical Garden and The AIM Biennial at The Bronx Museum of The Arts                  

The New York Botanical Garden, founded in 1891, is a National Historic Landmark and one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world.  An iconic living museum, it is distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens.  A special exhibit of artworks by the world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is now on view. ASG members will have a guided tour of some of the artist’s 20 works that dazzle the eye with color, light and form. 

After lunch, ASG will head to the Bronx Museum of the Arts, an internationally recognized cultural destination presenting innovative contemporary art exhibitions, founded in 1972.  It moved into its award-winning building on the Grand Concourse, designed by Arquitectonica, in 2006. We will be guided through several exhibits including Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial, Heidi Lau: The Primordial Molder and Ivan Velez: Bronx Haiku. Bronx Calling features the work of seventy-two emerging artists from the 2016 and 2017 classes of the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program. AIM provides professional development resources to emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. More information: http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/

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LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part II"
Oct
3
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part II"

Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part II
Paula Burleigh, teaching fellow, Whitney Museum of American Art  

In this second lecture on contemporary painting now, Paula Burleigh continues her examination of the re-emergence of painting as a medium, along with its traditional genres, among today’s artists.  This talk will include a look at works on paper.   

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LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part I"
Sep
26
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part I"

Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part I
Paula Burleigh, teaching fellow, Whitney Museum of American Art

Suffering more deaths and revivals than any other medium, painting was declared regressive and moribund throughout the second half of the 20th century, only to make perennial returns from the grave. Arguably we are in the midst of one such return: after the wane of painting’s popularity in the 1990s, the 21st century has ushered in a renewal of the medium as well as traditional genres including history painting, portraiture and still life. These two lectures explore these and other themes discernible in contemporary painting, including sensuality and the body, abstraction, the politics of representation, and folk art aesthetics. We will look at examples of painting (and in the second part, works on paper as well) by both established and emerging artists working today, including Kerry James Marshall, Amy Sillman, Terry Winters, Nicole Eisenman, Tschabalala Self, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Tala Madani, among others.

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LECTURE: Brian Allen, "What’s American About American Art?"
Sep
19
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Brian Allen, "What’s American About American Art?"

What’s American About American Art?
Brian Allen, independent curator and scholar

“What’s American about American Art?” plots the continuum of American Art from the 18th century to today through a focused investigation of seven paintings from the National Gallery of Art. The artists selected to represent American Art over the course of the last 250 years are John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Glen Ligon. Many factors contribute to the creation of distinctly American painting: a focus on tangibles, empirical facts, objective visual representation, and a drive to capture no more than the essentials comes from American practicality and a Puritan belief that God created all earthly things to serve a purpose and a sense of God having blessed America with limitless abundance. It's not coincidental that so many American artists also worked in advertising and for newspapers. American interest in new products and technologies, popular forms of entertainment and everyday life became the subject of American Art in the modern era, reflecting the unique civic identity of an ever-changing vast country leavened by new people and cultures.

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LECTURE: Erica Battle, "Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies"
Sep
12
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Erica Battle, "Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies"

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies
Erica F. Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

This talk will examine Bruce Nauman’s latest works, concentrating on the momentous and monumental seven-projection video and sound installation Contrapposto Studies, I through VII(2015/2016), which recently premiered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Repeating and fragmenting images of the artist walking in the manner of contrapposto - Italian for “counterpose”—this momentous work both revisits an earlier video work, Walk with Contrappostoof 1968, and innovates new conceptual, compositional, and technological territory within the artist’s practice. Taking into consideration the relationship between this installation with Nauman’s early experiments in film, video, and sculpture of the mid-to-late 1960s, the lecture will trace the lineage of the artist’s use of proportional ideals, art historical motifs, and elements of sound that inform his oeuvre in which his body is constantly at work. It will also broaden the usual field of reference within the art historian’s analysis of Nauman’s career to delve into earlier connections within the history of art—including Renaissance-era representations and Greek Classical sculpture—that his late works wryly and incisively invoke. This lecture prefigures the upcoming publication Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studiesco-edited by Erica F. Battle and Carlo Basualdo, to be published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press in Winter 2018.

