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 history.

  • 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 artists.

  • 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 China.

  • 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 dreamlike world.

  • 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
    Cultures, 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 selected videos.

  • 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.



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