Art Focus Lecture Series 2017

The Art Focus Lectures program offers participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of art through lectures by professors, curators, art experts, and artists.

All lectures take place in the Cantor Arts Center auditorium from 4:15 to 6:15 pm.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. Print a registration form and mail it in with your payment. Drop-in attendance is offered on a first-come-first-served basis for $30 at any session including individual talk within a series if space is available on the day. Payment for drop-ins is by check or cash only, accepted at the door.

This season offers the following topics:

NARRATIVE ART: HIDDEN STORIES
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, and 15
member: $75, non-member: $90

Art often tells stories from myth and history on multiple levels. Ekphrasis is a device where literature follows art and vice versa. In this lecture, we will explore narrative art from antiquity to modern representations, each successive accounts reinterpreting and innovating with subtle details.

Patrick Hunt, PhD, is an archaeologist and art historian teaching at Stanford University since 1993. Hunt is a frequent featured scholar on documentaries aired on National Geographic, NOVA, and PBS. Hunt’s seventeen published books to date include Myth and Art in Ekphrasis, Caravaggio, Renaissance Visions: Myth and Art, and the best-selling Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History.
Registration Form

CALIFORNIA ART QUILT REVOLUTION: FROM THE SUMMER OF LOVE TO THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Wednesday, February 22
member: $25, non-member: $30

We will learn about social and cultural developments that resulted in the rise of quilts as an accepted art medium and the pioneering artists who embraced the art form. In addition, we will explore the personal motivations that played a significant role in an individual’s choice to combine art practice with quilt making. Lastly, we will see how the medium has developed since the 1970s and what today’s quilt artists are addressing. This lecture is based in part on an exhibition curated by the speaker at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (October 7, 2016–January 15, 2017). 

Nancy Bavor is Curator of Collections and Exhibits Coordinator at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Nancy serves on the boards of Studio Art Quilt Associates and The Alliance for American Quilts and is an American Quilter's Society Certified Appraiser.
Registration Form

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND THE BAY AREA
Wednesday, March 1
member: $25, non-member: $30

Frank Lloyd Wright visited the Bay Area many times over nearly five decades not only to meet with clients and oversee projects, but simply to enjoy the environment. This presentation will point out distinctive aspects of the architect’s relationship with San Francisco and the Bay Area. Particularly remarkable are the thirty projects Wright designed for the region representing a wide range of building types, structural systems, and architectural forms including some of his most innovative.

Paul V. Turner, trained as both an architect and an historian, taught history of architecture at Stanford University for many years and is now the Wattis Professor of Art, Emeritus. He also chaired the university committee that oversaw the restoration of Hanna House following its damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His latest book is Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco.
Registration Form

EXPRESSION, EMOTION, EXISTENCE: THE ART OF NATHAN OLIVEIRA - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 15
member: $25, non-member: $30

Over the course of his long career, Bay Area artist Nathan Oliveira (1928–2010) produced a rich body of work intended to evoke a range of responses—from shockingly visceral to deeply philosophical. This lecture will focus on Oliveira’s artistic development and we will pay particular attention to ways his innovations engaged the work of other artists. Exploring his process will provide a nuanced understanding of the artist’s objectives and the thematic threads woven into his art.

Kevin R. Muller received his PhD from the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Muller’s research has been supported by fellowships from The American Antiquarian Society, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Huntington Library.

 

FASHION AS ART: ARTFUL FASHION
Thursdays, March 23 and 30
member: $50, non-member: $60

Since the rise of the modern fashion system in the late 19th century, fashion has had a complex and interdependent relationship with art. We will explore the representation of fashion in art, the adoption of art for the promotion of fashion, and the use of fashion as art. Additionally, this lecture will explore how fashion photographers must negotiate the tension between the need to present details of garments with a desire to evoke something more elusive, a fantasy or a dream.

Elizabeth Kessler, PhD, is a lecturer in Stanford’s Program in American Studies as well as the Department of Art & Art History. Her diverse interests include the role of aesthetics, visual culture, and media in modern and contemporary science; the interchange between technology and ways of seeing and representing; the history of photography; and the representation of fashion in different media.
Registration Form

OPULENCE, REVOLUTION, AND EMPIRE: ART FROM THE AGE OF MARIE ANTOINETTE TO THE AGE OF NAPOLEON
Wednesdays, April 5, 12, and 19
member: $75, non-member: $90

Many of the most prized treasures in French art and architecture emerged from the turmoil of mid-18th to early-19th century France. This lecture series will explore artists patronized by Queen Marie Antoinette, among them her favorite, Louise Vigée-Lebrun. Rebellion against the old order resulted in a revolution in art as well as politics. Enlightenment thinking and the archaeological discovery of antiquity inspired artists like Jacques-Louis David to embody modern revolutionary ideals in the guise of ancient Rome. Lastly, this series will explore how Napoleon used power and wealth to transform Paris into an artistic emblem of his triumphs.

Denise Ericksen is a professor of Art History at Cañada College and a celebrated local lecturer.
Registration Form



RELATED LINKS
Volunteer
Calendar
Receive Email Newsletter