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Salke Contemporary Art Study Group

Salke Contemporary Art 2018

The 2018 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 26, 2018
Painting Architecture
Dr. Matthew Palczynski, Independent Art History Consultant, Lecturer and Curator
This presentation explores one of the major themes within modernist art, that of the blurred boundaries between painting and architecture. Matisse, Mondrian, Rothko, Pollack and many other modern masters are considered, while we investigate what happens when paintings and architecture space merge.

Friday, February 16, 2018
American Crossroads: Rural Life Meets Modern Art
Amanda C. Burdan, Associate Curator,
Brandywine River Museum of Art
The full scope of American modernism reflects the undeniable impact that rural America had on the expansion and embrace of modernism in this country. Treatments of Coastal New England, small-town Pennsylvania, Midwestern Farms and other regions of the country illustrate the translation, spread and growth of the American version of Modernism. We will examine, as well, how rural identity persists in the work of artists of the contemporary period.

Friday, March 16, 2018
Givens: Robert Gover, Jeff Wall, Hannah Wilke and the Regenerative Legacy of Marcel Duchamp’s Etant donnés
Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education,
VA Museum of Fine Art
This lecture will address the critical and artistic reception of Marcel Duchamp’s enigmatic final masterpiece, Etant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’élairage…, of 1946-66. This environmental assemblage, which has been on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1969, has been described by Jasper Johns as “the strangest work of art in any museum.” We will challenge the current notion of presentism as inherently flawed. Seen through the eyes of later artists, the work both captures and regenerates the dynamic forces of Duchamp’s subversive assemblage.

Friday, April 6, 2018
Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World
Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of contemporary Art,
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Rina Banejeree is known for her fanciful sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world. She is a voracious gatherer of objects – in a single sculpture one can find African tribal jewelry, colorful feathers, light bulbs, Murano glass, and South Asian antiques. While the visuals of Banejeree’s childhood in India greatly influence her aesthetic, her immigration to the U. S. as a young child and her love of her current home, New York City, form the core of her practice. We will focus on the way her work reflects the splintered experience of identity, tradition and culture.

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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