The first lecture, "Craft versus Design, Originals versus Multiples," is Thursday, November 18 at 7pm in Whitaker Hall 214.
Next is "Coliseum Culture: Art in the Age of Spectacle," Friday, November 19, at 12 noon in Stabler Hall 102.
The third is a lecture and slide presentation on Thursday, November 11 at 7pm in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center 102. Jewelry maker Cappy Counard, whose jewelry is included in the In Our Own Back Yard exhibition, will discuss her work and her artistic process.
The exhibit and the lectures are free and open to the public.
The first two lectures on November 18 and 19 are by Howard Risatti, professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University.
"Craft versus Design, Originals versus Multiples," is Thursday, November 18, 7 pm in Whitaker Hall 214. This lecture discusses the difference between Craft objects and Design objects as both a practice and as physical objects that must be understood in a deeper way than just their appearance; it also speculates on the implications of these differences for our attitude toward the world and the environment.
"Coliseum Culture: Art in the Age of Spectacle," is Friday, November 19, 12 noon. Stabler Hall 102.
Howard Risatti is a professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently he is the Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies. His writings on art and craft have appeared in various journals including the Art Journal, Artforum, New Art Examiner, Artscribe, Latin American Art, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Woman's Art Journal, Art Criticism, The Studio Potter, and Ceramic Art & Perception.
Most recently he wrote on Michael Heizer's Double Negative for Sculpture Magazine and on "Contemporary American Ceramic Trends" for the Korean publication Ceramics Monthly. In addition to writing and numerous essays for exhibition catalogues, Risatti has written several books, including Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art appeared in 1990 and the 2nd edition in 1998 (Prentice Hall). His latest book, Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institution Press), was co-authored with Kenneth Trapp in 1998.
The gallery will also host a lecture and slide presentation by jewelry maker Cappy Counard, whose jewelry is included in the In Our Own Back Yard exhibition. She will discuss her work and her artistic process on Thursday, November 11, 7 pm in Arts 102.
Cappy Counard is presently an Associate Professor teaching jewelry/metalsmithing at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Cappy holds a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Cappy has shown her jewelry and sculptural containers nationally and internationally. Her work is currently traveling throughout the US with the exhibit, The Art of Gold and throughout Pennsylvania in the exhibit, In Our Own Backyard. Cappy is a recipient of a 2003 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship.
All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ty Clever, Education Specialist: 780-2685
In Our Own Back Yard currently runs until Friday, November 19, 2004. All Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and during selected performances in the Arts Center. For information call 717/231-ROSE.