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MEMBERS-ONLY TRIP: Contemporary American Theater Festival
Jul
26
9:45 AM09:45

MEMBERS-ONLY TRIP: Contemporary American Theater Festival

Contemporary American Theater Festival
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
9:45 a.m., depart Suburban Club

An “essential summer festival” per the New York Times, CATF is an annual festival of new plays by American playwrights. “CATF specializes in theater about contemporary issues that challenge and entertain. The festival seeks plays that “are designed to provoke, instigate, disturb, and ultimately entertain...new works that come from a place of passion and conviction about society’s hopes and fears...plays that probe the complexities of our world.” -- Ed Herendeen, Founder & Artistic Director

Art Seminar Group will be attending three plays at CATF this year: Niceties, We Will Not Be Silent and Wild Horses. Boxed dinner will be included for all members during our post-performance discussion with Ed Herendeen.

Tickets are still available. Please see Members page to download a copy of the full description and Reply Form. 

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SUMMER FILM SERIES IV: "North by Northwest" - Hitchcock
Jul
20
1:30 PM13:30

SUMMER FILM SERIES IV: "North by Northwest" - Hitchcock

North by Northwest (1959)
Introduction and commentary by Linda DeLibero, director, Film & Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau. When a nondescript ad exec is mistaken for an international spy, he’s forced to hone his survival instincts—and his sense of self—fast. This bracing cross-country thriller inspired the James Bond franchise and was Hitchcock’s finest variation on the theme of mistaken identity, featuring perhaps the most famous chase sequence in film history (“that’s funny . . . that plane’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t no crops”). It was also the director’s final collaboration with Grant, who, in his role as the feckless ad man discovering inner resources and emotions he never thought he had, cemented his status as a Hollywood icon—and one of its most accomplished actors. (136 min, Color)

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MEMBERS-ONLY TRIP: Documenta and Berlin
Jul
16
to Jul 23

MEMBERS-ONLY TRIP: Documenta and Berlin

International Trip: Cutting Edge Contemporary Germany
Sculpture Projects Munster, Documenta 14 and Berlin

Art Seminar Group has a very special opportunity to experience the rare convergence of two extraordinary contemporary art fairs in Germany: Sculpture Projects Munster and Documenta 14. We are delighted to be able to offer this once-in-a- lifetime specially designed tour that features both fairs plus several days in Germany’s vibrant capital city of Berlin.

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SUMMER FILM SERIES IV: "Vertigo" - Hitchcock
Jul
13
1:30 PM13:30

SUMMER FILM SERIES IV: "Vertigo" - Hitchcock

Vertigo (1958)
Introduction and commentary by Christopher Llewellyn Reed, chair of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University

Hitchcock's penultimate film of the 1950s, and his fourth and final with James Stewart, Vertigo replaced Orson Welles' Citizen Kane as the best film of all time in a 2016 British Film Institute poll. Featuring a powerfully neurotic Stewart, the movie highlights the lush cinematography of longtime Hitchcock collaborator Robert Burks as well as the stirringly evocative score by Bernard Herrmann. Kim Novak co-stars as the hapless object of Stewart's desire, whom he meets when he is tasked, as a private detective, to follow the wife of an old friend. She is that wife, and soon he becomes a man possessed, forgetting all sense of professional ethics. Struck with a debilitating vertigo every time he climbs to even the smallest height, Stewart is unable to follow Novak when she runs, in a fit of depression, up the bell tower of the Mission San Juan Bautista. The ensuing tragedy plunges Stewart into madness, which is when the story really begins. This is the movie in which Hitchcock and Burks invented the dolly-zoom shot – now called the "Vertigo shot" – used as a visualization of momentary psychosis and seen in subsequent films such as Jaws and Goodfellas. See it for that, and for Stewart, who gives one of the most moving and disturbing performances of his long career. (128min, Color)

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SUMMER FILM SERIES II: "Rear Window" - Hitchcock
Jul
11
1:30 PM13:30

SUMMER FILM SERIES II: "Rear Window" - Hitchcock

Rear Window (1954)
Introduction and commentary by Linda DeLibero, director, Film & Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Wendell Corey. A wheelchair-bound photographer entertains himself by spying on his neighbors across the courtyard and subsequently believes he’s uncovered a murder. Hitchcock deemed this his most “purely cinematic film,” and indeed, few movies can match its masterful, highly entertaining exploration of the nature of cinema. But observe the delicious exchanges between Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart and it’s clear that Rear Window is just as notable for its brutally clear-eyed dissection of the war between the sexes. This was, after 1948’s Rope, Stewart’s second collaboration with Hitchcock, and Stewart’s obsessive voyeur further explored the darker ambiguities of the actor’s post-World War II persona, the flipside of his pre-war identity as the quintessential boy-next-door. (112min, Color)

