Lectures

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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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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