Art Lecture Series

The 2013 DCA Art Lecture Series is sponsored by SBD Kitchens, LLC in Darien, CT.Every 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 SBD Kitchens, LLC in Darien.

The 2014 series will begin in October. To receive an email notice with details of the series, contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

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