Art Lecture Series

The 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series is sponsored by Sarah Blank Design Studio in Darien, CTEvery fall, the Art Lecture Series Committee brings yet another fantastic series of lectures to the DCA. The lectures offer an in-depth look into a specific type of art, and are led by curators and other art scholars from the region. This series is sponsored by Sarah Blank Design Studio in Darien.

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Upcoming lectures

The DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series will be presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America2014 Art Lecture Series
El Greco, Goya & Sorolla: Three Artistic Visions

Presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator
The Hispanic Society of America

 

 

 

Lecture registration information

Series admission:
Includes 3 lectures with gourmet lunches*
$115 DCA members, $135 public


Single lectures:
Single lecture with gourmet luncheon*
$45 DCA members, $50 public

Single lecture-only admission
$20 DCA members, $25 public

Purchase lecture only tickets with or without lunch through the links below each event

Advance registration is required at least two days prior to each event, and may be purchased through this page, or with the DCA office at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Lecture-only admission will also be available at the door.

* Specially designed Spanish-themed luncheons including paella, tapas, etc. provided by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events.
 
 
El Greco is the subject of the first DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaEl Greco
Thursday, October 9th
11:00am

El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos, 1541-1614) was the most important late Renaissance artist in Spain, influenced by Titian, Tintoretto, and Michelangelo while in Venice and Rome.

The lecture will include El Greco’s most famous works, emphasizing those on view in New York in anticipation of the upcoming joint exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this November. This pooling of the collections of the Met and The Hispanic Society of America commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco. The Old Master, whose works continue to startle with their emotional power and painterliness, is now understood to have been a harbinger of modernism, capturing artistic imaginations centuries later.

Click to register for El Greco – single lecture or lecture & lunch
 
 
Goya is the subject of the 2nd DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaGoya
Thursday, October 16th
11:00am

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) was one of the first great modern artists, and is the giant in Spanish art at the end of the Enlightenment and the beginning of Romanticism.

The lecture will emphasize the means that Goya uses to convey ideas in his pictures, both complicated political and philosophical ideas and information about the people he depicted. Notably, his canvas The Duchess of Alba (ill.) remained in his studio until his death because of the special relationship he had with his patron. The luscious beauty of his works, and the radical artistic and technical means he brought to their creation, will of course be included as well.

Click to register for Goya: single lecture or lecture & lunch
 
 
Sorolla is the subject of the final DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaSorolla
Thursday, October 30th
11:00am

Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) was the foremost Spanish artist, and surely the best-known internationally, at the turn of the twentieth century – his exhibition at the Hispanic Society in New York attracted 160,000 people in four weeks of February 1909. Sorolla combined plein air realism with Impressionist techniques to produce images of ravishing beauty, including landscapes, beach scenes (ill.), portraits, and images on social themes.

The two institutions with the most works by Sorolla are his house museum in Madrid and The Hispanic Society of America in New York, the treasures of which will be the subject of the lecture.

Click to register for Sorolla – single lecture or lecture & lunch
 
 
In conjunction with the 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series, a special Guided Tour of The Hispanic Society of America will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, led by Dr. Cristina Domenech, Coordinator of Education & Public Programs for HSAGuided Tour of The Hispanic Society of America
Led by Dr. Cristina Domenech, Coordinator of Education & Public Programs for HSA

Thursday, October 23rd
12:00pm

The Hispanic Society of America (HSA) is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The collections are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside the Iberian Peninsula, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain, as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America, through the twentieth century.

This specially arranged guided tour will begin at the HSA, located on Audubon Terrace, upper Broadway in New York City. Transportation is not provided.

$20 per person

  • Advance registration open until September 8th, for DCA members with paid series admission.
  • From September 9th, registration open to members of the public with paid series admission.
  • A wait-list will be maintained for those without paid series admission. Please contact the DCA to be added to the list.
  • Tour limited to 20 people.
  • Tour fee payable by check to The Hispanic Society of America. Contact the DCA directly at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org to register and make payment arrangements.

 
 
 
Past lectures
2013 Art Lecture Series
The Rite of Modernism: Sensation and Shock in New York/Paris 1913

The 2013 DCA Art Lecture Series will be held on Thursdays, September 26 and October 17, 24 & 31.One hundred years ago, on both sides of the Atlantic, two seminal events occurred which were breakthroughs in the worlds of art and music — forever altering the cultural landscape of the 20th century. Over the course of four weeks, in the Winter of 1913, close to 75,000 people made their way to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue at 25th Street to visit the International Exhibition of Modern Art which was organized by the “Association of American Painters and Sculptors.” The critics’ columns were full of descriptions of the “grotesque” paintings that had been shipped over from Europe. It caused a sensation. Image: “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)” 1912 Marcel Duchamp, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Less than four months later, the inaugural performance of Diaghilev’s “The Rite of Spring,” orchestrated by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, premiered at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. On opening night, a riot almost broke out among the audience, threatening the dancers and musicians with their shouts, hisses and catcalls.

Our 2013 series relives this fascinating period, beginning with an afternoon lecture exploring this musical modernism, with the three remaining morning lectures delving into the 1913 Armory Show, the most important art exhibition in the history of the United States. Read further details of this period and explore related videos and exhibits through this link.

