The Stoddard Art Lecture on Byzantine Art

Category: Art & MusicCategory: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

New Canaan Library is pleased to announce Helen C. Evans, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be guest lecturer for the Library’s 3rd annual Stoddard Art Lecture. This year’s Stoddard Art Lecture will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. 

HelenEvansFacade.jpg In additional to her curatorial role, Ms. Evans is also the editor of three books on the subject: Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557); The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine era, A.D. 843-1261; and her most recent, Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition.

Evans latest book "explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the seventh to the ninth century. As the period opened, the empire's southern provinces—the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and eastern Mediterranean—were at the crossroads of trade routes reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the ninth century an unprecedented cross-fertilization of cultures had taken place...that would shape the medieval world." -Metropolitan Museum of Art book description

The Stoddard Art Lecture series was established in the fall of 2011 to enrich and broaden the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts in all its forms.  The Stoddard series is unique in that it is endowed; once the fund reaches a certain point from contributions the series will operate in perpetuity.  It is indeed a lasting gift, honoring lifelong learners, benefiting others and improving the Library."


Library patrons with hearing disabilities can now enjoy the Library programs held in the Lamb Room by accessing the assistive listening technology available. Our T-Coil hearing loop provides access to clear, crisp sound by tuning a hearing aid to its t-coil channel or by using one of our available portable hearing receivers with headphones.  Please ask our staff should you need assistance with this service.