Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY:
GREAT AMERICAN MASTERS
The United States has produced some of the world's most creative, innovative painters, decorators, sculptors, and architects. In these richly-illustrated lectures, Dr. Benton takes an in-depth look at the life and work of six Great American Masters who display widely varying aesthetic styles and artistic philosophies. Beginning with the factual Realism of Homer and the sophisticated Impressionism of Cassatt, continuing to the brilliant colors and patterns of Tiffany, the unique mobiles of Calder, and the free Abstraction of Pollock, this lecture series concludes with Warhol who defined art as "...what you can get away with."
1. October 21 Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Realism: Life in America is visually documented by Homer in paintings of boating scenes and the Civil War.
2. October 28 Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and American Impressionism: Determined to be an artist, feisty Cassatt moved to Paris, befriended the French Impressionists, and focused on portraits of women and children.
3. February 17 Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and stained glass: Vividly colored windows and functional home furnishings--especially lamps and vases--become Fine Art in Tiffany's studio.
4. March 2 Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and the Mobile: Witty, clever, and inventive, Calder creates a new kind of sculpture that literally moves in space.
5. March 9 Jackson Pollock (1912-56) and Abstract Expressionism: Dripping and splattering paint onto huge canvases unrolled on the floor, Pollock's non-figurative art may be interpreted differently by each of us.
6. March 16 Andy Warhol (1928-87) and Pop Art: The "king of pop," Warhol uses commercial printing techniques to produce multiple images of popular everyday items including the iconic Campbell's soup cans.
6 Wednesdays at 12:15 PM.
The conversation continues: Each lecture is followed by a luncheon, hosted by Dr. Benton, at which the menu is based on foods from the country just discussed.
Smithsonian Journeys, Washington, DC
As the Smithsonian Expert on the following trips, I present several formal lectures on each, as well as informal talks.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY, April 25 - May 11, 2015,
PARIS: CITY OF LIGHT, May 26 - June 6, 2015,
SOUTHERN FRANCE: FROM THE PYRÉNÉES TO PROVENCE AND THE CÔTE D'AZUR, September 28-October 12, 2015, land trip: Toulouse; Sorèze; Albi; Carcassonne; Perpignan; Figueres (Spain); Collioure; Canal du Midi; Avignon; Pont du Gard; Arles; Saint-Remy-de-Provence; Aix; Roussillon; Saint-Paul-de-Vence; Maeght Foundation, Monte Carlo.
Lecturer on Smithsonian Institution trips, 2016
2. Regent Seven Seas cruise: Istanbul to Venice, July 25-August 6, 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/NAV160725/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
4. Regent Seven Seas cruise: Monte Carlo to Athens, October 4-12, 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/EXP161004/summary/default.aspx
Guest Lectures and Conference Paper:
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION PROJECT: FOSTERING TIES BETWEEN FUTURE MUSEUM CURATORS IN THE U.S. AND RUSSIA, The Museum and Museum Specialists: Problems of Professional Education Conference, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, November 14-15, 2014
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Graduate School of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, August, 2012 - January, 2013
Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History and University Director of Scholarly Initiatives at Pace University, NY. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2012-13, as Visiting Professor at the graduate school of Art History, European University, St. 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.
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