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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE

March 12, 2019
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Problems with the Prescription: The Reality of Regional Modern Architecture in America in the 1920s and 1930s March 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM, Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater | David Brashear, Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art

With the International Style exhibition of 1932, the Museum of Modern Art plunged into the discourse regarding modern architecture.  In this lecture, we will reflect on the efforts of MoMA to “educate” American designers about international architectural trends, while simultaneously missing the rich flavors of modernism that were thriving regionally in the United States.

 

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.  Non-Members: $5  Reserve your spot or purchase tickets here.

 

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

May 8, 2018
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May 8 | Edwin Pease | Broadacre City and Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Utopia | 6 PM

 

One of the fundamental questions considered by many of the greatest twentieth-century architects was how a modern, technology-infused society should arrange itself for living.  As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss how many architects developed their own ideas for urbanism; with some even defining their own brand of utopia.  Wright had a deep disdain for cities, and a very strong belief in the rural fabric of America, not unlike that of Thomas Jefferson.  He longed for American democracy to play itself out on our country’s vast landscape, seeking a way for life and land to be intertwined.  Wright’s utopia was described physically in his Broadacre City project, which included a model of a four square mile section of America.  He spoke extensively on his project, which incorporated many of his most important architectural paradigms and legacies that became the cornerstones of American residential development.

Women With Vision

March 15, 2018
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March 15, 2018 | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

Dr. John T. Spike will examine works from the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s permanent collection currently on view in the exhibition, Women With Vision. This exhibition is in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration and features over thirty works by prominent women artists comprised of a variety of media, styles, and time periods expressing their vision.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

February 7, 2018
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February 7 | David Brashear | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Quest for an American Architecture | 6 PM

 

Frank Lloyd Wright departed Wisconsin and headed to Chicago at age 18, eager to immerse himself in the architectural fabric of the emerging and rapidly changing city.  In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, David Brashear will trace Wright’s early career, from his start with Lyman Silsbee and his subsequent employment at Adler and Sullivan, where he worked closely with and was influenced deeply by his “Lieber Meister” Louis Sullivan.  Both Wright and Sullivan believed that America should have an architecture of its own, and were strongly opposed to the importation of classical architectural themes from Europe.  When Wright broke with Sullivan and set out on his own, he immediately focused on the development of new architectural motifs that he believed reflected the spirit of American democracy.

 

Commemoration and Remembering: Building on the Legacy

November 16, 2017
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November 16, 2017 | Dr. Michael L. Blakey | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

During Dr. Michael L. Blakey’s lecture, he will share research and insight from his groundbreaking work with the Remembering Slavery, Resistance and Freedom Project, and the New York African Burial Ground Project.

Dr. Michael Blakey is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor at the College of William & Mary in the Department of Anthropology and American Studies, and is founder and Director of the Institute for Historical Biology. His work examines the interface between human biology and culture, including the social history of theories that connect biology, “nature,” social inequality, and behavior; the articulation between human biology, racial ideology, and public policy; the political economy of health in industrial society; the bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora; and the ethics and epistemology of publicly engaged research. Dr. Blakey served as the Scientific Director of the New York African Burial Ground Project from 1992-2004. The author of numerous publications and the recipient of many commendations and awards for his contributions to our collective understanding of the impact of racism on science and society, Dr. Blakey is currently the Director of the Remembering Slavery, Resistance and Freedom Project.

A reception will follow the lecture.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

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African American Art at the Muscarelle: Building on the Legacy

October 19, 2017
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October 19, 2017 | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

Dr. John T. Spike will examine works from the permanent collection in conjunction with our current exhibition, Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition, in honor of the Fiftieth Commemoration of the first African American residential students at William & Mary, features more than thirty paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculptures by some of this country’s most renowned artists.

A reception will follow the lecture.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

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Third Thursday Lecture Series

September 21, 2017
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Please join us for our Third Thursday Lecture Series!

21 September 2017 | Fred Eversley and his Contemporaries: Light, Space & Energy in Postwar Art | Dr. John T. Spike

19 October 2017 | African American Art at the Muscarelle: Building on the Legacy | Dr. John T. Spike

16 November 2017 | Commemoration and Remembering | Dr. Michael L. Blakey

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Fred Eversley and His Contemporaries: Light & Space & Energy in Post-War Art

September 21, 2017
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September 21, 2017 | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

Dr. John T. Spike will give an illustrated lecture focused on Fred Eversley’s fascinating career and his contemporaries in the Light and Space and Minimalism movements in the 1960s, especially Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Richard Diebenkorn. This lecture is given in conjunction with our current exhibition, Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy.

