Wednesday, October 27--Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Our next museum trip will be a joint adventure with Professor Carole
Gavin. French students, Art students and community members can
join us for a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to view the
African Art show listed below, and to come on a guided tour by the Art
History teacher through one of the museum's collections. Tentative
topics include: "Modern Art in France and the Influenced of African
Art," including the works of Picasso and Matisse. For
information, contact Jayne Yantz firstname.lastname@example.org
or Carole Gavin email@example.com
Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
2, 2004 - January 2, 2005
primarily from the excellent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the
exhibition will be organized into thematic categories described by
representatives from various African cultures and backgrounds. Personal
narrative, interactive media and contextual information will breathe
life into the many diverse and beautiful art objects on display.
Or, check out other shows at the PMA Web Site: http://philamuseum.org
Spring Semester Trips
In February, Art History students, Art students and community
members will be traveling with me and Leslie Kaufman to see
Christo's Gates in New York's Central Park. This is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of Christo's installations in
person. Professor Kaufman, who is a sculptor herself, will be
giving a guided tour of the Gates and leading a discussion of the
nature of Christo's art. For information, or to see a show at the
Met on Christo's Gates, visit: http://www.metmuseum.org/
The information below is from the Met's web page for this show.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude:
The Gates, Central Park, New York
April 6, 2004–July 25, 2004
The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery, 1st floor
This exhibition documents the evolution of the widely
anticipated outdoor work of art The Gates, Central Park, New York
City, 1979–2005, conceived by the husband-and-wife collaborators
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Scheduled for presentation during 16 days in
February 2005, the completed project will consist of 7,500
saffron-colored gates set up at 12-foot intervals along 23 miles of
pedestrian walkways that lace New York's Central Park. The exhibition
traces the development of this project, begun in 1979, through the
display of 51 preparatory drawings and collages by Christo, 64
photographs, and 11 maps and technical diagrams. Also on view are
components of one of the actual 16-foot-tall gates.
Accompanied by a publication.
The exhibition is made possible by an anonymous donor.
All works in the exhibition are courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Also in February, join me for a guided tour of the University of
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collection of
Egyptian Art. Each February, in honor of African American History
month, I take a group of students and community members to Penn to view
material that originates on the African continent. Last year, we
investigated the art of sub-Saharan African; this February, we will
visit the Egyptian collection.
Art History teacher
standing by the 12-ton Sphinx of Ramses II, located at the University
Museum. We cover this on our tour. Look for more information as
Spring Semester starts.
The following February, in 2006, I will return again to tour the
Sub-Saharan collection at Penn. We cover masks, statues and object of
everyday use, focusing on an understanding of the beliefs revealed by
these objects. We also consider ideals of beauty in African art and the
purposes that art objects serve, such as gold weights made by the
Asante people. The gold weight (right) depicts a bird with its
head turned backwards. Each Asante weight, like this one, conveys
a proverb that teaches. This bird, for instance, illustrates the
proverb, "There is nothing wrong with learning from hindsight." The
message of the proverb is that we need to learn from looking at and
building on our past; we must maintain our legacy. For more
information on Asante gold weights and proverbs, visit http://www.marshall.edu/akanart//abrammoo_abramobe.html