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

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January 28 – April 29, 2019

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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January 28 | The Dawn of the Renaissance
The early modern period in Europe was a time of great innovation and imagination. In this lecture we will explore the functions of art and patronage and what gave rise to this era of creative energy. In addition, we will see how ideas were transferred and manifested differently throughout the continent. Members will have the exclusive opportunity to see original engravings and woodcuts from UAMA’s permanent collection by Renaissance masters Albrecht Dürer, Hendrik Goltzius and Lucas Cranach.

February 25 | Saints, Sinners & Heroes: An Introduction to Baroque Art
Often characterized by dramatic movement, lighting and subject matter, artwork from the Baroque era can be just as quiet and restrained. This talk will shed light on how the Counter-Reformation movement affected artistic outcomes and how artists incorporated the “dramatic” in different ways. Members will get to experience works by Baroque masters Jusepe de Ribera, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn.

March 25 | The Neoclassical Spirit
In this lecture we will explore the Neoclassical Age, where The French Academy – partially inspired by the rediscovery of the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum – encouraged artists to yet again turn to ancient Rome for intellectual and artistic inspiration. We will have works by Canaletto and Giovanni Batista Piranesi on view for this lecture.

May 6 | The Age of Romanticism
The spring lecture series ends with a talk on the ways that nature – with its extreme power, overwhelming beauty, and ability to instill both fear and awe – inspired artists during the 19th century. In contrast to Enlightenment views on rationality and order, Romanticism focused on the individuality of the artist, imagination, and the combined beauty and terror of the sublime. Members will have the exclusive opportunity to view prints by Francisco Goya, Henry Fuseli and Eugène Delacroix.

April 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Feeling overwhelmed with final projects and exams? We’ll have coffee, snacks and simple art activities all day at UAMA so you can take a break, de-stress and boost your creativity.

From 1:00-3:00 p.m., come paint with College of Fine Arts Ambassadors and take home your own canvas. At 2:30 p.m., join a yoga nidra class guided by Leslie Langbert.

Yoga nidra is an evidence-based method that supports the body’s ability to regenerate, heal and reduce stress. During the practice, the body is relaxed and still while the mind remains alert, guided through a visualization and sensory journey. Space is limited; RSVP here!

Thursday, May 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Join the Museum in celebrating two wonderful exhibitions – Wander Around and F***nism. Wander Around artist Xinyu Zhang and F***nism curator Katie Raymer will give talks on their respective exhibitions. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Xinyu Zhang is inspired by crowds: the kinds of crowds you would encounter in a city square, park, or beach. She reimagines these scenes as abstract landscapes that challenge the viewer to ask: What role do humans have in our increasingly technological world? Wander Around combines hand-painted milling crowd imagery and crisp digital graphic elements to create beautiful and compelling abstract scenes that speak to the relationship between humans and technology.

F***nism is an exhibition that seeks to promote the individual as well as our similarities and differences. Works were selected from the Museum’s collection to portray societal constructs, various bodies and aesthetics, sexuality and gender; to reveal discrimination; to introduce various cultures; and to break down gender roles placed on men and women. Curated by Kornhaber Scholarship recipient Katie Raymer, this exhibition includes artists like Jenny Schmid, Iona Rozeal Brown, Nahum Zenil and Alison Saar. Using more playful pieces, along with very direct and potentially provocative images, the exhibition challenges the viewer’s own belief system.

Images: Xinyu Zhang, Wander Around #4, 2018, Mixed media, Acrylic, and digital on canvas; Xinyu Zhang, Wander Around #5, 2018, Mixed media, Acrylic, and digital on canvas; Jenny Schmid, Burkini Surfer Girl, 2010, Lithograph; Peregrine Honig, Snow, 2006, Lithograph on Arches Cover paper with a Japanese chine collé