Art Society Talks at The Cellar Door

This semester each Art Society presentation will focus on a single work of art, its form, content, and context. These talks, sponsored by the School of Art and Design, will consider how individual perception impacts observation and understanding.

Wed, Feb 15 – 6:30 pm.

by Dr. Heather Stark

Jan van Eyck’s Madonna Adored by the Canon van der Paele (1436. Oil on panel, 48 x 61 7/8” Groeninge Museum, Bruges) will be our focus. This Northern Renaissance work represents the height of illusion in Van Eyck’s oeuvre, and, like most of his work, is loaded with fascinating iconography.

Wed, March 15 – 6:30 pm.

by Dr. Heather Stark

March 15th will take us into the modern era for a close look at Charles Sheeler’s Church Street El (1920. Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 19 1/8”. Cleveland Museum of Art). In his scant writing, Sheeler pointed to Jan van Eyck as a formative influence upon his stylistic development as a painter. Van Eyck’s ability to conceal his methods was of particular interest to Sheeler. Church Street El initiates a period during which Sheeler came to understand what he wanted to express about his subject matter through the manipulation of form.

Wed, April 19 – 6:30 pm.

by Hanna Kozlowski-Slone

This lecture will investigate Edward Saïd’s concept of Orientalism by focusing on The Snake Charmer by Jean-Léon Gérôme (c. 1879, oil on canvas, 33” x 48.1”, The Clark Art Institute). By examining this painting through the lens of Linda Nochlin’s 1983 essay “The Imaginary Orient,” we will see how 19th-century Orientalist paintings not only perpetuated non-Western stereotypes but also revealed the values and attitudes of Westerners themselves.

The Cellar Door
905 Third Ave
Huntington, WV 25701

$10.00 fee at door