A reception will follow the lecture.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

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The Ancient Art of Scholars’ Rocks

July 13, 2017
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July 13, 2017 | Kemin Hu | 6 PM Lecture in the Sheridan Gallery

During this lecture Kemin Hu, one of the foremost experts on Scholars’ rocks, will discuss the philosophy, types, and connoisseurship of these special stones, as well as their reception in the Western world. Kemin Hu gained appreciation of Scholars’ stones through her father, a noted connoisseur of Chinese antiquities. She has become a recognized authority on Scholars’ rocks through her long career as a dealer, collector and author, educating the world on these unique objects. Kemin Hu’s personal collection of Scholars’ stones is one of the finest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. It is the result of a lifetime of collection based on stringent, high-level criteria. Considering both the care taken to assemble this collection and the demand among collectors for high-quality stones in modern China, it would be impossible to duplicate it today. Kemin Hu is the author of several books on the subject, including Modern Chinese Scholars’ Rocks, Scholars’ Rocks in Ancient China: the Suyuan Stone Catalogue, The Spirit of Gongshi and The Romance of Scholars’ Stones and Spirit Stones: The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rocks.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Muscarelle Museum of Art and the William & Mary Confucius Institute held in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Bones of the Earth: Scholars’ Rocks and the Natural World in Chinese Culture, Selections from the Robert Turvene Collection.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Parking is available in the Jamestown and Phi Beta Kappa lot adjacent to the Museum.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

The International Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright – Residential Architecture in Sydney in the 1950s and 1960s | Selected Topics in Architecture

March 14, 2017
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Tuesday, March 14 | 6 PM

David Brashear, Architectural Historian

Following World War II, architects in Australia redoubled their efforts to find an architecture that was expressive of what it meant to be Australian. Many architectural students traveled abroad to study and to see important modern architecture in person. Some architects looked to the International Style, but others embraced an aesthetic that was more regional and organic in its roots, and clearly derivative of Frank Lloyd Wright. This lecture will trace the work of several architects operating in the suburbs of Sydney and the impact of Wright on their residential work.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

The Restless Genius of Botticelli (1445-1510) | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series

February 16, 2017
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February 16, 2017 | 6 PM Lecture at Andrews Hall, Room 101 | Reception to follow at the Muscarelle Museum of Art

In this illustrated lecture, Assistant Director and Chief Curator, Dr. John T. Spike will guide the audience through the historic exhibition, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities on view at the Muscarelle Museum of Art through April 5.

For more information, please contact Liz Jacob at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

Andrews Hall, Room 101 (605 Jamestown Road; next door to Museum)

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Classical Precedents and Creative Invenzione in Italian Renaissance Architecture | Selected Topics in Architecture

February 13, 2017
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Monday, February 13 | 6 PM

David Brashear, Architectural Historian

Classical Precedents and Creative Invenzione in Italian Renaissance Architecture

The concept of rustication was formally introduced into the palette of Renaissance architecture by Sebastiano Serlio in 1537 through the publication of the first book of his architectural treatise. Serlio’s inclusion of rustication was a reflection of both antique precedent and the work of a range of important Renaissance architects. This lecture will explore the interrelated efforts of Serlio and the architectural production of Giulio Romano in Mantua and Jacopo Sansovino in Venice that collectively marked an inflection point in the use of rustication in architecture and served as guideposts to a broadened architectural framework that would be used by others as the Italian Renaissance continued to press ahead.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

Botticelli Preview Lecture

November 17, 2016
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November 17, 2016  | Dr. John T. Spike |  Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM  |

Assistant Director and Chief Curator Dr. John T. Spike will preview the upcoming exhibition Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities. Through his lecture, Dr. Spike will illustrate and discuss the importance of the many highlights of the show, which will include the most paintings by Botticelli ever exhibited in America.  The theme of this historic show will be the transformation of Florentine Renaissance painting during the patronage of the Medici dynasty which led unexpectedly yet directly to the tumultuous Bonfire of the Vanities.  Presented by EVB.

 

 

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Brafferton Indian School Symposium

November 3, 2016
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November 3, 2016  |  Session 1:  9 AM to Noon, Session 2:  2 PM to 5 PM  |

Interested in learning more about William & Mary’s Brafferton Indian School?  The Muscarelle Museum of Art is pleased to host a day-long symposium, titled Reflections on Virginia’s Colonial Indian School: The Brafferton at the College of William & Mary, held in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School. The symposium will consist of scholarly presentations by William & Mary faculty and Colonial Williamsburg staff.  Additionally, student posters will highlight ongoing research on the Brafferton Indian School. The symposium is free and open to faculty and students at the College, as well as the general public.  For more information, please contact Sydney Stewart at sastewart@wm.edu.    Click here for Brafferton Symposium Schedule.

Future Environmental Challenges Facing the Commonwealth | The Honorable Molly Ward | First Tuesday Lecture Series

November 1, 2016
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November 1, 2016 | 6 PM

The Honorable Molly Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources will be speaking about the future environmental challenges facing the Commonwealth, including sea level rise, the Clean Power Plan and the Chesapeake Bay TDML.  This First Tuesday lecture is part of a series in cooperation with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at the College of William & Mary Law School and the Muscarelle Museum of Art presenting the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health.

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The Tyler Legacy at William & Mary | Karla Kraynak Bruno | Special Lecture and Reception

September 22, 2016
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September 22, 2016 | 6 PM

Join Tyler biographer Karla Kraynak Bruno, B.A., M.A. Ed., M.S.L.I.S., for an illustrated lecture concerning the impact of the Tyler family on the history of our beloved College. The focus will be on Lyon G. Tyler, son of the tenth U.S. president, whose many achievements include the College’s transition to a state institution in 1906 and welcoming the first class of women in 1918.

