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 EVENT: "Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s with Oliver Shell"
May
8
1:30 PM13:30

MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: "Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s with Oliver Shell"

Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s
Oliver Shell, associate curator of European art, The Baltimore Museum of Art

 Curator Oliver Shell will give a talk and exhibition tour on the BMA’s current exhibit “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s”. Nearly 90 Surrealist masterworks of the 1930s and 1940s by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and André Masson are presented through a timely lens—that of war, violence, and exile. Despite the political and personal turmoil brought on by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, avant-garde artists in Europe and those who sought refuge in the United States pushed themselves to create some of the most potent and striking images of the Surrealist movement. Monstrosities in the real world bred monsters in paintings and sculpture, on film, and in the pages of journals and artists’ books, resulting in a period of extraordinary creativity.

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LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art as Speculative Fiction"
May
14
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Paula Burleigh, "Art as Speculative Fiction"

Art as Speculative Fiction   

Paula Burleigh, visiting assistant professor of art, Allegheny College, and director of the Allegheny Art Gallery

This lecture examines artists working in the 21st century who use strategies more familiar to the field of speculative fiction than to the visual arts. Such strategies include world building around themes such as the supernatural, magic, human-animal hybridity, and the extraterrestrial. Artists including ruby onyinyechi amanze, Amy Cutler, Fay Ku, and Wangechi Mutu respond to what some cultural theorists have described as the current situation of being post-human and post-nature. Moving beyond anthropocentric paradigms that privilege the human experience, we will discuss artists who create fantastical, sci-fi leaning narratives to picture the ways in which the fate of humans is inextricably tied to the animals, plants, and other non-human critters that co-populate our world. At least partially in response to the growing urgency of climate change, artists discussed here use a variety of media—collage, drawing, printmaking, painting—to explore the ways in which we might begin to understand humans as part of a larger, non-hierarchical network of inter-species relationships.

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PERFORMANCE: Holland/Coots, "The Influences and Evolution of American Classic Jazz"
May
21
1:30 PM13:30

PERFORMANCE: Holland/Coots, "The Influences and Evolution of American Classic Jazz"

The Influences and Evolution of American Classic Jazz

Brian Holland (piano) world renowned, Grammy-nominated recording artist
Danny Coots (drums) world renowned, Grammy-winning recording artist

Holland/Coots will present a performance and lecture on early American jazz from pre-ragtime influences, both ethnic and social, to the present day performance practice of referencing classic jazz styles. The program not only describes how each period style is influenced and evolves into the next, but Holland and Coots demonstrate the nuances and subtleties of these transitions. Holland/Coots are considered two of the foremost performers who specialize in improvisation within these styles. They are able to effectively and genially demonstrate the communication necessary between musicians to provide a seamless and entertaining performance.

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LECTURE: Ellen Lupton, "Bauhaus Graphic Design"
May
28
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Ellen Lupton, "Bauhaus Graphic Design"

Bauhaus Graphic Design
Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2019 is the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany, founded by architect Walter Gropius. In operation for only 14 years before being shut down by the National Socialist Party, as part of the Nazi regime, it has become the most influential art and design school in history. This talk explores the origins and impact of Bauhaus fonts, books, ads, and exhibitions, which shook the world of graphic design and shaped the dynamic, multimedia design practices of today. Ellen will offer a sneak preview of her upcoming exhibition about Bauhaus master Herbert Bayer, opening at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in the fall of 2019.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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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"
Jun
4
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.

 $15 door fee for guests and subscribers

Originally scheduled for 2/27, rescheduled due to inclement weather.

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LECTURE: Stephanie Ybarra, "Baltimore Center Stage’s Role in American Theater"
Jun
11
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Stephanie Ybarra, "Baltimore Center Stage’s Role in American Theater"

Baltimore Center Stage’s Role in American Theater
Stephanie Ybarra, artistic director, Baltimore Center Stage 

Stephanie Ybarra brings vast experience with theaters from across the country, most recently at The Public Theater in New York, to her new role as artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage which she joined just last fall. Stephanie is the most recent addition to Baltimore’s cultural community and another example of our city’s ability to attract outstanding artistic talent. She has programmed BCS’s upcoming season for 2019-2020 and will use that program to discuss how the American theater is evolving and the way Baltimore Center Stage is positioned to lead the field not only in what it produces, but also how it is produced.  

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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MEMBERS-ONLY OVERNIGHT TRIP: "ASG Visits the Mile-High City: Art & Architecture in Denver, Colorado"
Jun
12
to Jun 14

MEMBERS-ONLY OVERNIGHT TRIP: "ASG Visits the Mile-High City: Art & Architecture in Denver, Colorado"

ASG Visits the Mile-High City: Art & Architecture in Denver, Colorado

 Nestled along the South Platte River, the Mile High City has been a focal point for the Rocky Mountain Region since the first gold miners made a claim and established the city in the mid-19th century. But the last decade has seen more change and growth than imagined, with Denver attracting 100,000 new residents. These sharply changing demographics, and the city’s unique history as a gateway to the West, have contributed to the quickly-evolving and diverse fine and performing arts scene. Join ASG on a tour of the highlights of Denver’s museum and cultural districts, along with the best restaurants (served with a side of mountain views). The trip will include tours of four museums (Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts) and a guided architecture tour designed especially for Art Seminar Group. We will also visit the legendary Air Force Academy outside of Colorado Springs, a modernist campus resonating with pride and symbolism via a radical midcentury design whose master plan was developed in the 1950’s by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. We will stay at the historic Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.

