UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
THE POST IMPRESSIONISTS:
THE HEWLETT PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett, NY Tuesday, Jan. 14, 11 AM
The last installment of Raverty's popular series on Post Impressionism, these artists, each the subject of a separate talk, profoundly affected the next generation.
Tues., Jan. 14 - Cezanne: Master of Form
Paul Cezanne led a quiet, uneventful life, but with his formal innovations he laid the foundations for twentieth-century Modernism in art, architecture and design.
The Sacralization of Nature
in German Romantic Landscape
Wednesday, February 19 - 7:30 PM
SAINT PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
15 Sellers' Street
Philipp Otto Runge and Casper David Friedrich transformed and elevated landscape painting during the first half of the 19th century from the minor genre it had been up to that point, to the bearer of the kind of serious and sublime content that had formerly been reserved for biblical or mythological subjects alone. Explore how these artists redefined the sacred in terms of implied narrative within their landscapes and their evocation of light as a metaphor for the divine presence in nature.
THE ART OF THE
GREAT DEPRESSION Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York City Sunday Mornings 10:00-10:50
Mar. 1 - Conspicuous Consumption: Art, Illustration and Design in the 1920s
Advertising no longer merely describes but now attempts to arouse desire in the viewer through the presentation of enviable images of the aggrandized self, as enhanced by the product or service -- available for the price of the merchandise.
Mar. 8 - Strange Bedfellows: Rockefeller and the Mexican Muralists
Radical Marxist artist Diego Rivera and other Mexican painters are commissioned by oil tycoons, John D. and Nelson Rockefeller, until Rivera goes too far, and his "communist" mural for Rockefeller Center is destroyed -- an act described as "cultural vandalism."
Mar. 15 - Populism, Regionalism and Government Subsidy: the W.P.A.
President Roosevelt creates government programs for underemployed artists, giving them free studio space, jobs teaching in community centers, painting murals in public spaces, designing posters and documenting American design for posterity.
Mar. 22 - Political Transformation through Subversive Art: The Social Realists
Unlike government-subsidized propaganda in the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, American artists are free to criticize capitalism and even the U.S. government itself, many of their murals, however, were later destroyed during the Red Scare of the early 1950s.
Mar. 29 - The John Reed Clubs, The Artists Congress and the Dissolution of the Artistic Left
Radical artists form a "United Front," bringing together liberals, socialists and communists to combat war and fascism abroad, however, the new coalition falls apart when Stalin signs a non-aggression pact with Hitler in 1939 and Germany invades Poland.
(Apr. 5, Palm Sunday & Apr. 12, Easter Sunday: no presentations)
Apr. 19 - Abstract Expressionism Triumphs in the Postwar World
The "Dark Horse" of abstraction, largely marginalized during the 1930s, unexpectedly comes to dominate American art after the war, and the formerly derided European modernists are lauded as "freedom fighters" who stood up to the dictators.
Apr. 26 - Abstract Expressionism: Weapon of the Cold War?
Was the triumph of Abstract Expressionism at least partly a plot hatched by the Museum of Modern Art, related to a covert agenda to promote American culture abroad, as a challenge to the communist parties in France and Italy?