6:00PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art - Sheridan Gallery

"20th Century Modern Architecture"

Problems with the Prescription:  The Reality of Regional Modern Architecture in America in the 1920’s and 1930’s
March 11, 2014 | David Brashear

With the “International Style” exhibition of 1932, the Museum of Modern Art plunged into the discourse regarding modern architecture.  David Brashear will reflect on the efforts of MoMA to “educate” American designers about international architectural trends, while simultaneously missing the rich flavors of modernism that were thriving regionally in the United States.

Modernism in Paris :  The Design and Construction of the UNESCO Headquarters in the 1950’s
April 01, 2014 | Isabelle Hyman, Ph.D.

Paris, an "open city" during World War II and famous for its iconic monuments of historical architecture, was particularly unresponsive to the introduction of post-war Modernism on a grand scale. Isabelle Hyman will examine the collaborative effort of an international team of architects and engineers (Marcel Breuer, Pier Luigi Nervi, and Bernard Zehrfuss) to introduce monumental modernism into the architectural landscape of Paris with the design and construction of UNESCO Headquarters (1952-58).

University of the People:  Modern Library Architecture
May 06, 2014 | Jill M. Lord, Ph.D.

Libraries function as community centers and classrooms; they are spaces for performance and contemplation.  These buildings are often called the "University for the People" and hold a prominent place in many major cities.  Jill Marie Lord will present examples of library architecture from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and discuss the organization of these buildings and the changes to their architecture as library collections have been shaped by electronic technology.  

Presented by Virginia Company Bank

6:00PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art - Sheridan Gallery

Third Thursday Lectures will contine this spring and be held on February 20, March 20 and April 17. Please stay tuned for more information about the exciting lecturers and their topics!

Caravaggio and Shakespeare
March 20, 2014 | John T. Spike, Ph.D.

The great dramatist Caravaggio (1571-1610), was a contemporary of the playwright Shakespeare (1564-1616). There is no evidence they were aware of each other, although their paintings and plays exemplify the dark expression of the Late Renaissance, when they lived.  In this lecture, Dr. Spike will illustrate some of the parallels between their works.

Thomas Cole’s Voyages of Life had Voyages of their Own
April 17, 2014 | Paul D. Schweizer, Ph.D.

The American landscape painter, Thomas Cole, was at the height of his artistic powers in 1839 when he was commissioned by Samuel Ward, a noted New York City banker, philanthropist, and art collector, to paint four large allegorical paintings on the theme of The Voyage of Life (Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, N.Y.).   Ward's death, soon after the series was completed, made Cole concerned as to the accessibility of his masterpiece.  He proceeded to paint a Voyage of Life while in Rome in 1842, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.  Dr Schweizer’s talk will examine Cole’s claim that the second set was not a copy, an assertion which suggests that the concepts of originality and replication were interpreted differently one hundred and seventy-five years ago.


Docent led-tours are available every Saturday & Sunday at 1PM


The Muscarelle Museum of Art is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Wine Auction, which it will host on May 3, 2014.  This event will begin with a silent auction and reception of the finest Virginia wines, showcasing a range of labels from across the Commonwealth.  The reception will be immediately followed by a live auction, featuring unique wines and exclusive lots only available through the Museum. Over 300 attendees are expected to take part in this exciting event, all proceeds of which will directly benefit the Museum — thus continuing to ensure the availability of world-class museum programs for the William & Mary and Hampton Roads communities, both now and in the future.


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