Fall 2016, 2 lectures, Wednesday, 12:15-1:15pm
BODY BEAUTIFUL: THE MYSTIQUE OF THE CHIC PHYSIQUE: A LOOK AT THE CHANGING IDEALS OF PHYSICAL BEAUTY THROUGH THE CENTURIES
The human body is the subject that appears most frequently in art. Dr. Benton examines artists' depictions of men and women, clothed and unclothed, revealing the impact of aesthetic, social, political, religious, and personal influences. The vast variety of physiques admired over the millennia reflects constantly changing opinions of the "ideal." Because virtually every body-type has been admired, if we do not conform to today's ideal, we should take comfort in knowing that we were, or will be, proclaimed the paradigm of perfection at another time.
1. October 26, 2016 From prehistoric voluptuous Venus of Willendorf, to Greek gods, Lady Godiva, and Henry VIII: Bodies minimized and maximized with corsets and codpieces.
2. November 2, 2016 From Michelangelo's muscled men to Rubens's ample anatomy, Ingres's Odalisque, and Picasso's fragmented figures: Anatomical accuracy and artificial enhancement.
Spring 2017, 4 lectures, Wednesday, 12:15-1:15pm
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: INSIDE THE HOUSES OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTS
Where did these geniuses actually live and work? Sneak a peek into the private homes (and personal lives) of famous painters, sculptors, and architects. Dr. Benton compares their environments to their masterpieces. Did the artists' homes, including the surrounding gardens, neighborhoods, and countryside, influence their art?
1. February 8, 2017 Italy: Fra Angelico at San Marco monastery in Florence, Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci and the Clos Lucé in Amboise, Raphael in Urbino, Giorgio Vasari in Arezzo
2. February 15, 2017 Northern Europe: Albrecht Dürer in Nuremberg, Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp, Rembrandt in Amsterdam
3. February 22, 2017 France: Claude Monet in Giverny, Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Les Collettes in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Auguste Rodin at the Villa des Brillants in Meudon, Vincent van Gogh in Arles, St-Rémy, and Auvers
4. March 1, 2017 North America: Frida Kahlo at the Blue House in Mexico City, Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú in New Mexico, Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East and West in Wisconsin and Arizona, Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut
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The conversation continues: Each lecture is followed by a luncheon, hosted by Dr. Benton.The menu is based on foods related to the lecture.
All-day seminar, Saturday, February 6, 2016. Resident Associates
1. Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer: Les Collettes, the Impressionist painter Renoir’s home, studio, and garden, was located in this waterside town just outside of Nice. Here, even when crippled by arthritis, Renoir continued to paint joyous pictures.
2. Vincent van Gogh in Arles and St. Remy: Although Dutch by birth, the Post-Impressionist painter van Gogh found inspiration in the vibrant light in Arles. It was here that he painted his celebrated canvases including Bedroom in Arles and The Night Café. During his stay in the clinic at St-Remy-de-Provence he painted Starry Night.
3. Henri Matisse in Nice: Known for his colorful patterns, called a Fauve (wild beast) and an Expressionist, Matisse lived on the French Riviera near Nice, an area that he captured in many of his landscape paintings.
4. Marc Chagall and the Colors of St-Paul-de-Vence; Themes of love and brilliant color dominate the joyous paintings of Chagall, who lived in St-Paul-de-Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, for 20 years.
As the Smithsonian Expert on the following trips, I present several formal lectures on each, as well as many informal talks.
1. Smithsonian Journeys trip: “Waterways of France: A Cruise from Provence to Normandy," May 29-June 9, 2016. For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/france-waterways/
2. Regent Seven Seas cruise: Monte Carlo to Barcelona, July 5-13 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/NAV160705/summary/default.aspx
3. Regent Seven Seas cruise: London to London, August 14-24, 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/VOY160814/summary/default.aspx
1. Smithsonian Journeys trip: "Essence of London," July 12-20 2017
2. Smithsonian Journeys trip: "Saint Petersburg and the Baltics," August 15-28, 2017. For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/stpetersburg-baltics/itinerary/
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia,
"The Museum as Cultural Magnet: Enhanced Experience, Increased Attendance," Museum of the XXI Century: New Educational Paradigms. Third International Roundtable, November 2015.
Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2012-13, as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Art History, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Benton presents subscription lecture series at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC, and subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art every season 1988-2011, and has also lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She is a lecturer on Smithsonian and Metropolitan Museum of Art trips throughout the world. A former resident of Paris, she taught courses in art history there as the Art Historian at the American Embassy.
The author of eight books, her latest, HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014), is published in paperback and as an E-book. ARTS AND CULTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson/Prentice Hall, two volumes and combined volume, fourth edition, 2012) is also published in Chinese (2011). MATERIALS, METHODS, AND MASTERPIECES OF MEDIEVAL ART (Praeger Series on the Middle Ages, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009) is available in hardcover and as an E-book. MEDIEVAL MISCHIEF: WIT AND HUMOUR IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (The History Press, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004) studies an engaging aspect of medieval art. ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Thames & Hudson, London, 2002) is published in the acclaimed World of Art series. HOLY TERRORS: GARGOYLES ON MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS (Abbeville Press, NY, 1997) is also published in French as SAINTES TERREURS: LES GARGOUILLES DANS L'ARCHITECTURE MÉDIÉVALE (2000). Dr. Benton was the guest curator and catalog author for the 1995 exhibition MEDIEVAL MONSTERS: DRAGONS AND FANTASTIC CREATURES at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Her book, THE MEDIEVAL MENAGERIE: ANIMALS IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Abbeville Press, NY, 1992), a Book of the Month Club selection, is also published in French as BESTIAIRE MÉDIÉVAL: LES ANIMAUX DANS L'ART DU MOYEN AGE (1992). Articles by Dr. Benton appear in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HUMOR STUDIES, Sage Reference, Los Angeles, CA, 2014; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition catalog, SET IN STONE: THE FACE IN MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE, 2007; as well as in scholarly journals including Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Poitiers, 1998; Arte Medievale, Rome, 1993; Artibus et Historiae, Vienna, 1989; and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 1985.
Dr. Benton was educated at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, MDP diploma; earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Brown University; Master of Arts degree in Art History from George Washington University; and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University.