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 currently scheduled in public venues through August 2019 


Thursday 2 May 2019

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

L'Chaim: Introduction to Jewish Artists

This is an update of an earlier talk including some different artworks and different Jewish artists, some very famous, others less so but worth exploring. The title is the Jewish toast "To Life" as we will especially remember those whose lives were taken during the Holocaust on this day, Yom Hashoah, to remember it. They live on in the works celebrated as part of this presentation. 

Open to anyone 55+
Registration not required. Fee $5
Information at http://www.jccdet.org/adults/active-life/ 
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Wednesdays 22 May, 29 May, 5 June 2019

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Art and Ideas of 18th Century France

Changes in ideas and society are always reflected in art, but during this period of intellectual ferment as well as revolution, art and discussions about it impacted ideas and events.  Three self-contained classes tracks the changing ideas and the changing art.

May 22: The Seeds of Revolution After the devastating 30 Years War, the french monarchy becomes the strongest in Europe. Its excesses sowed the seeds of revolution. We'll explore how and why art changed from the classical style of Poussin allied to baroque pomposity at the time of Louis XIV to the frivolous art of the aristocracy under Louis XV.
May 29:  The Art, Ideas, and Events Leading to Revolution This class covers how the seeds of revolution were watered in the salons of the aristocracy as well as in books and journals by the ideas of philosophers like Voltaire, by the writings of art critics like Denis Diderot, and by the impact of paintings by Jacques-Louis David.
June 5:   The Revolution and its Aftermath 
Beginning with the art celebrating the revolution, and the art destroyed by it, this class will track its bloody aftermath, the rise of Napoleon, and the propaganda art of the Empire in the early 19th century.

Information and registration for any or all classes at 248 644-5832 or on line
Fee
$40 for a single class, $110 for series
(Fee helps support the educational mission of the Community House
)


Thursday 20 June 2019

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Impressionism and Post Impressionism

Impressionists, like Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir introduced a new way of painting in bright colors to try to capture the brilliance of outdoor light. and short brush strokes to capture movement.  Artists after them tended to retain the vivid colors but reject the idea that art should quickly and spontaneously just depict the world as it is.  Some, like Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, wanted a more emotional approach; others, like Paul Cezanne and Georges Seurat, wanted more structure. 

Open to anyone 55+
Registration not required. Fee $5
Information at http://www.jccdet.org/adults/active-life/ 
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Friday 12 July 2019

Farmington Hills Senior Services

10:00-11:30 am

Vive la France!
Vive la Revolution!

A fully illustrated look at the revolution in art that took place in France in the second half of the 19th century.  This features artists like Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet who were the first to challenge academic traditions, then the younger revolutionaries like Claude Monet and the Impressionists, and on through rebels, like Vincent Van Gogh, who followed them.

Dine and Discover Program
Open to a
dults 50 and better
Non-residents welcome for same $10 lunch fee if they pay $20 annual fee
Information call 248 473-1830
Registration required


Thursdays 1, 8, and 15 August, 2019

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Art before Impressionism: Art and Architecture in Europe and America 1800-1870

In the 19th century in Europe and America, a reaction against the Enlightenment emphasis on reason led to interest in the mysterious, the macabre, and the awesome. Archaeological discoveries encouraged interest in classical antiquity. By mid-century artists began to turn from sentiment and nostalgia for a past golden age to examine the modern world and the issues current conditions raised.

August 1:  Art for Propaganda Napoleon understood the power of art to shape how he was regarded. He favored classically-inspired art, as emperors and dictators often do, because it recalls the grandeur of the Roman Empire. His downfall inspired propaganda against him and a new nationalism in his former empire.
August 8:  The Flowering of Romanticism Interest in the classical past led to a sentimental approach to classical art which widened into nostalgia for times long ago and places far away. Sentiment legitimizing feelings encouraged a new idea - art as self-expression.
August 15: The Rise of Realism 
A reaction against romanticizing the distant or imaginary, as well as against the academic focus on history and classical idealism, led some artists and writers to want instead to explore the modern world, ordinary people, and social injustice.

Information and registration for any or all classes at 248 644-5832 or on line
Fee
$40 for a single class, $110 for series
(Fee helps support the educational mission of the Community House
)


Thursday 22 August 2019

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Vienna: City for Art Lovers

This continues a series that looks at the best art to be seen in public places and museums in cities around the world.   You will enjoy the images presented whether you are looking for ideas for a future visit, want to remember past joys, or just wish to sample the best art the world has to offer.
VIENNA is as great for art lovers as for music lovers. We'll explore its architectural highlights and visit museums including the world-renowned Kunsthistoriches Museum, the Albertina for its unparalleled collection of prints and drawings, the Leopold Museum for Austrian art and design, and more.

Open to anyone 55+
Registration not required. Fee $5
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 the following private groups over this period:- All Seasons of Birmingham, All Seasons of West Bloomfield, Detroit Institute of Arts IPV Peer to Peer Enrichment, Farmington Hills Country Club, Fox Run YOU group, the Garden Buds, SOAR and SOAR Macomb. If you belong to one of these groups do come!

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