Christopher H. Gibbs Ph.D. presents "Musical Scandals of 1913: The Modernism of Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg" - September 26, 2013 at the DCA.Musical Scandals of 1913: The Modernism of Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg
Thursday, September 26th
1:00pm

Presented by Christopher H. Gibbs Ph.D.
James H. Ottaway, Jr. Professor of Music at Bard College. Co-Artistic Director Bard Music Festival. Co-Author The Oxford History of Western Music 2013 with Richard Taruskin.

“The Rite of Spring” in Paris and the “SkandalKonzert” in Vienna marked the birth of musical modernism, drastically breaking with centuries of musical traditions. Composer collaborations with leading artists of the day created a charged synergy that enervated both the worlds of art and music. Image: “Portrait of Igor Stravinsky” 1920 Pablo Picasso, Musee Picasso, Paris, France.

Laurette E. McCarthy Ph.D. presents Walter Pach and French Art and Artists in the 1913 Armory Show at the DCA on Thursday, October 17th.Walter Pach and French Art and Artists in the 1913 Armory Show
Thursday, October 17th
11:00am

Presented by Laurette E. McCarthy Ph.D.
Independent Scholar and Curator. Author, Walter Pach (1883 – 1958): The Armory Show and the Untold Story of Modern Art in America.

The insider in Paris, Pach was essential in bringing the European modernists to New York, thus making the Armory Show the most important art exhibition in the history of the United States. As critic, agent, and liaison, his work helped win the acceptance of modern art throughout North America. Image: Walter Pach, 1909. Photograph by Pach Brothers. Walter Pach papers, 1857–1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Gail Stavitsky Ph.D. presents "Revisiting “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913”" on Thursday, October 24th at the DCA.Revisiting “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913”
Thursday, October 24th
11:00am

Presented by Gail Stavitsky Ph.D.
Chief Curator, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey. Curator, with Baltimore Art Museum, “Cezanne and American Modernism.” Co-author exhibition catalog.

Overshadowed by the avant-garde Europeans, American art and artists made up two-thirds of the work on exhibit at this legendary show. Critical reappraisals challenge the long-held notion that their work was provincial, and establish the inherent artistic quality and vitality of the variety of American art on view in 1913. Image: “Family Group” 1910-1911 William Glackens, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Larry Witham presents "Picasso and Duchamp: The Hidden Legacy of the 1913 Armory Show" on Thursday, October 31st at the DCA.Picasso and Duchamp: The Hidden Legacy of the 1913 Armory Show
Thursday, October 31st
11:00am

Presented by Larry Witham
Author of 14 books, award-winning journalist nominated for Pulitzer Prize.

The separation of art in the 20th century into “retinal art,” or visual, and “idea art,” known as Conceptual Art, largely originated in the Cubist Room of the New York Armory Show 100 years ago. These two diametrically opposite views and approaches toward modern art and the controversies they engender continue to this day.

2012 Art Lecture Series: The Frick Collection

We were delighted to feature The Frick Collection – the venerable Gilded Age mansion and museum on Fifth Avenue in New York – with their own curators offering our attentive audiences a glimpse at their expansive knowledge. Please find the list of presenters and their topics below, followed by those of previous years. The DCA Art Lecture Series is proudly sponsored by SBD Kitchens, LLC in Darien, CT.

Susan Grace Galassi Ph.D. spoke at the DCA on "Picasso the Draughtsman, From Malaga to Mastery"

 

Susan Grace Galassi Ph.D.
Senior Curator, The Frick Collection
“Picasso the Draughtsman: From Malaga to Mastery”

 

 

 

Charlotte Vignon Ph.D. spoke at the DCA on "Henry C. Frick and Joseph Duveen Built a Museum: French 18th Century Decorative Arts at The Frick Collection". Photo credit: The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb.

 

Charlotte Vignon Ph.D. (under completion Sorbonne, Paris)
Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection
“Henry C. Frick and Joseph Duveen Built a Museum: French 18th Century Decorative Arts at The Frick Collection”

 Image credit: The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb.

 

"Helen Clay Frick" - The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb.

 

Inge Reist Ph.D.
Director, Center for the History of Collecting and the Frick Art Reference Library, The Frick Collection“Helen Clay Frick: Charting Her Own Course as a Collector.”

Image credit: The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb.

 

2011 Art Lecture Series: “Paris – Le Seduction Artistique”

The DCA's 2011 Art Lecture Series was entitled "Paris - Le Seduction Artistique". Image credit - Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance,” 1912 Henri Matisse, Metropolitan Museum of Art. (1)“Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism” Presented by Phillip Prodger, Head, Photography Department, Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Ph.D., Cambridge University

“Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco” Presented by Jared Goss, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, M.A., Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons School of Design

“A Preview of Matisse: In Search of True Painting”
An Exhibition Opening Next Year at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presented by Rebecca A. Rabinow, Curator, Dept. of Nineteenth Century, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Image credit: Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance,” 1912 Henri Matisse, Metropolitan Museum of Art. (1)

2010 Art Lecture Series: “Italy: A Grand Tour” 

Connoisseurship and the “Eye” of the Collector
Presented by Richard L. Feigen, International Art Dealer