Members-only; please see full description for more details and RSVP via the Reply Form.

 

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LECTURE: Kevin Tervala, "Earthen Architecture of Africa: Buildings & Belief"
Jun
18
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Kevin Tervala, "Earthen Architecture of Africa: Buildings & Belief"

Earthen Architecture of Africa: Buildings & Belief
Kevin Tervala, associate curator of African art at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Across the African continent, men and women have built monumental and aesthetically innovative structures from mud and earthen material. In large kingdoms and small-scale societies, these buildings were used not just as dwellings or gathering spaces, but as ways for the people to express fundamental social, cultural, and religious beliefs. This lecture draws on the architectural expression of states and societies in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo and explores how people used the buildings to express themselves. Through this lecture, Tervala will also track how the entrance of Islam in the 7th century restructured the social and architecture fabric of these western African societies and cultures.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: "Day Trip to Potomac, MD. Temple of Art: Glenstone"
Jun
22
8:30 AM08:30

MEMBERS-ONLY DAY TRIP: "Day Trip to Potomac, MD. Temple of Art: Glenstone"

Day Trip to Potomac, MD. Temple of Art: Glenstone

ASG is pleased to offer members a trip to the newly expanded Glenstone, Mitchell and Emily Rales’ private museum in Potomac, Maryland which reopened last fall unveiling the new Pavilions (adding 204,000 square feet of gallery space) and a redesigned campus.  Glenstone seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment creating a temple of art that works to slow down visitors. The collection comprises iconic examples of modern and contemporary art that represent pivotal shifts in the perception and understanding of the art of our time. The architecture is essential, providing a minimal design to complement the collection and experience of viewing art. Glenstone offers nearly 300 acres of landscape which is fully integrated with the architecture and art. The landscape includes paths, trails, streams, meadows, forests and outdoor sculptures throughout the grounds. Visiting Glenstone is an unhurried, uncrowded experience with art, architecture and landscape: a quiet realm of serenity, beauty, and peacefulness. 

Members-only; please see full description for more details and RSVP via the Reply Form.

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LECTURE: Rena Hoisington, "Some Thoughts on the Development of Aquatint in 18th-Century Europe"
Jun
25
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Rena Hoisington, "Some Thoughts on the Development of Aquatint in 18th-Century Europe"

Some Thoughts on the Development of Aquatint in 18th-Century Europe
Rena Hoisington, curator and head of the department of old master prints at the National Gallery of Art

Invented in the Netherlands in the 1650s, aquatint was not employed broadly by artists in Europe until the second half of the eighteenth century. The increasing use of this tonal intaglio printmaking technique at this time corresponds with a growing interest in studying, collecting, and multiplying drawings. By supplementing the line work of etching with a means to render tone in subtle ways, aquatint offered a new and exciting method to replicate ink and wash drawings, especially when these works were printed in brown ink. Early practitioners of the medium included Jean-Baptiste Le Prince in France, Paul Sandby in England, Giovanni David in Italy, and Francisco de Goya in Spain. This talk offers an overview on the beginnings of aquatint, the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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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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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: Joseph Cassar, "Surrealism and the Anxieties of the 20th Century"
Apr
10
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Joseph Cassar, "Surrealism and the Anxieties of the 20th Century"

Surrealism and the Anxieties of the 20th Century
Joseph Cassar, professor of art, University of Maryland University College and the New York Times Knowledge Network

Sigmund Freud’s publication in 1900 “On the Interpretation of Dreams” regarded dreams as the serious business of our lives. The Surrealist movement develops in the early 1920s with art that disquiets the viewer, sabotaging the existing order of things, relating theories of psychology to the idea of creativity and the production of art. The dream became equivalent to imagination itself. This seminar explores the origins of surrealism, the surrealist manifesto by Andre Breton, its widespread influence and the art of some of its most prominent members such as Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Joan Miro, Andre Masson, Rene Magritte, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, and others.

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LECTURE: David Gariff, "Modern Sculpture In The National Gallery of Art"
Apr
2
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.  

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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LECTURE: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, "Revisiting The Renaissance: Part 4: From the Sacred to the Secular: The Role of Patrons"
Mar
27
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.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

Originally Scheduled for 2/20, this lecture was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

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LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers"
Mar
20
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers"

Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers
Michael Salcman, art historian, poet, and neurosurgeon

Salman’s final lecture of the series: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers is 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 2: I am the Darker Brother"
Mar
13
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art, Part 2: I am the Darker Brother"

Contemporary African-American Art, Part 2: I am the Darker Brother
Michael Salcman, art historian, poet, and neurosurgeon

The second lecture in a series on contemporary African-American art by Dr. Salcman: I am the Darker Brother will cover 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: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art: Part 1: A Dream Deferred"
Mar
6
1:30 PM13:30

LECTURE: Michael Salcman, "Contemporary African-American Art: Part 1: A Dream Deferred"

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: I Am the Darker Brother

 Part 3: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers

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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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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(canceled) 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

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

This lecture has been canceled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled for 3/27/2019.

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.

$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.

 $15 door fee for guests and subscribers

 

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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

 Members-only; please see full description for details and RSVP via the Reply Form.
 

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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.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers

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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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