Past Lecture Topics
- Slide lecture and video on quilts as a traditional
American art form with historical and contemporary examples
exploring the role of quilts in American socio-political
- Slide lecture and video on the Harlem Renaissance
with a discussion of major African-American artists who
were part of this exciting period of American cultural history
and looking at the impact this period had on later African-American
- Slide lecture on the architectural tradition of
our area with visits and study of buildings and architectural
examples from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
- Slide lecture on ancient Greek art from the time
of Alexander the Great and the Pergamon Altar exhibit. Slides
are shown from the original site of ancient Pergamon in
Turkey and of the altar, now in Berlin.
- Slide lecture on art during the late medieval and
early Renaissance period in Italy to prepare for the St.
Francis of Assisi period. Painting, sculpture, and liturgical
objects studied in the context of this period as well as
viewing a video of on-going efforts to restore the frescoes
in Assisi, which have suffered earthquake damage.
- Slide lecture on Chinese art from the prehistoric
period up to the early Sung Dynasty. The lecture is in conjunction
with a major exhibition of archaeological treasures from
- Slide lecture and video on the development of art
glass including the history of glass and recent examples
of contemporary sculptural glass. Focus and visits to artists
in our area who have achieved prominence in the field.
- Slide lecture and video on Marc Chagall and the
exhibit being held at MOMA. This slide lecture will introduce
you to the magical world of Marc Chagall whose artistic
life spanned much of the 20th century. Throughout his lifetime,
Chagall drew upon his Jewish and Russian culture for emotional
and spiritual themes. Although he selectively appropriated
ideas from many avant-garde movements in the 20th century,
Chagall never directly affiliated himself with these movements.
Instead, Chagall focused on imagery inspired by his own
- Art Treasures of Central and Eastern Europe
Collections, architectural monuments, and art heritage of
Vienna, Prague, Cracow, Budapest, Dresden, Berlin, Potsdam,
Moscow, Zagorsk, and St. Petersburg. See the Green Vault,
the lost gold of Troy, the Pergamon Museum, the Catherine
Palace, and the Amber Room. Hear about the fate of these
collections during and after the last war and current controversies
surrounding the return of looted art.
- Lost Worlds Art and Archaeology
their monuments, and artifacts; special emphasis on Pre-Columbian
and Mediterranean cultures. See sites and artifacts associated
with the Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs, and other cultures in the
Americas. Learn about the Etruscans, Crete, and ancient
Israel. Firsthand experiences, slides taken on sites, and
- Art and Cultures at the Crossroads
A cross-cultural, visual journey through time to explore how diverse art forms were exchanged and enhanced by their contact with others through an examination of their geographic location on major trading routes and migration paths. Understand how art, architecture, music, dance, and ceremony were impacted by these contacts. Examine the role of multiple, spiritual traditions on diverse art forms and ceremonial expressions. Explore Tang Dynasty Silk Road contacts in medieval China; ancient classical remains, Byzantine, Islamic, and Norman sites in Sicily; ancient sites in Cyprus and the Turkish coast including Istanbul's heritage; Cuba and its blending of Spanish and African cultures; and finally Santa Fe, New Mexico, with its rich mixture of native peoples, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.