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SUMMER FILM SERIES I: "Notorious" - Hitchcock
Jun
29
1:30 PM13:30

SUMMER FILM SERIES I: "Notorious" - Hitchcock

Notorious (1946)
Introduction and commentary by Christopher Llewellyn Reed, chair of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University

Hitchcock's eighth Hollywood feature, and his second with Cary Grant (after Suspicion, in 1941), Notorious is not only a taut post-war noir-ish espionage thriller; it is also one of the master's most romantic films. Co-starring Ingrid Bergman as the daughter of a German spy, the movie casts Cary Grant as a debonair American agent who is appointed as Bergman's handler to help capture a ring of escaped Nazis in Brazil. Though he falls hard for her – and she for him – he is forced to facilitate her liaison with the unctuous Claude Rains, the head of the Nazi ring. Grant seethes with barely controlled jealousy as both he and Bergman work desperately against the clock to find the evidence that will put these evil men out of commission. Shot in glorious black & white, the film showcases Hitchcock's growing command of camera and mise-en- scène, including one memorable sequence that leads us, in a single take, from the top of a balustrade to a close-up on a key in Bergman's hand. Along with the other Grant movie in this program, North by Northwest, Notorious demonstrates what a perfect and poised James Bond Cary Grant would have made, had the stars so aligned. (101min, B&W)

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LECTURE: David Gariff, "Materials and Techniques in Western Painting"
Jun
27
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: David Gariff, "Materials and Techniques in Western Painting"

Materials and Techniques in Western Painting
David Gariff, senior lecturer, National Gallery of Art

All works of art possess a physical and material nature. One of the challenges any artist faces is in matching his or her aesthetic goals with the appropriate materials and processes. Mastery of technique and an understanding of the often complicated nature of these materials and processes is, therefore, a prerequisite for success. This lecture presents a brief discussion and overview of some of the major painting media and techniques in western art history including encaustic, tempera, fresco, oil, and acrylic.

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LECTURE: J. Wynn Rousuck, "Fairy Tales on Broadway"
Jun
13
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: J. Wynn Rousuck, "Fairy Tales on Broadway"

Fairy Tales on Broadway – Not Just for Kids: From the Glass Slipper to the Ruby Slipper
J. Wynn Rousuck, former Baltimore Sun theater critic and current theater critic, WYPR

All fairy tales start “once upon a time,” and for a long time now, fairy tales have provided solid foundations for Broadway musicals. What is it about age-old tales like “Beauty and the Beast” and more modern ones like “The Wizard of Oz” that translate so fluidly to the musical theater stage? In some cases, a single tale has spawned multiple musicals, including runaway hits and Tony Award winners like "Wicked" and "The Wiz." Theater critic Judy Rousuck returns to share her insights on why the stories we read as children have evolved into some of Broadway’s most sophisticated and successful happily-ever-afters.

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LECTURE: Joseph Cassar, "The Blue Rider Group, Munich 1911 - 1914"
Jun
6
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Joseph Cassar, "The Blue Rider Group, Munich 1911 - 1914"

The Blue Rider Group, Munich 1911-1914
Joseph Cassar, professor of art, University of Maryland University College and the New York Times Knowledge Network

The Blue Rider Group was founded by a number of Russian emigrants, including Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky, and native German artists, such as Franz Marc, August Macke and Gabriele Münter. The Der Blaue Reiter movement lasted from 1911 to 1914, and along with Die Brücke which was founded in 1905, was fundamental to Expressionism. The name of the movement is the title of a painting that Kandinsky created in 1903. Kandinsky wrote 20 years later that the name is derived from Marc's enthusiasm for horses and Kandinsky's love of riders, combined with a shared love of the color blue. The artists also shared a desire to express spiritual truths through their art. They believed in the promotion of modern art; the connection between visual art and music; the spiritual and symbolic associations of color; and a spontaneous, intuitive approach to painting. As a result of their encounters with cubist, fauvist and Rayonist ideas, they moved towards abstraction. Der Blaue Reiter organized exhibitions in 1911 and 1912, touring Germany. The group was disrupted by the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Marc and Macke were killed in combat. Kandinsky, von Werefkin and von Jawlensky were forced to move back to Russia because of their Russian citizenship. Consequently, Der Blaue Reiter was short-lived, lasting for only three years from 1911 to 1914.

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