(choose 1 or select a series)
illustrated talk explores the most important works in the greatest
art museums in the world. The images presented will
bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas for
what to look for in future visits to these museums.
Art Institute of Chicago
(2) British Museum, London
(3) Cleveland Museum of Art,
(4) Metropolitan Museum of Art,
(5) Musee du Louvre, Paris
(6) Prado, Madrid
(7) Tate, London
(8) Toledo Museum of Art,
(9) Uffizi, Florence
(10) The Barnes
(11) Vatican, Rome
(12) Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Art Collectors of Art
and their Treasures
(choose 1, 2 or the series)
Collectors usually have very personal reasons behind their choices of
what to buy. In this series we'll look in depth at the art and
tell the stories behind the collections put together by three American
Duncan Phillips of Washington DC whose collection became America's first museum of
Alfred C. Barnes who
built the Barnes Collection into a unique educational institution, now
controversially moved from his house and rehoused in a beautiful museum
Richard Manoogian who,
with his wife Jane, built an outstanding collection of American art they share with museums in Michigan and elsewhere.
Art of Flowers
over the centuries and across cultures have depicted flowers for
a number of reasons, not least their inherent beauty. Georgia
O'Keeffe painted flowers close up and large to get even busy
people to notice them. Other artists used flowers symbolically.
Flowers can speak of love,
transience or death. This presentation looks at a wide variety
of flowers in art.
Feasting on Art
year because of Covid-19 we can't celebrate the holidays with family
and friends. So this presentation brings a Zoom art feast for
your eyes, complete with ingredients, cooking pots, helpful
servants, serving dishes, tables laden with food to sample, and
paintings of others enjoying meals including the ultimate
Thanksgiving dinner by Norman Rockwell. Bon appetit!
in Detroit and Beyond
(choose 1 talk or 2 or the series)
talks look at buildings from Detroit's rise in the late 19th
century to today.
The last talk in the series takes us beyond Detroit to deal with
a Detroit architect who changed the face of cities and towns
from Detroit to Novosibirsk.
Detroit Architecture: Old and New looks at a mix of
architects, styles, and types of buildings including homes,
skyscrapers, and public buildings.
Detroit Architecture: Sacred Spaces explores Detroit's many churches. From the mid
1800s to the Great Detpression Detroiters built one magnifient
house of worship after another.
Detroit's Architect: Albert Kahn - Temples,
Factories and More looks at some of
the more than 400 structures Albert Kahn built in the Detroit area
then goes 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
How to look 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
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.
Art Controversies Old and New
Should Britain return the Parthenon marbles to
Did Leonardo put a woman in his Last Supper?
Is the Mona Lisa a man?
Are the Rivera murals sacrilegious?
Was Jackson Pollock a genius or
Should museums display nudes?
Is Marcel Duchamp's urinal art?
Throughout history much art has been controversial.
We'll look at a wide variety of art and
discuss many issues.
Multiples: The Art of the
(single talk or 3-part series)
have intrigued us since the first woodcuts.
Artists from the 1400s to today
explored the varied aesthetic possible in printmaking. We'll
explore how prints are made while looking at a rich variety of fine
artworks from inventive printmakers such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt,
Goya, Kathe Kollwitz, Edvard Munch, and Mary Cassatt.
Detroit Institute of Arts:
Detroit's Cultural Treasure House
(single talk or series of chosen museum collections)
Explore the more than 125-year history of one of the world's great
public art museums with this entertaining slide lecture on the striking
personalities, generous donors and notable acquisitions that have made
the DIA the jewel in Detroit's cultural crown.
Additional talks in the series look in depth at the art in the
collection: Choose from particular collections within the
museum: European painting, sculpture and decorative art,
American art, Modern and Contemporary Art, African-American Art,
Prints, Rivera Court or Art from the Ancient World.