A reception with descendants of this remarkable family will follow the lecture. For more information, please contact Liz Jacob at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

 

 

Indian Tributaries in Colonial Virginia | Dylan Ruediger | Third Thursday Lecture Series

September 15, 2016
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September 15, 2016 | 6 PM

Dylan Ruediger, Provost Dissertation Fellow, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History of Georgia State University will offer an illustrated lecture on the Indian tributaries and their relationship to colonial Virginia, with highlights pulled from the Building the Brafferton exhibition.

Presented by EVB.

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James Monroe and His Built Environment at Highland | Sara Bon-Harper | Midway Wednesday Lecture Series | Selected Topics in Architecture

May 11, 2016
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May 11, 2016  |  6 PM

Narratives of James Monroe as a modest planter have been furthered by the appearance of his unassuming home, Highland, in Albemarle County, Virginia currently owned by the College of William & Mary. Recent architectural and archaeological research reveals new truths about the house, planned and built with the aid of Monroe’s friend and mentor, Thomas Jefferson. This understanding of the property sheds new light on James Monroe and his social and political aspirations. In this lecture, Sara Bon-Harper will explore the property through new research, and discuss emerging narratives about the fifth U.S. President.

 

New Under the Sun, The Advent of Photography | Brenton Hamilton, Photographer | First Tuesday Lecture Series Presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health

April 5, 2016
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6 PM

Join Brenton Hamilton for an illustrated lecture describing the heady atmosphere in France and England in 1839 for the announcement of something “New Under the Sun.” The advent of photography is a culture story, a technological advancement and full of astounding achievement. This evening we will outline this incredible story and look at the fascinating images of Talbot and Daguerre for analysis and the joy of discovery.

Modern Architecture in the Embassy Sectors: Brasília’s International Building Project | David Brashear | Midway Wednesday Lecture Series | Selected Topics in Architecture

March 9, 2016
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6 PM

The move of Brazil’s capital from Rio de Janeiro to the new city of Brasília in the 1960s was envisioned as a physical representation of the passage to the economic and political future of a rising nation.  The new city was intended to be overtly modern, and Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic buildings defined it from the outset.  But his work did not stand alone – the construction of embassies in Brasília allowed for a nearly unprecedented gathering of international talent, and all were tasked to create facilities that both represented their own countries and paid respect to their Brazilian hosts.  In this session, we will explore the embassy compounds in Brasília that collectively mark the architectural modernism of the 1960s and 1970s.

Hiroshige’s Tokaido: The Ordinary and the Extraordinary on the Road in Early Nineteenth-Century Japan | Marcia Yonemoto | First Tuesday Lecture Series Presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health

March 1, 2016
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6 PM

Taking advantage of the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s exhibition of five different versions of Ando Hiroshige’s renowned print series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido,” this talk will focus on the artist’s representation of everyday life in the extraordinarily vibrant space that was the Tokaido in the early nineteenth century. The talk will discuss individual prints depicting stops on the famous highway, with particular attention to visual culture, the changing practice of travel, and concepts of space and place in early nineteenth-century Japan.

Sculpture by Picasso | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series Presented by EVB

February 18, 2016
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6 PM

While Pablo Picasso’s The Women of Algiers smashed auction records and garnered headlines across the globe, Picasso Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art has garnered critical acclaim for drawing attention to Picasso’s influential and important work in three dimensions. Dr. John T. Spike will provide an in-depth look at this landmark exhibition featured at the Museum of Modern Art and hailed by the New York Times as “tantamount to [a] work of art in [its] own right.” The lecture will be sure to leave the audience with one question – ‘Was Picasso a better painter or sculptor?’

Reception to follow sponsored by EVB.

First Tuesday Lecture | Toshi Yoshida and William & Mary | Dr. Hiroshi Kitamura

November 4, 2014
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Toshi Yoshida and William & Mary: A Collaboration Across Borders

At 6 PM, Join Professor Kitamura as he discusses the extraordinary life and works of influential Japanese printmaker Toshi Yoshida. Kitamura will discuss the pivotal role that Yoshida played in the history of Japanese woodblock printing.  He will also discuss how Yoshida’s works in this exhibition have helped bring East Asian culture closer to William and Mary through student initiative and collaboration.

Panel Discussion | 21st Century Diplomacy | Presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health

September 2, 2014
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21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots and Bullets
September 2, 2014

A panel discussion focused on the current exhibition 21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots and Bullets will be held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art on September 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm to kick-off the First Tuesday lecture series.  The international images, on view through September 28, share the photographer’s experience in witnessing narratives that help shape political, financial and humanitarian decisions worldwide.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Harvey Langholtz, Department of Psychology at College of William & Mary with introductory remarks from Ana Rold, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic Courier.  On the panel will be international photojournalist Sebastian Rich and guest curator and William & Mary adjunct professor, Kathryn Floyd.  Carleigh Snead (W&M ’15) will round out the panel to present her experiences as a student photographer.