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ON THE RUN: EUROPEAN ARTISTS and INTELLECTUALS FLEE WW2

Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe during the Second World War and trace the impact of the war on artists, especially those in Germany, Austria, and France. This four-part lecture series also investigates the impact of the exiles on American art.

The Barnes Foundation (online). Click photo to register.

 

February 2021

Paul Klee, Ad Parnassum, 1932, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland 

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20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE

Four-part lecture series surveying the foundations, highlights, philosophies, and still-vigorous legacy of vanguard architecture after ca. 1900. Trace the impact of Louis Sullivan’s “form follows function” decree and unpack the conceptual underpinnings of the “skin-and-bones” and “less-is-more” International Style tenets employed by Mies van der Rohe and other modern giants. See how Frank Lloyd Write moved modernism into an organic direction and how Robert Venturi interrogated it with his “less-is-a-bore” scholasticism. We conclude with a look into the most dazzling and profound architecture of our own time.

The Barnes Foundation (online). Click photo to register.

 

January 2021

Zaha Hadid, Vitra Fire Station, Weil em Rhein, Germany, 1990-93

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PICASSO

“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll become a general. If you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound us as Picasso.” This four-part lecture series examines key highlights from Picasso’s long career, from his precocious early portraits to his final depictions of a legend preoccupied with his own mortality and posthumous legacy. With nearly 50,000 works to his credit, Picasso indeed became Picasso.

The Barnes Foundation (online)

 

October 2020

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DUCHAMP and DADA

Few artists or groups of artists have altered the course of art to the extent that Marcel Duchamp and his Dada contemporaries did. Championing “anti-art” as a move away from “retinal art,” the Dadaists refused to play by the same rules – and with the same materials – as the painters and sculptors around them. This four-part lecture series examines how Duchamp and the Dadaists questioned the very nature of art and learned to function in a modern world sandwiched between two world wars.  

The Barnes Foundation (online)

 

September 2020

Martin Lazarus/Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP,  Duchamp in 1961 with readymades Fountain and Bicycle Wheel. 

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VAN GOGH

Two part series celebrating the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. Part 1: QUINTESSENTIAL VAN GOGH surveys Van Gogh’s most celebrated works, set within the context of Impressionism and its offspring, the budding Post-Impressionism. Learn why Van Gogh’s color is always about setting the mood. Part 2: READING VAN GOGH’S LETTERS delves deeper into his work as we read and unpack some of the highlights from the collection of 903 letters written and received by Van Gogh, including the correspondence with Paul Gauguin.

Road Scholar (online). Click photo for YouTube of the talk.

 

September 2 and 16, 2020

Vinent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889, Museum of Modern Art, New York

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WHAT IS ABSTRACT PAINTING?

If you’ve ever felt lost when facing an abstract painting, you are not alone. Join us to unlock some of the mysteries of the most celebrated works of abstraction.

Road Scholar (online). Click photo for YouTube of the talk.

 

August 2020

Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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LECTURING IN AN ONLINE WORLD

Conversation with Susan Dackerman, John & Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center, about the shift from in-person to online lecturing. 

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University (online)

 

July 2020

Deborah Kass, OY/YO installed at Cantor Arts Center (Stanford), Palo Alto 

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GARDEN of EARTHLY DELIGHTS: ART and NATURE

These talks explore various dimensions of how we might define “nature” in art. Our definition will include nature as a subject (such as Leonardo’s rocks and Bierstadt’s soaring vistas), the iconography of nature (Caravaggio’s luscious fruits), abstractions of nature (Brancusi’s birds), nature as an ingredient (the earth in Smithson’s jetty and Ofili’s elephant dung), nature as a concept (Viola’s ocean), and more.

The Barnes Foundation (online)

 

July 2020

Albert Bierstadt, Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1866, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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3D/4D: SCULPTURE 1850 to the PRESENT

Four-part lecture series celebrating the various modes of modern and contemporary sculpture, from 3D to 4D and beyond. What made Rodin’s work so different? How did Brancusi link carving and essence? How did Duchamp force a reexamination of what art is? Are Happenings sculpture? Explore the paradigms of insider/outsider art. Interrogate the intersections between traditional “3D” sculpture and contemporary performance, video, and conceptual pieces.

The Barnes Foundation (online)

June 2020

Alberto Giacometti Sitting with his sculptures, via Gagosian Gallery, New York (left); with Homme Assis by Alberto Giacometti, 1950

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PICASSO'S MASTERWORKS, 1 and 2 

Two-part lecture series highlighting only some of Picasso's masterworks. More than a century after Cubism, we are still unpacking his extraordinary career. As the most celebrated artist of his generation, Picasso continued to produce complex masterworks into his nineties. His contribution to the history of art was immeasurable.

Road Scholar Virtual Learning (online). Click the photo to watch the YouTube of the first talk.

May 2020

Pablo Picasso, south of France, 1949, Gjon Mili The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

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IMPRESSIONISM and JAPONISME

Four-part lecture series highlighting the paradigmatic influence of Japanese art on Impressionism. In the 1850s, trade between France and Japan resumed for the first time in nearly 250 years. The resulting syncretic impact of Japanese art and design on Impressionist art was extraordinary. Investigate how Monet, Whistler, Van Gogh, and others incorporated Japanese themes and imagery into their respective work.

The Barnes Foundation (online)

May 2020

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1906, Art Institute of Chicago

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ON THE RUN: EUROPEAN ARTISTS and INTELLECTUALS FLEE WW2

Four-part lecture series exploring the many important European artists exiled during and just before WW2. What does it mean to leave your homeland unexpectedly, during unknown circumstances? How does being exiled impact arts and ideas? Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe during the Second World War. Delve into the zeitgeist and trace the impact of the war on artists, especially those in Germany, Austria, and France. Discover what the exiled Europeans transmitted to their younger contemporaries in the US and conversely, unpack the work of the Europeans who stayed behind, all in a shifting superpowers of ideas.

The Barnes Foundation (online)

 

April 2020

Paul Klee, Ad Parnassum, 1932, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland