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, 2015 Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Realism
2. October 28, 2015 Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and American Impressionism
3. February 17, 2016 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. For information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-louis-comfort-tiffany
4. March 2, 2016 Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and the Mobile: Witty, clever, and inventive, Calder creates a new kind of sculpture that literally moves in space. For information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-alexander-calder
5. March 9, 2016 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. For information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-jackson-pollock
6. March 16, 2016 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. For information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-andy-warhol
6 Wednesdays at 12:15 PM.
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.
Smithsonian Journeys, Washington, DC
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: River Cruise through Provence, May 29-June 9, 2016. For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/france-waterways/
2. Regent Seven Seas cruise: Monte Carlo to Barcelona, July 5-12, 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/NAV160705/summary/default.aspx
3. Regent Seven Seas cruise: Venice to Rome, August 3-12, 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/EXP160803/summary/default.aspx
4. Regent Seven Seas cruise: London to London, August 14-24, 2016. For information: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/VOY160814/summary/default.aspx
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia Conference Paper
"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 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.