Past Meetings Here are details of our past meetings, to give you an idea of the variety and scope of the lectures.  Also members might like to use the links to find out more. 22 November 2017 Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Paintings Chloe Sayer BA (Hons.) Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have iconic status in Mexico. Rivera's intricate visual narratives, rich with allegory and symbolism, adorn the walls of public buildings. Inspired by Aztec and Maya imagery, and by early Italian fresco painting, his vast murals combine social criticism with faith in human progress. Kahlo's work, unlike Rivera's, is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter, she made herself the principal theme of her art. Her paintings reflect her experiences and dreams. This lecture surveys the work of both artists; it chronicles their turbulent marriage and Mexico's history after the 1910 Revolution. Nude with Calla Lilies (Rivera)                                                                                      Self Portrait (Kahlo) Background on Rivera Background on Kahlo 25 October 2017 Hidden Canvases - Street Art and the City Doug Gillen BA (Hons.) Doug Gillen’s YouTube, blog and TV channel can be accessed here. His ‘Restoring Banksie’ video is well worth seeing, click here to see it. Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations. Stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art. Video projection, yarn bombing and Lock On sculpture became popularised at the turn of the 21st century. The terms "urban art", "guerrilla art", "post-graffiti" and "neo- graffiti" are also sometimes used when referring to artwork created in these contexts.  Traditional spray-painted graffiti artwork itself is often included in this category, excluding territorial graffiti or pure vandalism. Right: More than three meters above east London's Sclater Street is a mural of sprinter Usain Bolt, captured in explosive color by artist James Cochran.  The street artwork, more than four meters high and six meters wide, is a dramatic sight, designed by Cochran to celebrate London's Olympic Games. Background of Street Art Street Art’ exhibition at Tate Modern 2008 The Story Behind Banksy Wheatpaste art posters September 27th 2017 & AGM  (this is the last lecture in the membership year 2016/17) Sarah Dunant The Most Infamous Family in History: The Borgias Murder, poison, corruption and incest: all perfect ingredients for sensational popular culture. But in an age known for its brutality and church corruption were the Borgias really so bad? This lecture reveals the real family that dominated the Papacy and Italian politics during the last decade of the 15th century: the charismatic figure of Pope Alexander VI, living inside his sumptuously decorated apartments, the career of his son, Cesare, cardinal, general, employer of Da Vinci and the model for Machiavelli’s The Prince, and the journey of Lucrezia Borgia from “the greatest whore in Rome” to a devout and treasured duchess of the city Ferrara. Sometimes truth is more intoxicating than myth. Painting by John Collier, "A glass of wine with Caesar Borgia", from left: Cesare Borgia, Lucrezia, Pope Alexander, and a young man holding an empty glass. The House of Borgia Family History of the Borgias The Art & Historic Houses of East Sussex & Kent   BUS FULL NOW 3 days from £315  Departing 11th September 2017 Visiting - Polesden Lacey Berwick Church Farley Farm House Great Dixter House & Gardens Charleston House Knole House & Deer Park Right: Photo taken on the trip to the coast. Click here for Polesden Lacey web site (NT) Click here for Berwick Church Murals Click here for Farley Farm & Lee Miller web site. Click here for Great Dixter House Click here for Charleston House Click here for Knole House (NT) Click here to see some photographs from the trip.   June 28th 2017 Dr. Rosamund Bartlett  The Psychology of a City - The Architecture of St. Petersburg Arriving in St. Petersburg in pre-revolutionary times was always a thrilling experience. Imagine stepping off the train and into a troika which would transport you noiselessly over the snow down impossibly wide, long streets - past spacious squares and enormous classical buildings, past imperial ministries, embassies, and imposing cathedrals with gilded domes – all the way, if you were lucky, to your opulent mansion on the embankment of the River Neva. The city’s dignity and grandeur were everywhere apparent. St. Petersburg has some of the most beautiful facades of any city in the world. But what went on behind those facades during imperial times? Peter the Great had before him a vast tabula rasa when planning his future capital at the beginning of the 18th century. The city he built was truly sumptuous – but it came at a price. This lecture tells the story of the buildings of St. Petersburg, but also the life that went on inside the buildings,. Background on the history of St Petersburg/Petrograd/Leingrad Information for visitors National Memorial Arboretum bus trip on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 This visit to the newly developed 150 acre site in Staffordshire is primarily planned to study the moving sculptural monuments, designed as a lasting tribute to those who have served their country. Rich in design and symbolism and conceived by eminent sculptors, they are sympathetic to the lush gardens they inhabit. The iconic Armed Forces Memorial, consisting of a Portland stone structure containing two large bronze groups of figures sculpted by Ian Park-Broadley, is an especially moving highlight. The cost of the day will be: Members £29.00 / Guests £31.00 (The price includes tea/coffee on arrival.) Guests are welcome; places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis Click here to see their web site Click here for further information and a booking form. May 31st 2017 Antony Penrose Lee Miller - model, muse, photographer……… For the past 30 years has conserved and disseminated the work of his parents, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He is the director of The Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection at Farley Farm House in Sussex and has seen his parents' work featured in major exhibitions at the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Whitworth. He has lectured at museums and universities around the world, and made documentaries for television. Publications include The Lives of Lee Miller, Lee Miller's War (editor), The Angel and the Fiend, The Home of the Surrealists, Roland Penrose the Friendly Surrealist and The Boy Who Bit Picasso. Lee Miller in Hitler's bath after GIs entered his Munich apartment in 1945 (DAVID E SCHERMAN) The Lee Miller web site Farley Farm House web site March 29th 2017 Mrs. Sue Jackson The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields from Riches to Rags Welcomed at first with open arms and bringing luxury skills, the Huguenots’ fortunes fluctuated wildly. I talk about their early 18th- century houses that still stand, how they were decorated and lived in. I discuss the fashionable patterned silk dresses – who designed and made them. And how, finally the trade died out, with some weavers literally dying in poverty at their looms. One of the weavers’ houses can still be visited today. BBC article on the Silk Weavers History of Spitalfields February 22nd 2017 Angela Smith The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Goya, A Social and Political Critic The subject of this lecture is Francisco Goya, a Spanish artist who began his career as a painter of religious imagery and a designer of tapestries. He was a friend of many of the enlightened thinkers in late 18th century Spain known as the ilustrados and like them, he had much to say about the times in which he lived. Goya’s prints in particular proved a useful tool for his reflections on the pain and suffering generated during the French occupation of Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. In this lecture we survey Goya’s career and focus on the way in which the artist used his art as a vehicle of commentary on human behaviour. Right:  Goya’s friend Sebastián Martínez y Pérez (1792) Goya and the Enlightenment Goya’s political development January 25th 2017 Dr Michael O'Brien The Mythology of Hindu Sculpture An account of the principal deities of the Hindu pantheon, their common manifestations and some of the associated legends, as depicted in temple sculpture, mostly from South India, but with some examples from Central India and South East Asia. Right: Figure of Shiva, as Lord of the Dance, thought to have been looted from a temple in India and purchased in 2008 from a New York dealer by the National Gallery of Australia for £3m.  The 900-year-old bronze statue of Nataraj is considered a superb example of bronze casting from the Chola period in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, it is now being returned to India. More about Hindu Temples Information on how the temple fits into the religion Click here for more information on the deities  Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training
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