ArtHistory Summer 2019

The Games We Play

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Games have played an important part in how we spend our time on this earth, so it is no surprise that they have also had an impact on the culture of societies and on the art we create. Beginning Saturday, June 15 from 2pm-3:30pm, The Triton Museum of Art will present a 3-week art history series: The Games We Play, a look at some of the pastimes we enjoy, how they came to be, how they have been portrayed in art, and the symbolism that speaks of the cultures that created them. Please join our resident art historian, Deputy Director Preston Metcalf as he takes us on this enjoyable journey through the art and pastimes that reveal so much about us.  

Saturdays, June 15 – June 29

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art

Fee: $45 TMA member, $55 nonmember

*For single sessions/drop-ins: $20


Week 01: June 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

It's In The Cards

Playing cards have been with us since the 9th Century when woodblock prints were used to create the first decks of cards. By the mid-15th Century they entered Europe and gave birth to what would become both the highly symbolized Tarot (with much help from the poet William Butler Yeats), and the modern cards of suits we know today. How these impacted both society and art will be the subject of this exploration of a curious avenue of art history.

Power and Love

Week 02 – June 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m. 

Strategies of Power and Love

The history of Chess is a reflection on the contests of humanity, both militarily and in the ever compelling competition of love.  From its earliest origins in India as a game of military strategy, to Medieval Europe where it became a symbol of Amor and the rising power of queens, chess has been played and portrayed in art.  This week we will look at the history and impact this ultimate board-game has had on our art and culture.

Speed and Strength

Week 03 – June 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Feats of Speed and Strength

From the competitions of Greek Olympics to contests of ever-increasing speed to athletics of today, sporting activities have occupied much of our time, and subsequently much of our art. This week we will look at the many ways athletics have been portrayed in art, and how we use this art to project the ideals of humanity.

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