VISIONARIES ART HISTORY LECTURE SERIES
March 25 – April 29 (6 sessions) Mondays, 1–3 pm
Time and Location
Mar 25, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
OCMA | The Orange County Museum of Art, 1661 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, USA
About The Event
The Spring 2019 lecture series will examine a tangle of artistic developments that took place in Europe during the last third of the 19th century. We will begin our journey in Paris, the birthplace of Modern art, as we investigate the array of reasons that led the artists to shift their focus from copying to reconfiguring nature. Other key European locales –London, Oslo, Brussels, Vienna and St. Petersburg – will provide a broader picture of how historical and political uncertainty at the end of the 19th century was channeled into unique and burgeoning art scenes (a situation unlike the one the art world found itself at the end of the 20th century). We will consider regional and national variations of such movements as Impressionism, Neo- and Post-Impressionism Symbolism, focusing on the rise of individualistic tendencies that eventually led to today’s stylistic and ideological pluralism. The acceptance of social practice performances alongside blue chip abstraction in contemporary art is a testament that pluralism is here to stay.
Julia Friedman is an independent art historian, curator and critic. She is a regular contributor to Artforum, The New Criterion, and HuffPost. In 2011, Northwestern University Press published her monograph Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov’s Synthetic Art. Her most recent book project was based on the digital writings of Dave Hickey. She grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University in 2005, and has since researched and taught in the US, UK and Japan.
Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, Dry Season (detail),1967; oil on Masonite; 48 x 48 inches; Gift of Avco Financial Services, Newport Beach, California.
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