Lectures

ART HISTORY LECTURES

Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!

EGYPT LECTURE SERIES

A JOURNEY DOWN THE NILE:  5000 BCE to 2021 CE

 

PYRAMIDS & STYLE

Part Four:  The Pyramids at Saqqara and Giza, the Great Sphinx, and a Summary of Egyptian Style and its Influence

The Great Pyramid of Khufu, four-sided, constructed 2580-2560 BCE, limestone and granite, height 481 feet, length 750 feet, volume 91,227,778 cubic feet

 At Saqqara, we will take in the step pyramid of Djoser (ruled 2630-2611 BCE);  at Giza, the pyramid of Khufu and his Solar Boat;  of Khafra (ca. 2570 BCE) and his Great Sphinx (ca. 2558-2532 BCE);  and the pyramid of Menhaura (ca. 2500 BCE), looking closely at the methods of construction of these huge symbols of eternity.

We end with Egyptian style and its influence, considering later pyramids and sphinxes, vegetative columns, obelisks, stiff standing statues, wall paintings (notably in Crete), flapper dresses and King Tut jewelry.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

 


 

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ART HISTORY LECTURES- Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse, 1869-1954

Part One, His Works from 1900 to 1917

Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!

Self-Portrait, 1906, oil on canvas, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

French artist, known for his original use of color and line, who turned away from the principles of classical art—simplicity and grandeur, as did his rival and friend, Picasso.  The two of them together defined modern art in the early twentieth century.  Matisse first became infamous as the leader of the Fauves (wild beasts) who painted in outrageous colors.  Then, after 1906, he began to develop his own definitive style, emphasizing rhythm in flattened forms and decorative patterns, while imaginatively imitating African and Moorish art and producing dynamic abstractions in painting and sculpture.  In 1908 Matisse’s Notes of a Painter was published and remains an inspiration to artists and their followers.

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Price: $10.00

Date: January 20, 2022

Available Spaces: 12

ART HISTORY LECTURES- Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse, 1869-1954

Part Two, His Works from 1918 to 1954

Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!

Icarus from Jazz, pub. Paris, 1947, 20 stenciled plates based on paper cutouts

In 1917, Matisse left Paris for Nice because he favored its brilliant sunshine and bright colors. His style, as well as that of Picasso, became more representational—a characteristic of post-World War I art. During WW II and later, Matisse remained in Nice creating sensuous representations of his favorite model, while illustrating beautiful books, including Jazz.  After surgery in 1941, Matisse became chair- or bed-bound and could no longer paint.  But he could manage paper cutouts with scissors (he called this “drawing with scissors”), resulting in lively abstractions. He used these as sketches for stained glass windows in the Matisse Chapel in Venice, a building which he designed.  These gorgeous collages remained his medium until his death in 1954.

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Price: $10.00

Date: February 17, 2022

Available Spaces: 14

A $10 contribution is requested to attend these presentations and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

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