Gage Georgetown Calling: Art Lecture Series with Emily Pothast

Hilma Af Klint

HILMA AF KLINT AND THE BIRTH OF ABSTRACTION – LECTURE

Lecturer: Emily Pothast
Third Thursday, September 21
Lecture: 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Studio Workshop: 8:15 P.M. – 9:15 P.M.
Location: Gage Georgetown at Equinox Studios, Georgetown
$15 for All Levels/Public Welcome
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Historians once believed that Kandinsky was the first European artist to paint truly abstract works. We now know that he was preceded by at least two female artists: the Swedish mystic Hilma af Klint and the even earlier Victorian spiritualist Georgiana Houghton. This lecture introduces the work of these and other often overlooked artists in the context of early 20th century cultural movements.

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HILMA AF KLINT AND THE BIRTH OF ABSTRACTION – STUDIO WORKSHOP

Loosen up your drawing practice and try out “automatic drawing” to explore your inner abstract artist.

$15 Studio Workshop Fee.  Limit 25 participants per workshop.  All materials provided.

Instructor: Emily Pothast
Thursday, September 21
Studio Workshop: 8:15 P.M. – 9:15 P.M.
Location: Gage Georgetown at Equinox Studios, Georgetown

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Photo: Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/1994, installed 2017 at the Seattle Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama, Collection of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, © YAYOI KUSAMA, photo: Minh Nguyen. 

October 19 | The Secret History of Feminist Self-Portraiture

In the 1980s, the Guerilla Girls asked, “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met?” noting that fewer than 5% of the artists in the museum’s collection were women, but 85% of the nudes were female. Art historians have, however, speculated that the proportions of the Paleolithic Venus of Willendorf suggest that she might be a            self-portrait. Using this possibility as a point of departure, this class will delve into the history of the body in feminist and women’s art, examining how our experience of the gaze shifts when women are in command of their own images.

Workshop:  Create self-portraits and command your own self-image while seeing the way other participants see and portray themselves.

The Secret History of Feminist Self-Portraiture – Lecture
The Secret History of Feminist Self-Portraiture – Workshop 

November 16 | Sacred Geometry for Artists

In addition to their anatomical study of the human form, artists like Jan Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Albrecht Dürer have also studied geometry in an attempt to determine how the mind interprets certain arrangements of shape and form as beautiful. This class starts with the natural world as the basis for proportion, exploring how the underlying ratios of nature have given rise to the field of sacred geometry, with exercises you can use to explore visual mathematics on your own.

Workshop:  Experiment with the principles of sacred geometry.

Sacred Geometry for Artists – Lecture 
Sacred Geometry for Artists – Workshop  

December 21 | Marcel Duchamp: Étant Donnés and The Large Glass

A household name for his readymades and meta-art antics, Marcel Duchamp’s most complex works—The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (also known as The Large Glass) and the mysterious, posthumously-installed Étant Donnés are far more enigmatic than the one-liners he is best known for. Using Duchamp’s historical context and the detailed diagrams the artist created for both works, this lecture will shed some light on the fascinating relationship between these two extraordinary works of art.

Workshop: The Machinery of Eros – Invent and draw your own machine illustrating the mechanisms of human drives, inspired by Duchamp’s Large Glass.

Marcel Duchamp: Étant Donnés and The Large Glass – Lecture
Marcel Duchamp: Étant Donnés and The Large Glass – Workshop

January 18 | The Graphic Works of Albrecht Dürer

Once considered the greatest painter in Northern Europe, Albrecht Dürer also wrote the first textbooks in mathematics in the German language. Dürer’s woodcuts and etchings on religious and secular themes reflect the transformative politics of the Protestant Reformation, as well as an interest in science and mathematics that would soon come to eclipse religious thought in Europe. This lecture will serve as an introduction to the graphic art of Albrecht Dürer in its historical context.

Workshop:  Explore the principles, types, and history of relief printmaking by making your own prints.

The Graphic Works of Albrecht Dürer – Lecture 
The Graphic Works of Albrecht Dürer – Workshop 

February  15 | Eternity in an Hour: An Introduction to the Art of William Blake

Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, the English Romantic painter, printmaker, and poet William Blake created a highly distinctive visual language that delights and confounds viewers to this day. This lecture will serve as an introduction to the visual works of William Blake in the context of his spiritual and poetic writings.

Workshop: The Illustrated Poem.  Use a text that inspires you—written or borrowed—to create work that combines image and text in the spirit of William Blake

Eternity in an Hour: An Introduction to the Art of William Blake – Lecture
Eternity in an Hour: An Introduction to the Art of William Blake – Workshop 

March 15 | The Male Nude

Female nudes may be ubiquitous in the history of art, but a sizable number of male nudes are out there, too, both idealized and unglamorous. This class will serve as an introduction to the history of the male nude in sculpture, painting, and photography.

Workshop:  Life drawing class from the male nude.

The Male Nude – Lecture 
The Male Nude – Workshop 

April 19 | A Survey of Female Surrealists

Some female surrealists, like Frida Kahlo, are household names. Others, like Leonora Carrington, Kay Sage, and Maria Martins, should be. This class will serve as an introduction to themes of surrealism through the work of a diverse group of women artists.

Workshop:  Experiment with surrealist drawing exercises and techniques. 

A Survey of Female Surrealists – Lecture 
A Survey of Female Surrealists – Workshop

May 17 | Powerful Void: The Life and Work of Lee Bontecou

In the 1960s, Lee Bontecou rose to prominence with her distinctive welded steel and canvas sculptures. Then, in the 1980s, she all but disappeared from the New York art scene, retreating to the Pennsylvania countryside. This class will explore Bontecou’s category-defying life, career, and body of work.

Workshop:  Draw abstract forms inspired by the visual language of Lee Bontecou

Powerful Void: The Life and Work of Lee Bontecou – Lecture
Powerful Void: The Life and Work of Lee Bontecou – Workshop
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