The Artof Illustration
(pick a single talk or the series)
created images to illustrate stories on ancient scrolls, in
medieval manuscripts, and in printed books and magazines.
series covers a wide range of the best illustrations as a way to
demonstrate a picture is worth a thousand words and that
illustrations can be very fine art.
to Illustration Artists like Albrecht Durer, Henri Matisse,
and Marc Chagall produced their own illustrated books. We'll
look these as part of a wide range of images illustrating
Rockwell: America's Storyteller No one has captured American
life more vividly than Norman Rockwell. We'll explore several of
his memorable covers for the Saturday Evening Post as
well a a selection of other work from his long and productive
in Books for Children Some of our most loved illustrations
are in books for children. We'll look at examples from late 19th
and early 20th century illustrators, like Randolph Caldecott and
Beatrix Potter, to contemporary award winners like Maurice
Sendak, Mo Willems, and Leo Lionni.
Houses of Britain
(single talk or 3-part series)
geared to fans of Downton Abbey, we'll visit Highclere Castle to learn
its stories and explore the art in the home used as the Earl of
Grantham's mansion. For the three part series we'll also visit
other palaces, castles, manor houses and city homes to see their
treasures and gardens. These fine homes offered the top people
fine living and status. Now we can enjoy their architecture,
gardens and art collections.
Cities for Art Lovers:
series of talks 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 sample the best art the world has to offer.
Since I grew up in the Tate, the Victoria and Albert and the
National Gallery in England, the series begins with highlights
from these and other less well known collections in London.
boasts the Prado Museum but also other treats for the art lover to enjoy
in the city and its environs.
sample works in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, explore the
DeCordova Sculpture Park, visit the modern building on the
waterfront that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art, look
at the Harvard Art Museums – and more in this richly
A city as full of
delights for art lovers as for music lovers. We'll explore its
architectural highlights and visit museums including the
world-renowned Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Albertina for its
unparalleled collection of prints and drawings, the Leopold
Museum for Austrian art and design, the MUMOK for modern art,
and the Belvedere Palace, with an emphasis on Vienna's own
artists, designers, and architects from the early 1900s.
Capital Cities for Art Lovers
(single talk or 3-part series)
series that looks at the best art to be seen in public places
and museum in the world's capital cities. The images
presented will bring back fond memories of famiiar places and
give ideas for future trips.
We'll visit some favorites in each capital but also include some
more unusual offerings.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Women in Art
talk or 3 part series)
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, men making art have tended to
portray women either as goddesses or temptresses.
This lecture or lecture series looks at how the male gaze has rendered the
female and explores the changes when women have the chance to
become artists themselves.
How the male gaze has rendered the
female over the centuries
Session 2: Women struggle for a place in the art
world (15th though 19th century)
3: Women artists get to speak for
themselves (20th century)
We all love
stories. This illustrated presentation looks at tales of
villains and heroes from various cultures as pictured by
artists. From ancient times on artists have considered
examples of virtue and vice a prime source of inspiration.
We'll look at a range of responses from serious to romantic, and
devout to irreverent.
Real Downton Abbey
and Other Treasure Houses of Britain
a Wyvern? Why did the Prince of Wales want a portrait of
Mrs. Musters? Explore the art and the stories from
Highclere Castle, the location and inspiration for Downton Abbey
TV series plus more stories, art and landscaping from other
stately homes. You'll find truth stranger and every bit as
salacious and exciting as the fiction.
Skeins and Stitches:
Fabric Art through the Ages
is evidence of weaving back in the Stone Age. Since then we have
wrapped ourselves in fabric, walked on carpets, decorated with
embroidery and tapestries. Long dismissed as mere craft, skills
in traditional fabric making and decorating have now been
embraced as art by art historians and adopted by artists as
appropriate ways to create art and express their ideas. We look
at a range of examples over time and across continents.
the Spiritual through Art
People from cultures around the world and over the centuries have found the
sacred in art an the
collection: Choose from particular collectiod have used
art to encourage spiritual experiences. While showing art from
various faiths as well as secular art, this presentation will
suggest ways in which you can engage more fully with art in
order to experience its spirituality more deeply.
Perhaps you think English art is like
English cooking – boring!
Not so, as you will find out with this journey from Old Masters like
Hogarth and Turner to the sensational, even scandalous, Young
British Artists and Turner Prize winners of today.
Topics by Time Period
Focusing on Special Artists
to get a new topic developed for your group.