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Lecture: Van Gogh & Urban Modernity
January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
January 13, 2022
Van Gogh & Urban Modernity
Guest Speaker: Hollis Clayson, Professor Emerita of Art History, Northwestern University
Van Gogh For All lecture by an advisor on the exhibition, Dr. S. Hollis Clayson, Professor Emerita of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor Emerita in the Humanities, Northwestern University. The Juliet Art Museum will remain open from 5-6 so that you can view the exhibitions before the lecture.
This lecture is open to the public at no cost, however advanced registration is required as space is limited, to encourage physical distancing. To secure your place, please email JulietArtMuseum@theclaycenter.org with the number of people in your party attending. Mask wearing is also required for all attendees. The Juliet Art Museum will remain open from 5:00-6:00 PM to view the Van Gogh For All exhibition prior to the lecture.
About the lecture: We often think of Van Gogh’s art in terms of intense emotion, the importance of rural life, and coloristic bravura and intensity. That is not wrong, but it downplays an important component of his interests: technologized modernity. The lecture will concentrate upon his imagery of industry, railroads, and artificial illumination as seen in works he completed in Paris and Arles, before the arrival of Gauguin.
Van Gogh For All is presented with support from Belle Chemical, Daywood Foundation, The Elliot Family Foundation, Charles & Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation, Herscher Foundation, and Bernard H. & Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation, Fund for the Arts (The Clay Center salutes the following major donors to Fund for the Arts whose annual gifts of $10,000 or more help keep all the arts thriving in our area including City of Charleston, Cecil I. Walker Charitable Foundation, Daywood Foundation, Spilman, Thomas & Battle PLLC). This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.