LECTURES

We offer an extensive program of weekly lectures across a broad range of art and art history topics including the visual arts, theater, film, architecture, music and dance – covering a wide range of periods from ancient to modern to contemporary to now. Our speakers include prominent art historians, curators, academics and other experts. We explore art of the ancient world such as a recent series on ancient America and the rich history of the Mayan and Incan civilizations; and popular cultural history explorations such as a recent series on the cultural history of New York, from the Gilded Age through the Harlem Jazz Age, the development of Greenwich Village bohemia, to the competing visions of power broker and master planner Robert Moses and neighborhood preservationist Jane Jacobs.

Intensive single artist programs have included close looks at Caravaggio, Matisse, Picasso, Brancusi, Sargent, Rauschenberg and Johns, Rothko, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Jeff Koons and Sterling Ruby. We often explore compelling art movements, junctures and breaks; examples include series on "The Invention of Abstract Art"; "Still Life & the Transformation of the Commonplace"; and "Art that Moves: The Silk Road".

Our music program covers multiple periods and genres and often includes intimate performances by wonderful artists who also discuss their instrument and the music featured. Our engaging summer film series is led by expert film historians, filmmakers and critics and has screened programs on “Men Directing Women” and “Tricolore: Italia, Cinema, Disengo”.

For more information on the depth and breadth of our wide-ranging arts program, and to learn about our upcoming programs, see Our Program, where there is a link to past newsletters which describe previous programs in greater detail.


SPEAKER RESOURCES

SPRING 2019
David Gariff • German Expressionism and Degenerate Art • April 23 & 30, 2019 (video from NGA)  
Paula Burleigh • Art as Speculative Fiction • May 14, 2019    

WINTER 2019
Bonita Billman • “French Art Deco” • January 15, 2019
Aneta Georgievska-Shine • “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” • January 23, 2019
Aneta Georgievska-Shine • “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” • January 30, 2019
Aneta Georgievska-Shine • “Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 3: Painting as a Form of Knowledge, Science and Philosophy” • February 6, 2019
Micheal Salcman lecture series supplementary texts on Theaster Gates and Jack Whitten
Micheal Salcman lecture series supplementary article: The Most Influential Living African-American Artists
Michael Salcman • Contemporary African-American Art, Part 1: A Dream Deferred • March 6, 2019    
Michael Salcman • Contemporary African-American Art, Part 2: I Am the Darker Brother • March 13, 2019 
Michael Salcman • Contemporary African-American Art, Part 3: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers • March 20, 2019                                            
Aneta Georgievska-Shine • ”Revisiting The Renaissance: The Key Ingredients of a Cultural Transformation, 1400-1600, Part 4: From the Sacred to the Secular: The Role of Patrons” • March 27, 2019 (new date) 

FALL 2018
Kevin Tervala  •  “Abstract Impulse in African Art”  •  September 11, 2018
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)” • October 10, 2018 - scenario
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)” • October 10, 2018
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)” • October 17, 2018
Evan Drachman with Doris Stevenson  •  ”Explore Brahms’ Sonata in F Major” • December 11, 2018

SPRING/SUMMER 2018
Stanley Mazaroff  •  "A Paris Life, A Baltimore Treasure: the Remarkable Lives of George A. Lucas and His Art Collection"  •  May 22, 2018
Paula Burleigh  •  "Artists Working Now: David Hockney"  •  June 5, 2018
David Gariff  •  “The Art of Paul Cézanne: The Eye in Service to the Mind” •  June 12, 2018
Paula Burleigh  •  "Artists Working Now: Laura Owens"  •  June 26, 2018
Paula Burleigh  •  "Artists Working Now: Zoe Leonard"  •  July 17, 2018

WINTER 2018
Dr. Michael Salcman  •  “Pluralism & Art in the 1980s I, II, III”  •  Jan 9, 24 and Feb 21, 2018
Aneta Georgievska-Shine  •  “The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts of Europe - from Dürer to Vermeer I: Martin Luther and German Art in the Wake of the Reformation”  •  Jan 30, 2018
Aneta Georgievska-Shine  •  “The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts of Europe - from Dürer to Vermeer II: Reformation before the Reformation: Hieronymus Bosch, ca. 1500”  •  Feb 6, 2018
Aneta Georgievska-Shine  •  “The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts of Europe - from Dürer to Vermeer III: Pieter Bruegel and the Idea of Serious Joke”  •  Feb 13, 2018
Aneta Georgievska-Shine  •  “The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts of Europe - from Dürer to Vermeer IV: The Sacred goes Underground”  •  Feb 27,  2018
Aneta Georgievska-Shine  •  “The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts of Europe - from Dürer to Vermeer V: The Image of God in Protestant Holland”  •  March 6,  2018

FALL 2017
Brian Allen “What’s American About American Art?” • Sept 19, 2017
Paula Burleigh •  “Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part I” • Sept 26, 2017
Paula Burleigh  •  “Art Right Now - Contemporary Painting Returns, Part II”  • Oct 3, 2017
J. Russell Sale  •  “Protecting Fertility in Fra Filippo Lippi’s ‘Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement' in the Metropolitan Museum of Art”  •  Oct 10, 2017
Paula Burleigh  •  “Art Right Now: Technology and Traditions”  • Oct 24, 2017
Evan Drachman •  "Chopin’s Other Favorite Instrument: An Exploration of Chopin’s Music for the ‘Cello" •  Dec 12, 2017

WINTER 2017
Carolyn Black-Sotir · "Broadway and the American Musical, Acts II & III" · Jan 10 & 17, 2017
Aneta Georgievska-Shine · "The Art of Renaissance Venice, Part I" · Jan 24, 2017
Aneta Georgievska-Shine · "The Art of Renaissance Venice, Part II" · Jan 31, 2017
Aneta Georgievska-Shine · "The Art of Renaissance Venice, Part III" · Feb 7, 2017
Aneta Georgievska-Shine · "The Art of Renaissance Venice, Part IV" · Feb 14, 2017
Aneta Georgievska-Shine · "The Art of Renaissance Venice, Part V" · Feb 28, 2017
Michael Salcman · “Conceptual Art I - The Concept in Conceptual Art: Origins & High Noon, 1960-1970” · Mar 8, 2017
Michael Salcman · "Conceptual Art II - The Afterglow, 1970 to the present" · Mar 8, 2017 
Rebecca Brown ·  “Gandhis and Bulls, Murals and Doorknobs: A Peek inside India’s Presidential Collections” · Mar 28, 2017
Rebecca Brown · “Both Here and There: ‘Transnational’ Asian Contemporary Art” · Apr 4, 2017
Bonita Billman · "America's Gilded Age" · May 16 and 23, 2017
David Gariff · "Materials and Techniques in Western Painting" · June 27, 2017

FALL 2016
Paula Burleigh • "Appropriation, Part I, Themes in Contemporary Art" • Oct 11, 2016
Paula Burleigh • "The Body, Part II, Themes in Contemporary Art" • Oct 18, 2016
Judah Adashi • "Intersections: Rock & Classical Music" • Oct 25, 2016
Judah Adashi • Spotify Playlist • Oct 25, 2016 • **NOTE: You'll need to start a Spotify account to listen**
Paula Burleigh • "Rise of the Curator, Part III, Themes in Contemporary Art" • November 1, 2016
Paula Burleigh • "Ethics and the Social Turn, Part iV, Themes in Contemporary Art" • November 8, 2016
Patricia Enoch • "Dancing Ladies, Part I & II" • December 6 & 13, 2016

 

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