Art History Lecture Series

Featuring Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, these lectures feature an intimate look inside the artists and movements that helped shape art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.

Wednesdays, October 17 – May 1
7:00-8:00 P.M. Gage Capitol Hill

$15 at Door/$50 for Fall Quarter
$135 for Series
Free for members. Make a member registration.


Art History Lecture Series Tickets

Apollo and Daphne by Gianlorenzo Bernini, 1622–25

Fall Art History Lectures – Fall Series Tickets

October 17 | Terry Furchgott | Paul Gauguin

Join well-known Gage Instructor, Art Historian, and engaging Lecturer, Terry Furchgott, for an intensive look at the life and work of French Post-Impressionist painter, Paul Gauguin. Influential in bridging the period between Impressionism and Modernism, Gauguin is known for his expressive and experimental color, Japanese-influenced use of flat shapes, and the mystical nature of much of his subject matter. Delight in large-scale images of some of the Master’s most beautiful and complex works painted on site in both France and Tahiti, as Furchgott leads you towards a deeper understanding of his often tumultuous life in France and in French Polynesia, his subtle and innovative palette choices, distinctive brushwork, and masterful use of narrative/figurative composition.


October 24 | Rebecca Albiani | Gianlorenzo Bernini, Sculptor of Ecstasy

Roman sculptor/architect Bernini could transform marble into trembling flesh or flyaway locks. Works such as his St. Teresa in Ecstasy of 1647-52 embody Baroque theatricality, thrusting us into an experience of passionate mysticism.


November 7| Emily Pothast | Hilma af Klint and the Birth of Abstraction

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.


November 14| Charles Emerson| Post-Impression and the Emergence of Color

Learn how color came to the fore as a full partner in modeling and structure instead of a more minor consideration in fine art paintings. Starting with Cezanne, we will review many old favorites such as Van Gogh, Degas, Manet, Gaugin, Redon, Bonnard and Vuillard.


Winter Art History Lectures

January 16| Jonathan Happ | Edvard Munch

A look into the life and work of the late 19th century Norwegian painter and printmaker, Edvard Munch, whose work influenced both the Symbolists and Expressionists.


February 6| Dominique Medici | Early Renaissance Egg Tempera Painting, Materials and Meaning

This hour long talk will discuss the methods and materials of the working artist in Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries. We will explore their painting methods and the symbolic meaning in their paintings.


February 13 | Barbara Noah | Humor in Visual Art

From silly to satirical, witty to amusing, humor has long been a component of visual art. Looking at examples of art across time from Rembrandt’s “The Laughing Man” to the absurdity of Claes Oldenburg’s enormous Pop Art sculptures of everyday items, this lecture will look at the role of humor throughout art.


February 27 | Nicholas Enevoldsen | Lucian Freudt

“What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince.”—Lucian Freud

“Raw”, “shocking”, and “honest,” are all terms commonly associated with the uniquely ‘modern’ and unbridled realist paintings of artist Lucian Freud. Whether clothed or unclothed, Freud’s expressive portraits offer a revealing glimpse into the inner humanity of individuals ‘stripped’ of all social mask and pretense. Rendered over countless hours inside the dreary walls of his London studio, Freud painstakingly memorialized people not as objects of beauty, but as living organisms, imitating in explicit detail the personal markings of flesh as a vestige of lived experience and a distinctly human material.

Please join artist and instructor, Nicholas Enevoldsen as he guides you through this intimate exploration of the rich contextual and formal devices underlying Freud’s most enigmatic works, while also charting the stylistic evolution and later technical development of the artist’s signature handling for densely painted flesh.


Spring Art History Lectures

March 6 | Valerie Collymore | Color, Composition and Context in French Impressionism

How four French Impressionists used Color and Composition to create timeless Masterworks and a brief presentation on the Historic Context in which the French Impressionist Movement was born.


March 13 | Gary Faigin | Bad Paintings by Good Artists

Nobody’s perfect! While the skill and judgement of artists who have survived the test of time is unquestionable, even the greatest artists can have an off day, or take on a project that is ill-suited for their talents. We’ll look at ten less-than-stellar productions by painters like Tintoretto, Manet, and Sargent, and talk about where they seem to have gone off course, and why. Perhaps we can even learn a lesson or two to apply to our own undertakings, as to the pitfalls than can sabotage even the best of us. Note: Not everyone agrees as to what a bad painting is! We’ll talk about that too.


April 24 | Norman Ludin | Formal Composition and Psychological Space

One’s own movement through three-dimensional space and that experience as it applies the psychological aspects of composing ordinary scenes. And, some examples of practical application of said theory. A variety of artists will be discussed including Degas and Giacometti.


May 1 | Jeffrey Simmons | Unconventional Techniques in Contemporary Abstract Painting

Exploring the work of several Contemporary Abstract painters including Beatriz Milhazes, Jack Whitten, and Mark Bradford we’ll explore their innovative uses of unconventional tools and techniques in their work.


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