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Guest Lecture: "Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico", by Dr. Anthony Aveni

Skywatchers book cover
April 6, 2014 -

Since their archaeological and artistic remains were first studied by Western scholars about a century and a half ago, we have begun to appreciate that the ancient Maya rulers of Central America were possessed by the study of time, the calendar, and astronomy. This lecture mainly examines the evidence that suggests Maya priest-astronomers carefully watched the planet Venus, clocking its motion to an accuracy of better than two hours in five centuries, all without the advantage of the technologies we have today.

Guest Lecture: Learning from Lake George, Dr. Cody Hartley, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Dr. Cody Hartley
March 28, 2014 -

The period when Georgia O’Keeffe made regular visits to Lake George is the most productive of her career and coincides with her emergence as a professional artist, admired by critics and the public alike. Yet Modern Nature is the first exhibition to look closely at her work over these years.

The Visions Series: Film and Conversation with Artist Mildred Howard

Mildred Howard
March 9, 2014 -

Known for her sculptural installations and mixed-media assemblages, Howard has received numerous awards from such entities as the San Francisco Art Institute (Adeline Kent Award), the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the California Arts Council (fellowship). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including recent shows in Berlin, Cairo, and Bath, England. Large-scale installations have been mounted at Creative Time and the New Museum, New York; in SITE, San Diego; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Docent Lecture: "Passing the Torch: Three Generations of African American Women Artists", by Sharon Walton

sculpture of a woman by Elizabeth Catlett
March 8, 2014 -

Throughout the 20th century, art was influenced by the race and gender of the artist.  African American women artists Elizabeth Catlett, Betye Saar, Mildred Howard, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker all built on the accomplishments of their predecessors to create art that reflects their personal experiences and the eras in which they lived.


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