How does a work of art attain iconic status? This year’s art history lecture series will tackle this question via an up-close look at five icons of world art, from the ancient world to the 20th century. We will delve into these works and the circumstances that produced them, exploring questions such as should the British Museum return the Parthenon marbles to Athens? Did the Night Watch really sink Rembrandt’s career? And what might constitute the Great American Picture?
Ms. Albiani graduated with highest honors in Italian and Art History from UC Berkeley. For the last 15 years or so she given the monthly Art History Lecture Series at the Frye Art Museum, where her topics have ranged from ancient Egypt to Pop Art.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch – October 9
Picasso’s Guernica – November 13
The Parthenon – January 8
Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans – February 12
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cow’s Skull: Red, White and Blue – March 12
All lectures are held on Tuesdays at 11:30am
Single tickets $16 – $24
When we think of Pop Art, we think of Warhol’s Cambpell’s soup cans. We will see how deliberately Warhol set out to create an icon, and we will examine why so many Pop artists were borrowing from the supermarket shelves and other feminine realms for some of their best known imagery.
O’Keeffe painted Cow’s Skull in 1931, two years after her first extended trip to New Mexico (a personal landmark in her career). At a time when writers like Fitzgerald and Dos Passos were attempting to write the Great American Novel, Cow’s Skull may represent her ambition to paint the “great American picture.”