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 May 2019 


 

Sunday 13 January 2019

Friends of Livonia Public Library

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Ben Shahn: Artist and Activist

  

 

Ben Shahn is famous for mixing politics with his paint. This richly illustrated presentation looks at a wide range of his work including photographs taken during the Great Depression, frescoes he painted or proposed for public buildings, and illustrations for books and magazines. Along with exploring Ben Shahn's images we'll discuss how his art reflects the social and political ideals forged by his experiences as a young child in Russia, living on Manhattan's Lower East side, and traveling around the southern states during the Great Depression.

 

Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library
Information call 734 466-2491 or visit http://livoniapubliclibrary.org/friends 


 

 

  Weds Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13

Jewish Federation Adult Ed

noon - 1:30 pm

More Jewish Art and Soul

Another intriguing series exploring Jewish art based topics.

January 23:   Marc Chagall and the Jewish School of Paris
January 30:   Art as Propaganda in the 3rd Reich
February 6:   The Fabric of Survival: Esther Krinitz
February 13: The Chicago Jewish Artists Collective

Information and registration on line at jccdet.org/FedEd
REGISTRATION REQUIRED for the complete series - fee $70 - no walk ins or single classes


Thursday 24 January 2019

Berman Center Shaarey Zedek

7:00 - 8:00 pm

What We Carry
Chicago Jewish Artist Collective

This special presentation for the Berman Center for Jewish Education Night of Learning will discuss works by a group of Chicago artists who explore their personal and ancestral Jewish heritage in a contemporary idiom in a wide variety of media. 

Information at http://www.shaareyzedek.org/category/berman-center-classes/  
or call Hilary Strasberger 248 357-5544 x45 or email hstrasberger@shaareyzedec.org 


Thursday 7 February 2019

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Life, Love, Art
Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Especially for the upcoming Valentine's Day, here's a story of love and art. When they met Stieglitz was a famous photographer and gallery owner, O'Keeffe was a young unknown art teacher. This May-December couple would grow close, have a huge impact on each other's art and life, then grow apart. We'll trace their story while looking at lots of Stieglitz's photographs and O'Keeffe's paintings.

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


Tuesday 26 February 2019

Baldwin Public Library

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Looking at Art
with the Eyes of an Artist


Arthur Schopenhauer said: Treat a work of art like a prince; let it speak to you first.
Georgia O'Keeffe wrote: Nobody sees a flower, really - it is so small - we haven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.

In this richly-illustrated presentation we'll talk about how to get a work of art to speak to you and how to make friends with the art you see.

Information at 248 554-4651 or https://www.baldwinlib.org/


Friday 1 March 2019 

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

10:00 - 11:30 am

The Amalfi Coast of Italy
for Art Lovers

Tourists flock to the Amalfi Coast of Italy for its natural beauty and scenic views. Art lovers have extra treats in the 9th century cathedral of Amalfi and nearby museum of coral sculptures. Positano has a church with a Byzantine icon. Especially exciting, not far away are the ancient Greek temples of Paestum and the Roman sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This class will visit these and more to whet your appetite for a trip you'll not forget.

Non-members are welcome at a higher fee
Members and non-members are asked to register at least one day before the class
 
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at www.thevillageclub.org


Thursdays 7, 14, 21 March 2018

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

The Sensational 17th Century

Art in the 1600s moved from the classical calm of the Renaissance to high drama, I challenge you to look with me at paintings, sculpture, and architecture by great masters, then tell me if you agree that this is art at its most exciting, accomplished, and exuberant. 

March 7: The Excitement of Caravaggio  We’ll explore the religious context that led to a new dramatic style of painting pioneered by Caravaggio and spread through Italy and Spain by artists who aim to evoke deep feelings rather than appeal to the intellect.
March 14:  The Marvels of Bernini  Turning to sculpture and architecture, we discuss the drama, sensuousness, and technical wizardry achieved by this Italian master.
March 21:   The Contrasts in Flanders and the Dutch Republic  In Northern Europe, paint
ers like Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt reached similar heights of light and drama. Dutch artists, with the first market for art, had a different attitude from the Italian-inspired Flemish so created quieter images and new subjects for art.

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 14 March 2019

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

The Mesmerizing Art
of Northern Europe

Art in Europe north of the Alps developed in the 1400s from illuminated manuscripts and the first printed books to paintings with microscopic details of tremendous beauty to encourage viewers to lose themselves in contemplation of an image as if they were present at the scene able to touch the objects and share the emotions of the people depicted.

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


Tuesday 19 March 2019

Farmington Hills Senior Services

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Monet to Dali


This richly illustrated talk presents artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who changed the course of western art.   Looking at works by artists such as Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, we'll explore the major art movements around the turn of the last century.

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 2 May 2019

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Chicago
City for Art Lovers

An easy trip from Detroit, Chicago is full of delights from high quality museums to world-famous architecture and engaging outdoor sculpture.  The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the best-loved paintings in America and has a new wing for modern art.  We'll see its highlights and those of several other museums plus sample architecture from architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Rem Koolhaus. This will enhance any trip to Chicago, including the JCC trip 14-17 May 2019.

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

For information on the trip contact Travel Director, Marilyn Wolfe at 248 432-5471 or 


Wednesdays 22, 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 Beginning with the end of the devastating 30 Years War, we’ll trace how the increasingly strong French monarchy sowed the seeds of revolution as we explore how and why art changed from the classical style of Poussin 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 Jaques-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
)


I am scheduled to talk also to the following private groups over this period:- All Seasons of Birmingham, Community House Storytellers Group, Detroit Institute of Arts IPV Peer to Peer Enrichment, Eastside Handweavers Guild, IBEX, National Council of Jewish Women, 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