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Director's Lecture Series 2014–2015, Lecture 1—“Origins of the Modern Temper in Art, 1760–1814”

By Dr. Janne Sirén, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7–8:30 pm

Cathleen Chaffee, Janne Sirén, and Joe Lin-Hill with Clyfford Still’s 1951-E, 1951 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Gift of the artist, 1964).

(Complete series: Tuesdays, September 16, 2014; October 14, 2014; November 11, 2014; February 10, 2015; March 10, 2015; and April 14, 2015, 7–8:30 pm)

7–8 pm, Lecture
8–8:30 pm, Conversation with Participants

Series Price:
$500 general admission
$375 for Members
$200 for students (with valid student ID)
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This lecture introduces the idea of the “modern temper” as it was embodied by a number of revolutionaries, including Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828), an artist at the bridge of classicism and modernism. Although Goya was a court painter, he was also a chronicler of human failings, and of dreams, sorrows, and visions. His dedication to the subjective, rather than the idealized or objective world, was a harbinger of modernism itself. Goya lived contemporaneously with both the American and French revolutions, and the Napoleonic wars, eras marked by the waning power of the aristocracy. The lecture concludes with the end of an era in itself, marked by Napoleon Bonaparte’s abdication in 1814.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR'S LECTURE SERIEs 2014–2015

Following the overwhelming success of the 2013–2014 inaugural Director’s Lecture Series, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is pleased to introduce the 2014–2015 Director’s Lecture Series, entitled “The Birth, Rise, and Evolution of Avant-Garde Art.” Six lectures will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the eighteenth-century origins and nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of the modern definition of the artist: a figure who rejects dominant cultural mores and leads the vanguard of creative and even societal transformation. The series is designed by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Dr. Janne Sirén and presented by Dr. Sirén, as well as Deputy Director Dr. Joe Lin-Hill and Curator Dr. Cathleen Chaffee. Learn More 

Tuesdays, September 16, 2014; October 14, 2014; November 11, 2014; February 10, 2015; March 10, 2015; and April 14, 2015, 7–8:30 pm  
Cathleen Chaffee, Janne Sirén, and Joe Lin-Hill with Clyfford Still’s 1951-E, 1951 (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Gift of the artist, 1964).
7–8 pm, Lecture
8–8:30 pm, Conversation with Participants
Series Price:
$500 general admission
$375 for Members
$200 for students (with valid student ID)
More about Tickets and Scholarships
Auditorium