Art Presentations by Wendy Evans

 


To receive regular e-mail updates listing currently-scheduled lectures, tours, and other offerings contact wendyevans@art-talks.org

 

Talks scheduled in public venues through June 2017:


Wednesday March 22, 2017

Rochester OPC

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Detroit Architecture
Old and New

This presentation looks at a mix of architects, styles, and types of buildings. It includes homes from the 19th century Charles Lang Freer house to Frank Llyod Wright's modernist Turkel house, skyscrapers that changed Detroit's skyline in the 20th and 21st centuries, and public buildings like the libraries built in the 1920s.

Open for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township 50+ residents
Register at http://opcseniorcenter.org
or contact Judy Hickman at 248 656-1403


Thursday March 23, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Detroit Institute of Arts
The European Collection

The DIA has one of the best European collections in America thanks to the first major donor James Scripps, to the vision of museum director William Valentiner, to the activities of museum curators, and to many gifts and purchases over the years.  The museum boasts the first significant painting by Peter Paul Rubens to be imported into America, one of only two major paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in American museums and the Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi that is featured in art history textbooks.  We'll explore these and other jewels in European painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at http://www.jccdet.org/adults/active-life/ 
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Thursday April 20, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Art in the Third Reich

In his play Taking Sides, Ronald Harwood has the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler say, "Only tyrants understand the power of art."

Hitler and the Nazi elite in Germany certainly did.  In light of the Holocaust, art may seem a minor concern, but the Nazi cult of art was central to their ideas.  Their cultural policies were inextricably linked to their other goals.  This presentation looks at how the National Socialists used both the art they denegrated and the art they favored to promote their ideology and further their racial, social, and military objectives.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at http://www.jccdet.org/adults/active-life/ 
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Tuesday April 25, 2017

Rochester OPC

7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Art of Flowers

Artists over the centuries and across cultures have depicted flowers for several reasons, not least their inherent beauty. Georgia O'Keeffe painted flowers up close and large to get even busy people to notice them. Others have used flowers to symbolize love, transience or death. We'll explore these and many other widely varied uses of flowers in art. 

Open for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township 50+ residents
Register at http://opcseniorcenter.org
or contact Judy Hickman at 248 656-1403


Thursday May 4, 2017

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

5:30  - 7:00 pm

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Women in Art

Some of the earliest art we have, from 30,000 years ago, seems to show women barefoot, pregnant, and in the cave.  Over the centuries since then, male artists have tended to portray women either as goddesses or evil temptresses.  This illustrated presentation, with works by many artists including Botticelli, Titian, and Yoko Ono, looks at how the male gaze has rendered the female from ancient times through the Renaissance and explores the changes in the 20th century when women artists have the chance to speak for themselves.

Non-members are welcome
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at www.thevillageclub.org


Wednesday May 17, 2017

Bloomfield Township Public Library

7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Art of Flowers

Artists over the centuries and across cultures have depicted flowers for several reasons, not least their inherent beauty. Georgia O'Keeffe painted flowers up close and large to get even busy people to notice them. Others have used flowers to symbolize love, transience or death. We'll explore these and many other widely varied uses of flowers in art. 

Registration is required
Residents can register on line when program is listed on calendar

Non-residents may register one week before the class


Thursday May 18, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Art Controversies
Old and New

Throughout history much art has been controversial. We'll look at a variety of images and discuss many issues.

Does art require craftsmanship?  Is it the artist's mind or his hand that is crucial?  What about art done with help from assistants or optical devices?  Is Impressionism a "mess of palette scrapings" as some critics claimed?  Is modern art something your child could have done?
Is art good for you, uplifting?  Can the ugly be art?  Where is the line between art and pornography, art and sacrilege, art and vandalism, art and politics?
Who chooses the canon?  Should governments fund art?  Should public art require public approval?  Who should keep the art plundered a long time ago?

Open to anyone 55+
Information at http://www.jccdet.org/adults/active-life/ 
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Thursday May 25, 2017

Rochester OPC

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Controversies
Old and New

 

Throughout history much art has been controversial. We'll look at a variety of images and discuss many issues.

Does art require craftsmanship?  Is it the artist's mind or his hand that is crucial?  What about art done with help from assistants or optical devices?  Is Impressionism a "mess of palette scrapings" as some critics claimed?  Is modern art something your child could have done?
Is art good for you, uplifting?  Can the ugly be art?  Where is the line between art and pornography, art and sacrilege, art and vandalism, art and politics?
Who chooses the canon?  Should governments fund art?  Should public art require public approval?  Who should keep the art plundered a long time ago?

 

Open for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township 50+ residents
Register at http://opcseniorcenter.org
or contact Judy Hickman at 248 656-1403


Wednesdays May 31, June 7 and June 14, 2017

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Telling a Story
The Art of Illustration

 

On ancient scrolls, in medieval manuscripts and in printed books and magazines, artists illustrated stories. This series covers a wide range of the best of these illustrations as a way of proving they are fine art and that a picture is worth a thousand words.

May 31:  Introduction to Illustration   Artists like Albrecht Durer, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall produced their own illustrated books. We'll look at their work and that of many artists, both earlier and later than these, who illustrated stories.
June 7:   Norman Rockwell, America's Storyteller   No artist has captured American life more vividly than Norman Rockwell. We'll explore some of his best-loved covers for the Saturday Evening Post as well as a selection of other works from his long and productive career.
June 14:  Children's Book Illustrations   Books for children have some of the best illustrations. We'll look at examples spanning from late 19th and early 20th century artists like Randolph Caldecott and Beatrix Potter to contemporary award winners like Maurice Sendak, Mo Willems, and Leo Leonni.


Information and registration for any or all classes at 248 644-5832 or on line
(Fee helps support the educational mission of the Community House


Thursday June 15, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Washington DC
City for Art Lovers

A look at the best art to be seen in public places and museums in America's capital city which has an excess of fabulous art for all tastes.  The images presented will bring back fond memories of places familiar to you and give ideas for future trips.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at http://www.jccdet.org/adults/active-life/ 
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


I am scheduled to talk also to private groups such as ALI; All Seasons of Birmingham, and West Bloomfield; Cedarbrook; Farmington Hills 50 and Better Dine and Discover, Fox Run, PEO Birmingham Branch; Samaritas;  Temple Emanu-el; and Schoolcraft College Lifelong Learner Dine and Discover Series.  

I give talks in private homes. 
If you are interested in a talk for a private or public group please contact me.

To receive regular e-mail updates listing currently-scheduled lectures, tours, and other offerings contact
wendyevans@art-talks.org

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Art, like morality, consists of drawing a line.

 

G. K. Chesterton