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Our Spring Lineup of Free Gallery Talks

Mona/Martha/Marge (courtesy of Martha Wilson)
Mona/Martha/Marge by Martha Wilson. The feminist artist, gallery director, and founder of the Franklin Furnace will speak May 22 during the exhibit “The Feminist Movement in Art.”

As our 60th Anniversary exhibit series continues, we’re excited to announce a new slate of speakers to continue the accompanying lecture series. These talks began in January with Dr. Claudia Rousseau speaking on the Abstract Expressionists, and in March, Joyce McCarten spoke on the Washington Color School. The next three talks accompany “ColorField,” “Pop Art,” and “The Feminist Movement in Art.”

These talks are all free to attend, but space is limited, so click on the links to RSVP!

Color Field & Art History

with Timothy App
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 am

Painter and MICA art professor Timothy App, who juried the “ColorField” exhibit at The Art League Gallery, will speak on the Color Field movement from an art historical perspective. He will also talk about how the work in the current exhibit that he selected relates to that movement.

Pop Art and Beyond

The Art of Tom Wesselmann
Thursday, April 24, 7:00–8:30 pm

Robin Nicholson, deputy director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss well-known pop artist Tom Wesselmann. In the 1960s, Wesselmann (1931–2004) — along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, and Jim Dine — formed the core of the Pop Art movement in the United States. Long after Pop Art’s crest, in a career spanning more than four decades, Wesselmann continued to create a highly original and accomplished body of work. Nonetheless, he is the last of this group to have a major U.S. exhibition and is perhaps the least known of these artists.  Following on from the successful retrospective at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2013, this talk explores the artist’s diverse career and inspirations.

Martha Wilson and the Franklin Furnace

Thursday, May 22, 6:30–8:30 pm

Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. Wilson will discuss her work and the work of the Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.

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