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 April 2018:


Monday January 15, 2018

Birmingham Next

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 A Designing Family
The Saarinens

Saarinen House at Cranbrook exemplifies Eliel Saarinen's belief that an architect's mission is total design from the building and its setting to the spoon on the table inside. He believed in including his talenteed family in design as well.  This class will focus on Eliel Saarinen's buildings at Cranbrook, but will begin with his work in his native Finland and branch out to include designs by Lola, Pipa, and Eero Saarinen.

Open to anyone 50+ ($15 for nonmembers)
Information and registration at 248 203-5270 or
at www.birminghamnext.org
Pre-registration is required by Wednesday January 10, 2018


Thursday February 8, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

The Met is the largest museum in America and now has works in 3 locations so we'll explore a variety of art from the main Met as well as the Cloisters and the new Met Breuer. Hopefully the images presented will bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas of what to look for in future visits to these museums.

Open to anyone 55+ for $5
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Monday February 12, 2018

Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild

7:00 - 8:00 pm

 Skins, Skeins, and Stitches
Fabric Art through the Ages

There is evidence of weaving as far back as the Stone Age. Since then, we have wrapped ourselves in fabric, walked on carpets, and decorated with embroidery, quilts, and tapestries. Once dismissed as mere craft, skills in fabric making and decorating are now embraced as art by art historians and adopted by artists as ways to create art and express ideas. Lavish photographs show the varied fibers, techniques and artistic sensibilities over time and across continents.

Visitors are welcome
Social time, library browsing, and member meeting 6:30-7:00 pm
Held in Piper Hall, Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Information at www.annaborfiberarts.org/events/meetings-programs/


Thursday March 1, 2018

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

10:00 - 11:30 am

Marc Chagall
Fairy Tales, Passion, and Wonder

Pablo Picasso said Mark Chagall must have an angel in his head. Chagall traveled far from the log cabin of his youth in Russia to make a name for himself in Paris, the art center of the world. He carried his early experiences with him. They helped shape his art. This illustrated presentation explores Chagall's early life, the peak of his career, and his later life and work in many different media.

Non-members are welcome but please register at least one day before the class.
Fee $20 member, $30 non member
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at www.thevillageclub.org


Wednesdays 
March 7, 21 and 28, 2018

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Great Museums

Continuing a series begun last year, each illustrated talk explores important works in one of the great art museums of the world. The three in this series are very different museums but each has special art to offer. Hopefully the images presented will bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas of what to look for in future visits to these museums.

March 7:  British Museum, London   Established in 1753 this is one of the oldest museums in the world. It is also one of the largest with 3 miles of galleries and a collection of some 8 million items from ancient times and from all over the world.
March 21: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  The nation's museum has a premiere collection of Western art from the middle ages to the present.
March 28: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam  The museum for Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.


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 March 8, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Expressionism
The Assertive Art

Expressionist artist often rebelled against the social values and conventions of their societies Whether working in painting, sculpture, prints, or architecture, they rejected traditional art forms, colors, and refinement in prder to communicate intense emotions. We'll delve into the roots of expressionist art, the flowering of German Expressionism in the early 20th century, and the later expressionism in Europe and America.

Open to anyone 55+ Fee $5
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Wednesday March 14, 2018

Farmington Art Foundation

6:45 - 8:30 pm

 Marc Chagall
Fairy Tales, Passion, and Wonder

Pablo Picasso said Mark Chagall must have an angel in his head. Chagall traveled far from the log cabin of his youth in Russia to make a name for himself in Paris, the art center of the world. He carried his early experiences with him. They helped shape his art. This illustrated presentation explores Chagall's early life, the peak of his career, and his later life and work in many different media.

(Information on line)
Visitors welcome. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm after a business meeting for the foundation.


Thursday April 11

Farmington Hills Senior Services

11:00 am - noon

Diego Rivera
and his Murals


Diego Rivera called the Detroit Industry murals his finest work.  We'll look in depth at the images and discuss the ideas embodied in them.  Rivera arrived with his wife Frida Kahlo at the height of his fame, and in the midst of the Great Depression.  

This presentation will trace his artistic development from childhood prodigy, though years in Europe learning from the likes of Chagall and Picasso in Paris and from murals in Italy, to the impact of Mexican indigenous and folk art after he returned home.  We'll explore the controversies surrounding his fresco in Detroit and in the Rockefeller Center in New York and look at murals painted in Mexico on his return. 

Along the way we explore his style, his life, and his ideas.

Dine and Discover Program
Open to a
dults 50 and better
Non-residents welcome for same $8 lunch fee if they pay annual fee $20
Information call 248 473-1830
Registration required


Thursday April 12, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Spiritual Heritage

Drawing mostly from collections in museums from the US, UK and Europe we'll explore ancient and modern beautiful objects and buildings that are significant to traditional Jewish ceremonies and religious practice both in the synagogue and in the home.

Open to anyone 55+  Fee $5
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

10:00 - 11:30 am

The Art of Garden Design

Alexander Pope in 734 argued that "all gardening is landscape painting. Just like a landscape hung up." This presentation will discuss how art has impacted garden design and will explore famous gardens from a variety of times and continents including gardens created by artists.

Non-members are welcome but please register at least one day before the class.
Fee $20 member, $30 non member
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at or at www.thevillageclub.org


Wednesdays May 9, 16, 23 2018

Independence Township Senior Community Center

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Architecture of Detroit and Beyond

This is an exciting time to be in Detroit. The city is beginning to grow again. This 3-week series looks at buildings from Detroit's rise in the late 19th century, through the glory days of the booming automobile industry, on to the most recent new constructions and renovations. The last talk in the series takes us beyond Detroit to deal with one of Detroit's most interesting architects, a man who changed the face of cities and towns from Detroit to Novosibirsk.

May 9: Detroit Architecture: Old and New looks at a mix of architects, styles, and types of buildings including homes from the Charles Lang Freer house to Frank Lloyd Wright's Turkel House, skyscrapers that changed Detroit's skyline from the 20th to 21st centuries, and public buildings like the libraries built in the 1920s.
May 16: Detroit Architecture: Sacred Spaces  Detroit is home to many churches with interesting histories, varied architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. From the mid 1800s to the Great Depression Detroiters built one magnificent house of worship after another. We'll explore a selection from the earliest surviving ones, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the Mariners' Church onwards.
May 23:  Detroit's Architect: Albert Kahn - Temples, Factories and More  This presentation looks at some of the more than 400 structures Albert Kahn built in the Detroit area from his own residence to the largest marble-clad building in the world, the Fisher Building. We'll look beyond Detroit to trace how this modest immigrant with only an elementary school education went from obscure beginnings to world renown. His innovations changed how factories were built and were crucial for the rise of the auto industry and in enabling the US to become the Arsenal of Democracy.

Immersion Series
Information at 248 625-8231 or
www.indetwp.com/18%20WS%20Senior%20Community%20Center.pdf
Fee $10 per class for members, $12 non member
All three classes $25 for members, $31 for non members


I am scheduled to talk also to the following private groups over this period:- All Seasons of Birmingham, and West Bloomfield; Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild; Annual Local History Conference; Birmingham PEO Group; Cedarbrook; Farmington Branch of Michigan Association of Retired School Personal, Franklin Garden Club, Limmud, Oberlin, Questors, Samaritas, SOAR, and Sustainers of the Junior League of Detroit.

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