Janetta Rebold Benton, Ph.D. 

  • Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY: 
    Great American Masters Lecture Series, See Below.
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  all-day seminar, Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Smithsonian Journeys, Washington, DC: Study Leader on three trips in 2015; four trips in 2016, See Below.

  • Book: HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni, co-author),  Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, Graduate School of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, August 2012 - January 2013.

Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY:

With Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History, Pace University

2015-16 season at the Schimmel Center

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.   For information:

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.   For information: http://schimmelcenter.org/events/great-american-masters-mary-cassatt

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.  For information:  http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-louis-comfort-tiffany

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.  For information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-alexander-calder

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.  For information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/great-american-masters-jackson-pollock

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.  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, 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, 
For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/italy/

PARIS: CITY OF LIGHT, May 26 - June 6, 2015, 
For information:

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.
For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/southern-france/

Lecturer on Smithsonian Institution trips, 2016
1. Smithsonian Journeys land trip: River Cruise through Provence, May 29-June 9, 2016. 
For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/france-waterways/

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://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 MuseumSaint Petersburg, Russia, November 14-15, 2014

Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Graduate School of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, August, 2012 - January, 2013

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the art created in the United States, beginning with a brief look at very early cultures and then examining American architecture, sculpture, and painting in chronological sequence. Included are the unique Native American arts, Shaker architecture, and the competition for the title of "tallest building in the world" waged by the skyscrapers of New York City. Focusing on the art of the 20th and early 21st century, innovative styles, including Color Field Painting, Action Painting, Pop Art, Op Art, Psychedelic Art, Postmodernism, Feminism, Street Art, Installation Art, and the ways in which art and science have recently united are considered. Special attention is given to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the sculpture of Alexander Calder, and the painting of Georgia O'Keeffe.

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.

Email: JBenton@pace.edu

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