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.

December 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Come celebrate “American Scene” painting of the 1930s and 40s with this special book reading and pop-up exhibition, featuring author and art collector Arthur Hittner.

Hittner will read from his recent novel Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse, taking you back to this unique time in American history. In addition, Hittner will lead visitors through a specially-curated pop-up exhibition from UAMA’s founding collection of American art.

About the book: Artist, Lover, Soldier, Muse

Freshly graduated from Yale, Henry J. Kapler parlays his talent, determination, and creative energy into a burgeoning art career under the wing of painters such as Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh. The young artist first gains notoriety when his painting of a symbolic handshake between a young African-American baseball player and his Southern white rival is attacked by a knife-wielding assailant while on display at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.

Yet even as his art star rises, Henry’s personal life turns precarious and perilous when his love for Fiona, a young WPA muralist, collides with his growing attraction to the exquisitely beautiful Alice, an ex-chorus girl who becomes his model and muse. Alice is the girlfriend of Fiona’s cousin, Jake Powell – the hotheaded, hard-drinking outfielder for the New York Yankees whose jealousy explodes into abuse and rage, endangering the lives of all three.

While Henry wrestles with his hopelessly complicated love life, he also struggles mightily to reconcile his pacifism with the rabid patriotism of his Jewish-Russian émigré father.  As war draws near, Henry faces two difficult choices, one of which could cost him his life.

About the Author: Arthur Hittner

A graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard Law School, Arthur Hittner spent 34 years as an attorney with the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP.  Unfulfilled by the literary possibilities of partnership agreements alone, he began work in the early 1990s on a biography of one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  Published in 1996, Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball’s Flying Dutchman won the 1997 Seymour Medal awarded by the Society for American Baseball Research.

Over the next two decades, Hittner wrote or co-wrote three art catalogue articles on American art for national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Antiques & Fine Art, and Maine Antique Digest. He is also author of At the Threshold of Brilliance: The Brief but Splendid Career of Harold J. Rabinovitz – a biography and catalogue raisonné of the life and work of Harold J. Rabinovitz (1915-1944), a talented New York City artist who met his tragic death in World War II at the threshold of a budding art career.  That, in turn, provided the inspiration for Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse – his first published novel.

Married with two children and three grandchildren, Hittner happily divides his time between Oro Valley, Arizona and Natick, Massachusetts.

Finals Survival Week at UAMA

December 3-7, 2018

Take a break from the books by browsing our current exhibitions and attending the events below.

Yoga Nidra | December 4, 1-2 p.m.

Need some mental rejuvenation? Come to UAMA for 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.

Yoga nidra is ideal for students who need the stamina and focus to power through Finals Week.

Snacks! | December 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fuel up before your last final or celebrate the semester’s end by grabbing free snacks in the UAMA lobby!

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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