Date - November 17, 2017
1:30 pm until 2:30 pm
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut, 06511
AMERICAN VIEWS, VIEWPOINTS AND MANIPULATIONS: SIX LECTURES BY JOHN WALSH
From the website: artgallery.yale.edu
Over the last several years, the Gallery has organized a number of semester-long lecture series in collaboration with John Walsh, B.A.1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Focused on close-looking and important paintings on view at the Gallery, lectures have ranged from narrative painting throughout history to Dutch art.
A number of paintings on view in the Yale University Art Gallery’s newly reinstalled American paintings and sculpture galleries are apt to incite curiosity about the artists’ chosen subjects. What was special about a particular view? What did the painter actually see, and from what viewpoint? While credible-looking paintings, particularly landscapes, are often assumed to be accurate, the artist has frequently manipulated observable reality for effect by exaggerating, rearranging, interpolating, or inventing. In each lecture in this series, John Walsh selects an American painting in the Gallery’s collection and examines the similarities and differences between depiction and reality, returning to the painter’s original vantage point in an attempt to work out just what happened when he returned to the studio.
Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.
Note: All lectures are held in the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Lecture Hall. Seating is limited. Doors open one hour prior to each lecture.
ALBERT BIERSTADT FOLLOWS THE SUN
Friday, November 17, 1:30 PM
Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) rivaled Frederic Church as the foremost painter of landscape spectacles in the mid- to late 19th century. Bierstadt’s views of the Rocky Mountains and the Yosemite Valley defined the West for Americans who would never otherwise have seen it. His Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail of about 1873 depicts wildness and grandeur, but it was also composed to make a statement about possession and tourism. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.
Kindly RSVP to Laura by Wednesday, November 15th.
Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT