Schimmel Center for the Arts, NY, NY:
ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES LECTURE SERIES: ITALY, FRANCE, ENGLAND, AND CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS, February 2015
Each of the first three lectures focuses on the architecture of a single major European country, examining its architectural accomplishments from antiquity onward, in a basically chronological sequence. The fourth lecture responds to the global nature of recent architecture that crosses all geographic boundaries.
February 4 Italy: Ancient Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome; Byzantine San Vitale in Ravenna; Romanesque “Leaning Tower” of Pisa; the Duomo of Florence; Baroque Saint Peter’s in Rome: Italian engineering ingenuity
February 11 France: Medieval churches of Vézelay and Notre-Dame-de-Paris; island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; Renaissance châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau; Baroque palace of Versailles and Louis XIV: refined French elegance
February 18 England: Prehistoric Stonehenge; Romanesque Barfreston; Gothic Wells Cathedral and chapel of Henry VII; Henry VIII and Hampton Court; Sir Christopher Wren and Baroque Saint Paul’s; Neo-Classical Chiswick House; “The Gherkin”: English restraint and eccentricity
February 25 Extreme Architecture: Contemporary Global Accomplishments and Innovations. Frank Ghery’s Gugghenheim Museum, Bilboa; Xing Tonghe’s Shanghai Museum; Paul Andreu’s “Egg” in Beijing; Rem Koolhaas’s House of Music in Porto; Burg Khalifa in Dubai, takes the title of tallest building: world-wide quest for architectural novelty
4 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.
For Information: http://schimmel.pace.edu/events/architectural-masterpieces-italy
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.:
FRANCE'S FASCINATING ART: FROM THE MEDIEVAL CATHEDRALS TO POST-IMPRESSIONISM, all-day seminar, Saturday, March 28, 2015
France is unequaled for her range of artistic styles and accomplishments--always with unparalleled French elegance and sophistication. Journey vicariously as these lectures examine the highlights of architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts in France, from the late Middle Ages through Post-Impressionism, concluding atop the Eiffel Tower.
1. Middle Ages: Romanesque building methods, monsters, and moral instruction at Toulouse, Tournus, Vézelay, and Mont St-Michel. Soaring Gothic cathedrals and sparkling stained glass at Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Chartres, the Sainte-Chapelle, and Beauvais, too skeletal to avoid collapse.
2. Renaissance and Baroque: Join French Renaissance royalty and enjoy life in the splendid châteaux and gardens of the Loire Valley at Chambord and Chenonceau. Dramatic Baroque paintings by Georges de la Tour and Nicholas Poussin. Visit with Louis XIV at the palace of Versailles.
3. Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism: The pendulum swung from light Rococo pastel fluff, to austere severe Neoclassicism, to Romantic escapes, and finally to everyday genre in Realist scenes. Boucher, David, Géricault, and Manet.
4. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Impressionists painted in terms of light and atmospheric conditions, whereas the Post-Impressionists used color to express emotion and to analyze pictorial structure. Monet, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Seurat.
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, land trip: Naples; Amalfi coast cruise; mountaintop Ravello; ancient Pompeii; Sorrento; Montecassino Abbey; Rome: Colosseum, Borghese Gallery, St. Peter's, Sistine Chapel; medieval Orvieto; San Francesco in Assisi; Deruta majolica; Perugia; medieval Siena; Florence: Michelangelo's David, Brunelleschi's dome of the duomo; San Gimignano's towers; Venice.
For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/italy/
For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/paris-stay/
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.
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Graduate School of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, August, 2012 - January, 2013
Guest Lectures and Conference Papers:
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
HOLY TERRORS: GARGOYLES ON MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS, Medieval Myths and Monsters Lecture Series,University of New Mexico, Institute for Medieval Studies, Albuquerque, NM, Spring 2013
MEDIEVAL MISCHIEF: WIT AND HUMOR IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Fall 2012
EXTREME ARCHITECTURE: GLOBAL AMBITIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Fall 2012
MEDIEVAL BESTIARIES: SIMILARITY AND DISPARITY OF TEXT AND ILLUMINATION, Word and Image Conference, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Fall 2012: Click here for Conference Images
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.