Art historian Rebecca Albiani speaks about a recent gift of 48 works by Calder, one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, is currently on view at SAM. From […]
November 19, 2023: 2pm
Speaker: Rebecca Albiani
Art History Talk: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji include some of the most iconic images ever made, including the most famous work of Japanese art, The Great Wave. Whether the prolific artist was making color woodblock prints, book illustrations, or drawing manuals, his work was rich in humor and natural beauty. Come to the talk before you see the exhibit – running now at Seattle Art Museum through January 21, 2024.
A recent gift of 48 works by Alexander Calder, one of the most important sculptors of the 20th Century, is currently on view at SAM. From delicate wire assemblages to his famous mobiles to monumental stabiles, Calder’s work constantly explored new avenues, bringing motion and drama to modern sculpture. Come to the talk before you see the exhibit – running now at Seattle Art Museum through August 4, 2024.
Both assemblage artist El Anatsui and painter Atta Kwami draw on the textile traditions of their native Ghana in different ways. Anatsui sews together metal seals from liquor bottles to create powerful fabric-like friezes, while Kwami uses the strip weaving aesthetic as an inspiration for his colorful geometric abstractions.
In 1988, the Guerilla Girls listed “Knowing your career might pick up after you’re eighty” as one of their satirical “Advantages to Being a Woman Artist.” Thirty-six years later, not much has changed. We will look at the careers of some important women artists, such as Alma Thomas, Louise Bourgeois, and Carmen Herrera, who bloomed late in life.
Explore the great musical talents of Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falle, Frederic Mompou and others. Join Michael Tracy and pianist Albert Cano Smit as they provide insights into the social and economic backgrounds of the new Spanish renaissance while exploring the lives of these composers and their interactions with contemporary artists.
Attend this lecture and receive $5 off to attend the April 12th concert featuring pianist Albert Cano Smit
April 21, 2024: 2pm
Speaker: Marcy Summers, Director, Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (“ALTO”)
Maleo Conservation: How a critically endangered avian mascot of Sulawesi, Indonesia, is making a comeback
Of the thousands of endangered wildlife species on our planet, only a tiny fraction are being successfully recovered. In 2006, while Vashon conservation biologist Marcy Summers was living and working in Indonesia, local villagers asked for her help to prevent the extinction of their culturally important and iconic Maleo bird. With poachers, prestige-seekers, courageous kids and forest shamans—plus one very astonishing bird you’ve never heard of—Marcy will tell the tale of how a Vashon-based group has facilitated the spectacular comeback of the world’s 19th highest-priority endangered bird.
Marcy Summers is a 4th generation native of the islands of the Puget Sound. She has a bachelor’s in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and a master’s in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from University of Maine. She is currently working on a PhD at Newcastle University, UK.
Working in 17th century Delft, Vermeer focused on depictions of women in light-drenched interiors and took infinite care with every square inch he painted. Images like “Girl with a Pearl Earring” show how he manipulated color and light to create a captivating sense of perfect beauty. Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque Period painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. He is considered one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age along with Rembrandt. In his lifetime, Vermeer was not well known outside of his hometown, the walled city of Delft. He only achieved widespread fame for his intimate genre scenes—paintings that depict ordinary people and everyday life—and quiet cityscapes in the late 19th century, several hundred years after his death.
How will climate change, population growth, and development affect Puget Sound and the natural resources we care about? Growing human population and changing climate threaten habitats and species, as well as the social and economic systems that depend on them. A major challenge is to understand how future conditions, and our decisions to manage them, will affect the interconnected natural and human systems in our region. In this talk, Tessa will share how a connected terrestrial-freshwater-marine-human system framework is being developed at the University of Washington’s Puget Sound Institute; how it will help us understand the interactive effects of future threats to nature in our region, and evaluate their impacts on ecological, social, and economic benefits that we depend on.
Ann-Charlotte (“Lotta”) Gavel Adams knows A LOT about trolls. She grew up with them – in the forest around her Swedish family’s summer cabin – and in the books she read as a child. But it was not until she started to design a course in Scandinavian Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Washington– some 30 years ago – that she really began to explore and document the history of the trolls. Lotta wants to invite you to follow along on a journey into the world of the trolls in literature, film and art — from around the mid-1800s to the present.
Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams is Emerita Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she taught courses on Nordic literature and culture for 30 years. Her courses placed special emphasis on drama, women writers and children’s literature. She held The Barbro Osher Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies at the University of Washington. She is a member of Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities in Stockholm. Her primary research areas and passions are literature and the arts, which she sees as reflecting the heart and soul of the culture and the societies, in which they were created. She is a Vashon resident since 1995.
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