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Salke Contemporary Art Study Group

Salke Contemporary Art 2019

The 2019 Salke Contemporary Art Study Group curriculum will include a series of four lectures to be followed by private lunches and discussion sessions with each speaker. This year we are pleased to be able to bring to you the following outstanding presenters and experts in their fields:

Friday, January 11, 2019
Welcome to Wonder: Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum
Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, Founder, Director, and Principal Curator
Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum
This presentation addresses the inspiration behind the world's first museums, her own (called by CNN News and many others, "One of the most fantastic museums anywhere"), and the capacity of all of us addicted to learning to resonate with visionary thought and deed.

Friday, February 8, 2019
An Art Biennial in Fly-Over Country
Adam Johnson, Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas, Missouri

In August of 2018, Kansas City, Missouri, will host Open Spaces, an inaugural two-month, city-wide arts celebration culminating in a weekend festival. The event will meld two related visions: a major biennial exhibition supported by local philanthropists, and an arts festival championed by the mayor and city leaders. Under the artistic direction of Dan Cameron, curator of Prospect New Orleans and other large-scale civic arts projects, Open Spaces will feature performances as well as new works by visual artists including Nick Cave, Alexandre Arrechea, Jennifer Steinkamp and Nari Ward. This lecture will chronicle the processes and products of this new initiative and explore how a city in fly-over country attempts to elevate contemporary art as an international attraction, as well as an economic driver toward innovation and revitalization.

Friday, March 8, 2019
The Enduring Influence of Dr. Albert C. Barnes
Thom Collins, Executive Director and President
The Barnes Foundation
This lecture will discuss one of Philadelphia’s most famous and controversial collectors, Dr. Albert C. Barnes. Collins will describe Dr. Barnes’s vision and explain the foundation’s mission in light of the intellectual history by which they were shaped. Particular attention will be paid to the origins of Dr. Barnes’s commitments to progressive education about and through the visual arts and to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Friday, April 5, 2019
Musicality and Modern Aesthetics
Dr. Caroline Harris, Director
Princeton University Art Museum, Education Department
In the nineteenth century, avant-garde artists such as Delacroix, Gauguin, and Van Gogh consistently described their painting practice in terms of music, suggesting that line, shape, color, and brushwork could be expressive in themselves like the abstract elements of music. This lecture will consider this notion of “musicality” within the broader framework of Western European concepts of music, painting, and aesthetics with an emphasis on Romanticism and Symbolism.

PAFA buildingAt the conclusion of each of the formal lectures at 12:30 PM, members of the Salke Contemporary Art Study Group will have an opportunity to enjoy a private lunch with each of our speakers. These lunches and discussion sessions to follow will permit the free and open exchange of questions, ideas and observations among study group members and the lecturers. The four lectures and lunches, which will be held at 1010 Fifth Avenue South in Naples, are offered for a registration rate of $235 per person. We are limiting membership in the Salke Contemporary Art Study Group so please register early! Last year we did quickly sell out our memberships! While the four lectures will be open to the public, only members of the Salke Contemporary Art Study Group will be able to enjoy the private lunches and discussion sessions which follow.

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