Art History Lecture Series

The Art History Lecture Series features Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, each exploring a different topic. These lectures present an intimate look inside the artists and movements that helped shape art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century. Register online for a single lecture or the entire fall series, and delve into the techniques, ideologies and personalities that define art in our world.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – April 22, 2020
7:00-8:00 P.M., Geo Studio, #304, Third Floor, Gage Capitol Hill

$15 at Door or register online below!

Free for members. Make a member reservation.



Winter Art History Lectures

2/5        Rebecca Albiani — Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji include some of the most iconic images ever made. Whether the prolific artist was making color woodblock prints, book illustrations, or drawing manuals, his work was rich in humor and natural beauty.
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2/12      Edie Everette  Charles Burchfield: Watercolor as Vocabulary
Painting exclusively in watercolor was unusual in the early 20th century, yet Burchfield chose that medium as his own, outright dismissing people who cautioned that the medium was too fragile to become a legacy. He also created a ‘vocabulary’ of shapes that represented moods, working them into his land and townscapes. This lecture will discuss what Burchfield, who struggled also with wanting to be a writer, may be visually ‘telling’ us. 
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2/26      Gary Faigin — Ripped from the Headlines: How Breaking News Became Great Art

Painting, unlike photography, is usually at a distance from the hubbub of daily life.  Art of the past tended to avoid work that was too specifically about a particular recent event, like a battle or an execution.  The glorious exceptions to this pattern are few in number, but count amongst the most famous and beloved works in art history.  In this lively talk, Gary Faigin looks at masterpieces like the Raft of the Medusa and Guernica, examining their fascinating historical background, composition, and execution. 
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3/4        David Martin — Social Realism and the American Scene: A Northwest Perspective
David F. Martin will focus on regional artists and their depictions of scenes from everyday life in the Northwest during the 1930’s and 40’s. Many of the works reflect the industrial, political and social aspects of the Great Depression and WWII era. Beginning in the late 1920’s younger American artists were turning away from the dominant influence of European Impressionism and Modernism in search of a completely unique representation of America. These artists utilized subject matter depicting the unique elements of their individual regions and often celebrated the urban and rural environments as well as local industries and recreational activities.

On the other side of the spectrum, some Northwest artists used their talents to reflect their interest in communist and socialist ideology, as well as labor causes and racial and class inequities. The Leftist movement was so strong in Washington State that in 1936,” Postmaster General James Farley stated…“There are forty-seven states in the Union, and the Soviet of Washington”.

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3/18      Kathleen Moore — The Arts of Mesopotamia 
Mesopotamian civilization existed for well over 3,000 years, from the formation of the first cities at the end of the fourth millennium B.C. to the early years of the Roman Empire.  This region of the world produced varied and fascinating cultures including the Sumerian, Assyrian and Akkadian in the region that linked Asia, Africa and Europe.
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