Visual Arts Lecture Series
The offerings this year will be lectures on:
Africa 54: Contemporary African Art, by Ingrid Wood; (Focuses on the tremendous surge of interest in contemporary African Art which is now being sought after in museums and auction houses around the world. The talk explores works in various mediums, and from different artists which may both shock and surprise.)
Ingrid Wood is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum. She comes from South Africa. She studied art in Europe and is an interior designer by profession. She is married to an Englishman and came to the US on her honeymoon and never left. She became a citizen 2 years ago. Her interests are English silver, art, and playing with computers. January 23, 2019
Hudson River School by Kathryn Heffernan; (The Hudson River School of landscape painting marked the beginning of "American" art, because it was the first art movement origtinating in the United States. Starting in 1825, it was the most popular form of art in America for nearly 50 years and played a significant part in helping to e4stablish our national identity.)
Kathryn Heffernan originally hails from upstate New York but has lived in Scottsdale for the past 38 years. She joined the Phoenix Art Museum's docent program in 2010 after retiring from a 40-year career as a civil engineer specializing in traffic and transportation studies. January 30, 2019
A Slice of Schiaparelli by Sara Matlin; (This talk explores the fantastic work of fashion designer and surrealist artist Elsa Schiaparelli, who shocked the world with her fashion inventions and witty designs).
Sara Matlin is a native to the Valley. She is passionate about building community through food and supporting local businesses. Every Saturday, you can find her running the downtown Phoenix Public Market Farmer's Market. When she's not busy coordinating food trucks or taking farm tours, she's quietly perusing the galleries of the Phoenix Art Museum. Drawing inspiration from the arts, design, and her love for textiles, Sara is always hunting for unique fabrics for sewing projects in her spare time. February 6, 2019
Notre Dame Revisited: Storytelling Through Art in Medieval Churches by Cathie Rubins; (This talk examines medieval architecture, painting, sculpture, manuscript illumination and stained glass. Beginning in the early middle ages, the Church used art and architecture to tell stories to an audience that was frequently illiterate. Patrons and artists used images to promote the messages of the Old and New Testamenbts to Jewish and Christian audiences alike. We begin and end a Notre Dame Cathedral de Paris, and in between look at the work of the painter, Giotto, in Italy, anonymous monks in Ireland, and other Gothic cathedrals.)
Cathie Rubins is a member of the Phoenix ARt Miseums docent clas of 2009, and she has been an AZ resident since 1997. Her main area of interest in art if the medieval period. Her hobbies include camping biking, cooking and keeping up with her 8 grandchildren. February 13, 2019
Turner, Painter of Light by Bunny Gordon;(James Mallord Turner was one of England's most famous artists in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Although considered having a peculiar or quirky personality, he was a successful artist. Water, light, and the landscapes he encountered captured Turner's heart and he painted these sights in watercolor and oil. Turner is known for making his paintings shimmer and glow with light.)
Bunny Gordon, after owning and operating her own business for 25 years, retired in 2000 and made a plan for a 2nd career. One of her favorite classes at university was Art History, so she became a docent in 2007. Most of her energy is spent touring the Renaissance, Impressionism and Western art. February 20, 2019.
Global Influence of Chinese Porcelain by Pati Anderson; (The history and influence of Chinese blue and white porcelain across time and cultures: How and where it was first produced; the difference between the various ceramics; and the process of making porcelain. She also explores Europe's love affair with blue and white porcelain and the struggle to reproduce the secret Chinese recipe. She also convers the ongoing influence of blue and white porcelain on contemporary artists.)
Pati Anderson has a varied background. The began her work life in aviation, first as a flight instructor and charter pilot during the 1970's and then as an air traffic controller in the 80's and 90's. She then went back to school for her master's degree in counseling and worked as a licensed professional counselor for 15 years. She is a registered yoga teacher. She now volunteers as a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, and practices yoga to her heart's content. February 27, 2019.
Jackson Pollock: Trying to Understand Pollock and his history in Arizona by Perrin McEwan; (One of the most influential American artists of the last century, he is also one of the most misunderstood, even 60 years after his death. A key to his upbringing in Phoenix lies with the exposure to early American native art, the state's topographyt, and his highly unusual upbringing here.
Perrin McEwan hails from New York originally and moved to Scottsdale 19 years ago. In his capacity as a representative of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), he has taught contemporary art to groups and classes of all ages, and is a frequent lecturer on new show and artists for the public as well as a nine year member of officer of their Docent Association. He and his wife are both enthusiastic collectors of modern art and are long-time members of SMoCA. March 6, 2019.