ArtHistory Spring 2018

The Stories We Tell

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Thursdays, April 26 – May 31, 2018

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85 TMA members, $105 general admission
($20 drop-in fee per lecture)

We humans love to tell stories. From our earliest gatherings around tribal fires, to the ever constant stream of entertainments on our screen, we are story-tellers, and the stories well tell most are those about us. These stories of what it means to be human are the subject of paintings and sculptures, our literature, and our greatest dramas. Please join Deputy Director Preston Metcalf as he takes us on a journey through time and place, as he explores the stories that define us and how they have been told and retold in the art we hold in high esteem. They are, after all, about us!

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 1 – Coming of Age - April 26

We are not born prepared to face the life. Before we can fully embrace the experiences of the world, we must first learn how to live within it. We must come of age if we are ever to navigate on our own. Here we will explore the art and stories of what it means to mature into an active participant in our world.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 2 – Love Story - May 3

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy wins the heart of girl. Boy marries girl. Boy does pretty much whatever girl tells him to do from that point on. This is but one of the many variations on the story of union between one and another. The dynamics may change, genders may alter, customs may vary, but it is a staple of our lives that we seek companionship and love. It is a story oft portrayed, from earliest civilizations to the present day. It is a love story.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 3 – Seeking Fame & Glory - May 10

They say you can’t take it with you, but that doesn’t mean we can’t leave something of us behind. Many of our most magnificent monuments and art were made to celebrate our accomplishments, and it is left to us, the recipients of this art, to gage whether or not the deeds merit such a place in our human story.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 4 – Meaning of Life - May 17

Who are we? Where are we from? Where are we going? These are big questions, and some of our greatest artists, philosophers, and thinkers sought to find and portray the answers. Here we will look at some of the art and stories created to guide us to our own discoveries of the meaning of life.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 5 – Facing Mortality - May 24

Death and taxes. Seems we can avoid neither, but just as we tell stories to help us come of age, we also tell stories in art and literature to help us face the final transition, before we confront what Shakespeare called the undiscovered country.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 6 – The Hero's Journey - May 31

We are all the heroes of our own story. In art, literature, movies and myth, we portray the super-human exploits of those greater than us, but are they really? Whether it is Theseus slaying a Minotaur, the heroic acts of Beowulf, the victories battles of William the Conqueror, or the epic tales of gods from a culture long past, the stories follow a pattern … and it is the pattern of our lives. Here we conclude our exploration of the stories we tell by looking at the art of the greatest story we tell: the story of us.

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