Lectures

ART RENAISSANCE LECTURES:

Art in World War II

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Battle of Germany, by Paul Nash

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, let us remember that, as far in time as we explore the history, wars have challenged or destroyed the lives of countless human beings, along with many of their most valuable accomplishments in art and architecture. The extreme situations wars create, exacerbating human spirit – the best and the worst -, have inspired writers and artists. The horrors of WWII have been experienced by many whom are still alive. They are the subjects of countless books and films.

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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Early Baroque Painting In Italy

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

David with the Head of Goliath, Caravaggio, 1609-1610

Following Renaissance Art and Mannerism comes Baroque Art, which was favored by the Catholic Church since it was a counter to the simplicity and austerity of Protestant Art. It is over the top in its drama, love of detail, deep color and shadow. The word baroque derives from the French noun for an irregular or flawed pearl.

We will concentrate on the Italian master, Caravaggio (1571-1610), a hot-tempered, street-wise murderer and outlaw, who speaks to us directly about human suffering; and then glance at Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619) and his cousin Annibale Carracci.

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ART RENAISSANCE LECTURES:

STATE of the ARTS
An Impossible Debate

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Skull, Basquiat, 1981

At the turn of the 20th century, young artists including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Duchamp, and others, built on the legacy of the two previous generations (Turner, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, etc.) to break away even further from accepted conventions. With Stravinsky’s music, Matisse’s “fauvism” and then Picasso “cubist” period, what we call “Modern Art” was born.

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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Eros/Cupid – His Life and Times

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Eros Stringing His Bow, 2nd c. CE Roman copy of a Greek original by Lysippos (4th c. BCE)

In this lecture, we will consider the changing nature of Eros/Cupid. The Greek Eros evolves from the generative force of desire at the beginning of creation into a younger winged boy (lovers are flighty). But he is always the God of Love, attentive to male and female beauty, and often blinded, since love is irrational. The sting of his arrows tortures lovers. In a late Roman myth, Cupid is a young man fatally in love with Psyche (the soul). The medieval faiths of Islam and Christianity turn cupids into winged angels, and Renaissance artists depict the putti as angelic toddlers who are messengers halfway between the human and the divine.

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ART RENAISSANCE LECTURES:

Art Photography
A Personal Experience

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Salome’s Seven-Veils Dance, Michel Sarda, 2005

Several loyal followers of my presentations at the Shemer have asked me to introduce my own art photography work to conclude my contributions to this vibrant art center. As an architect, I have been dealing with art and artists my entire active life. Photography has always been part of my creative process – from documenting building sites to models, etc. – to the point that my office included a small darkroom (that was before everything went digital).

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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Baroque Painting In Flanders & Spain

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Portrait, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1623

The one northern artist to come most directly into contact with the Roman artists, Annibale Carraci and Caravaggio was Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Returning to Antwerp, he had acquired such skill in handling brush and color, figures and drapery, and in arranging large-scale compositions, that he had no rival north of the Alps. His art showed magic skill in making anything alive; intensely and joyfully alive. 

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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Portrait, by Rembrandt, 1658

A generation younger than Rubens and seven years younger than Velasquez, Rembrandt of Amsterdam has left an intimate record of his life in self-portraits, and we feel we know him well, from the time of the fashionable success in his youth to his lonely and bankrupt old age. In all his work he possesses an uncanny knowledge of human feelings and of human reaction which he expresses in dark tones. He was a superb painter as well as a master of etching. Like Caravaggio, he valued truth and sincerity above harmony and beauty; and, as a result, his early popularity decreased as his work became more profound. 

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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Baroque Sculpture & Architecture in Europe in the 17th & 18th Centuries

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Portrait, by Bernini, ca. 1623

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) created in Rome the highly dramatic Baroque style of sculpture, with his sure and sensitive hand, alert to the texture of skin and hair, fleeting facial expressions and novel sense of light and shadow. 

Many of his greatest works as an architect are related to St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome: the greatest colonnade in the piazza in front of the Basilica; and inside, the Baldachin (the sculpted bronze canopy over the tomb of St. Peter) and the Cathedra Petri (Throne of St. Peter).

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