ArtScapades: From Landscape to Still Life

Category: Art & Music
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

On Tuesday evening, October 18, 2011, at 7 p.m., in the Adrian Lamb Room of the New Canaan Library, ArtScapades will present  “Beyond Portraiture: From Landscape to Still Life,” the second in a three-part series on the “Art that Defined America.” This program is sponsored by The Friends of the New Canaan Library.

“Beyond Portraiture” explains the changes in art brought about by national pride, the westward expansion, and the growth of travel.  This lecture will chronicle the lives of five American artists and their works: three Hudson River School artists, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Albert Bierstadt; and two still life artists, William Michael Harnett and James Peale.  Approximately a dozen works per artist will be discussed, including iconic works and those that illustrate significant trends and events in their lives and careers.

This lecture series will conclude on Monday, November 7, with “Artists Abroad:  From American to Expatriate.” It is not necessary to have attended the first lecture in this series in order to enjoy this one.

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades began teaching art appreciation in 1998 in the New Canaan public school system.  By popular demand, they began sharing their knowledge with adults who wanted to learn the basics of art to further their education and to make museum trips more enjoyable.

Previously, at the New Canaan Library, ArtScapades presented lectures on “The Days Before Impressionism: From Neoclassicism and Romanticism to Realism” and “Impressionism: From Paris to Cos Cob.”