Monday, August 1, 2011

GENIUS IN FOCUS: Black Looks

As most of you know, my main art historical concern these days is the imaging of non-Europeans in Western art. My research on Theodore Gericault's Raft of the Medusa and the Abolitionist Movement has opened some really interesting avenues to me, the result of which is Black Looks, a series of talks about six of the most intriguing paintings that feature Africans as their subject. As usual we will place these images historically, politically, socially, psychologically and culturally, and explain how they may have affected the psyches and the opinions of contemporary viewers. And we will discuss the work around the work with examples of Africans in political situations, or as entertainers, as artists and writers, in the sports world and in the work force. Don't miss this course, it's fascinating.
The paintings we will discuss are as follows:
Watson and The Shark, Copley, 1778
C[itizen] Belley,Ex-Representative of the Colonies, Girodet, 1797
Portrait of a Negress, Benoist, 1800
Mlle La La of The Cirque Fernando, Edgar Degas, 1879
The Gulf Stream, Winslow Homer, 1899
Both Members of This Club, George Bellows, 1909

@my studio
6 weeks

Date & Time TBA
E-mail me if you're interested in this course

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