Art Lecture Series

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 year’s series is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank.

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http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/art-lecture-series/2016 Art Lecture Series – “Between Modernity and Tradition: Impressionism”
Four Thursdays: October 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
11:00am lecture, luncheon to follow*

Three curators from Williamstown, Massachusetts and the acknowledged expert on American Impressionism in the United States, will explore the topic “Between Modernity and Tradition” focusing on both French and American Impressionism. From the genius of Renoir ending with an unprecedented front row seat to observations and anecdotes from one of the most important American art historians in the country, this distinctive lineup of speakers should be on everyone’s calendar this October.

Presented by Williamstown, MA Curators:
Jay A. Clarke
Kathleen Morris
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Kevin M. Murphy
Williams College Museum of Art

& William H. Gerdts
Professor Emeritus of Art History, Graduate School of The City University of New York

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/art-lecture-series/*Specially designed luncheons by Diane Browne Catering. Luncheons follow the lecture.

 

 

 

 

Click here to see a copy of the
2016 DCA Art Lecture Series brochure

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Registration information
Prepayment is required for all lunch reservations by noon on the Friday preceding each lecture, and may be purchased through the links below or through the DCA office at 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

Series admission:
Includes all 4 lectures with gourmet luncheons
$175 DCA members, $195 public
Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, September 30th.
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http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/art-lecture-series/The Impressionist Line
Thursday, October 6th
11:00am
Presented by Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

In the late nineteenth century, artistic visionaries saw the drawn and printed line as a signpost of modernity. Long overshadowed by oil paintings, prints and drawings created from the 1860s to the 1890s have a different story to tell, one of artistic spontaneity and experimentation. This talk will consider the hallmarks of the “Impressionist line” by looking at works from the Clark’s collection, including watercolors by Honoré Daumier and Berthe Morisot, drawings by Claude Monet, mysterious color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, improvisatory etchings by Édouard Manet, pastels by Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, and luminous color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Single lecture with gourmet luncheon
$50 DCA members, $55 public
Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, September 30th.
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Single lecture-only admission (walk-ins welcome)
$20 DCA members, $25 public
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http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/art-lecture-series/A Passion for Renoir: Sterling Clark and the Impressionists
Thursday, October 13th
11:00am
Presented by Kathleen Morris, Interim Senior Curator, Marx Director of
Collections and Exhibitions, Curator of Decorative Arts

Beginning in 1916 with the purchase of his first Renoir A Girl Crocheting, Sterling Clark embarked on what would become a lifelong passion for collecting paintings by Renoir and other Impressionist artists. Over the first half of the 20th century, both he and his wife Francine amassed a major collection of works by the artist and his contemporaries. Despite the eventual large scale of their collection, the Clarks always remained highly selective in their purchasing choices and had specific time periods, subjects, and themes that they favored. This lecture will discuss both how the Clarks came to accumulate such a spectacular array of Impressionist works and also how the Clark’s present collection reflects the interests of its founders.

Single lecture with gourmet luncheon
$50 DCA members, $55 public
Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, October 7th.
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Single lecture-only admission (walk-ins welcome)
$20 DCA members, $25 public
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http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/art-lecture-series/Uncommon Modern: Maurice Prendergast and American Art
Thursday, October 20th
11:00am
Presented by Kevin M. Murphy, Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art at WCMA

At the turn of the 20th century, Maurice Prendergast produced some of the most avantgarde art in America. In watercolor and oil, Prendergast created dazzling, mosaic-like scenes of people enjoying parks, the seashore, and other public places through his use of divided brushwork and bright, arbitrary colors. However, while Prendergast’s American version of French Post-Impressionism garnered critical acclaim and financial success for the artist, it also seemed out of step with most American art of his era, neither fitting in with the gritty urban realism of the Ashcan School nor the modernism of artists associated with Alfred Stieglitz. This talk will use the extensive collection of the Williams College Museum of Art to explore how we might understand Prendergast’s place in American art, addressing his convergence and divergence from his peers.

Single lecture with gourmet luncheon
$50 DCA members, $55 public
Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, October 14th.
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Single lecture-only admission (walk-ins welcome)
$20 DCA members, $25 public
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http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/art-lecture-series/Confessions of an Historian of American Impressionist Art
Thursday, October 27th
11:00am
Presented by William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Graduate School of The City University of New York

Author of “the best book ever written on the subject” Artforum — and over 25 books on American art. The lecture will explore the latent development of interest in American art, moving toward recognition of the accomplishments of the American Impressionists, equal to their peers on the continent. Incorporating a “fair number of anecdotes along the way,” we will share a front row seat to the arc of a career that shaped the levels of connoisseurship of both curators and collectors alike in the second half of the 20th century, enduring into the 21st.

Following William H. Gerdts’ presentation Abigail Booth Gerdts, Director, Records of Works by Winslow Homer (in five volumes) will also give “A Brief Talk on Winslow Homer and Darien.”

Single lecture with gourmet luncheon
$50 DCA members, $55 public
Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, October 21st.
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Single lecture-only admission (walk-ins welcome)
$20 DCA members, $25 public
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Art Lecture Series Committee

These lectures would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the committee:

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Photo, from left to right:
Judy Rodriguez, Martha Yaney, Marian Castell (Co-Chair), Patricia Hedlund (Co-Chair), June Foster, Barbara Conrad, Maureen Pollart

 

Recent Lectures

2015 Art Lecture Series – “America is Hard to See”
Whitney Museum of American Art

Three curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art and a university professor will examine and discuss the museum’s “America is Hard to See” Inaugural Exhibition. The Whitney’s new downtown home at the base of the High Line, and this show, have generated much excitement and rave reviews from critics and the public alike.

Presented by Whitney Curators:
Jane Panetta
Laura Phipps
Elisabeth Sherman

& Michael Lobel, Professor
Purchase College, State University of New York

DCA Art Lecture Series 2015: Marsden Hartley's "Painting, Number 5" will be discussed by Jane Panetta from the Whitney Museum of American Art on Thursday, October 8, 20151900-1950: An Introduction
Thursday, October 8th
11:00am
Join us for the DCA Art Lecture Series

Presented by Jane Panetta, Associate Curator
Whitney Museum of American Art

 

This lecture will consider the Whitney Museum’s inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See”, and will begin with an overview of the show’s conception and organization. The presentation will touch on early work included in the show from approximately 1900 to 1950, featuring examples by American Modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Edward Hopper. Lastly, this talk will consider the process of selecting work for the show, the organizing themes of the exhibition, and the significance of the Whitney’s collection being presented in-depth, in its new downtown home. Image credit: Marsden Hartley (1877-1943). Painting, Number 5, 1914-15. Oil on linen. (39 1/4 x 32 in.). Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

DCA Art Lecture Series 2015: John Sloan’s “Women’s Page” will be discussed by Michael Lobel from Purchase College, State University of New York on Thursday, October 15, 2015Illustration Is Hard to See: An Inside Outsider’s View
Thursday, October 15th
11:30am (please note later start time)

Presented by Michael Lobel, Professor
Purchase College, State University of New York

The presentation of the Whitney’s permanent collection offers a reappraisal of American art from 1900 to the present. No matter how expansive that revised view, there is still more to be said about the connection between the works of art on exhibit and contemporaneous popular images. This lecture will present a different approach, by exploring the illustrating careers of some of the most influential practitioners of early twentieth-century American art, showing how their art is inextricably linked to the popular imagery they created. Image credit: John Sloan (1871 – 1951). Women’s Page, 1905. Etching. (5 x 6 7/8 in.). © 2013 Delaware Art Museum/Artists Rights Society, New York. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC.

 

DCA Art Lecture Series 2015: Roy Lichtenstein’s “Little Big Painting" will be discussed by Laura Phipps from the Whitney Museum of American Art on Thursday, October 22, 20151950-1970
Thursday, October 22nd
11:00am

Presented by Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator
Whitney Museum of American Art

“America is Hard to See” offers new perspectives on American art in the 20th century, while challenging the linear art historical “isms” of the past. This lecture will examine the postwar period from approximately 1950 – 1970. It will touch on themes related to abstraction, Pop art, and the tumultuous politics of the 1960s and 70s. Artists such as Jasper Johns, On Kawara, Roy Lichtenstein, and Allan D’Arcangelo will be highlighted within a discussion that will closely consider the radical and groundbreaking shifts realized in American art-making during this two decade period. Image credit: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). Little Big Painting, 1965. Oil and acrylic on canvas. (68”x 80” in.) Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

DCA Art Lecture Series 2015: Robert Gober’s “Untitled" will be discussed by Elisabeth Sherman from the Whitney Museum of American Art on Thursday, October 29, 20151970 – Present
Thursday, October 29nd
11:00am

Presented by Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator
Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney’s institutional mission is to dedicate itself to living, working American artists — the new building expanding all possibilities for examination and exploration. Looking at the period from 1970 to the present, the lecture will highlight artists’ engagement with the development of new media and found imagery, with a particular focus on political work from the 1980s and 90s. In addition, the presentation will consider some of the most recent work included in the exhibition, through a discussion of contemporary artists such as Carol Bove, Robert Gober, Josh Kline, and Wade Guyton. Image credit: Robert Gober (1954-). Untitled, 1991. Wax, cloth, wood, leather, human hair. (12 5/16 x 10 1/4 x 37 1/2 in.) Whitney Museum of American Art.
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2014 Art Lecture Series – El Greco, Goya & Sorolla: Three Artistic Visions
The DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series will be presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaPresented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator
The Hispanic Society of America

View details of this series through this link. 

 

 


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 relived 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, view the lecture calendar, and explore related videos and exhibits through this link.
2012 Art Lecture Series – The Frick Collection 

Art-Lecture-Series-2012-Frick-Museum-verticalWe 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. Read further details of this series through this link.

Image credit: The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Galen Lee

 

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