The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

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October 22 – December 17, 2018

UAMA members are invited to attend an exclusive lecture series with Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller.

Lectures will be held on Mondays on the dates below and last from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Each will provide an overview of a major movement in art history and include a special viewing of objects from the Museum’s permanent collection.

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October 22 | The Beginnings: An Introduction to Prehistoric Art
This lecture will examine some of the earliest evidence of human creativity. Made before the invention of writing, these images of animals, humans and abstract designs offer a starting point with which to understand civilizations that came long before ours.

November 26 | The Greco-Roman World: An (Extremely) Abridged Tale
The influence of the Greco-Roman world can still be found in our everyday lives. This condensed lecture will examine the ideals of beauty in the Greco-Roman world and how art served functional, religious and propagandistic purposes. Participants will look at some of the most recognizable works and monuments, as well as explore some of the lesser known – but no less incredible – works of art.

December 17 | The Age of Cathedrals: An Introduction to Romanesque & Gothic Art
For some time, the Dark Ages was a term used to identify the Middle Ages – the era following the end of the Roman Empire. As this lecture will demonstrate, it was not a dark age for artistic production. Far from it, it was a time of incredible innovation that birthed some of the most iconic works of architecture, painting and sculpture.

November 8, 2018

Join the Museum in celebrating the opening of three unique and impressive exhibitions: What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1.; Encountering Death: Our Responses and Reconciliations; and Renaissance Prints from the Permanent Collection: A Selection.

The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and includes introductions to the exhibitions, refreshments and entertainment. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support Museum exhibitions and programs.

5:00 p.m. | Doors Open

5:30 p.m. | Pia Cuneo, UA Professor of Art History, introduces Renaissance Prints.

6:00 p.m. | Grace Liatti, the Edward and Nancy Strauss Intern and curator of Encountering Death, introduces the exhibition.

6:30 p.m. | Frohawk Two Feathers, the alias of artist Umar Rashid, gives a gallery talk on his exhibition What is the color, when black is burned?.

7:30 p.m. | Reception Concludes

November 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Frohawk Two Feathers will speak about his exhibition What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1. – on display at the Museum through March 24, 2019 – at the Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception on November 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Frohawk’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including in Los Angeles, Cape Town, New York, and more. His art is in permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and the 21C Museum.

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November 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to read and decode visual works of art, including works from the Fall exhibition What is the color, when black is burned?  The Gold War. Part 1 by Frohawk Two Feathers. Dr. Tani Sanchez – UA Professor of Africana Studies – lectures on Black history, racial representations in film, and on African American family history and genealogy. She has a doctorate in Comparative Cultural and Literary studies and a master’s degree in visual culture/art history.

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December 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Take a break from cramming for finals and stop by the Museum to refuel with free coffee and pastries. Exercise your brain with coloring books, puzzles, back massages, and mindfulness meditation.

December 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Russell Toomey is a University of Arizona Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development. He is also the Chair of the Youth Development and Resilience research initiative of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. Toomey received his PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona and completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention Research Center and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He studies the processes by which youth with marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in an oppressive society.

Toomey’s focus is on health outcomes among youth who identify or express oppressed sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, and ethnicities – and the intersections among these identities. His research identifies ways to support identity formation, school and family resources, and coping mechanisms that contribute to health, wellbeing, and educational outcomes. At the University of Arizona, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on adolescent development, human sexuality, and advanced graduate-level applied statistics, and has mentored over a dozen undergraduate and graduate students.

The talk comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

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