Art History
Lecture Series

The Art History Lecture Series features Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community. Each speaker explores a different topic. These lectures will present an intimate look inside the artists and movements that helped shape art from the Renaissance through the 21st Century. Register for these online lectures and delve into the techniques, ideologies and personalities that define the art in our world.

All art history lectures are now virtual, and will be taking place via Zoom.

Lectures are FREE for Members and Atelier Students. 

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Charles White, Augusta Savage and Realism in the Harlem Renaissance
with Patricia Watwood

Wednesday | Jan 20 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

The contributions of these important American Artists have been eclipsed by the dual legacies of racism and abstract expressionism in the great story of American Art. These artists were celebrated in their times and created important work that uplifted their society. Representation and elevation of the subject were essential to the mission of these creators, and set an inspiring example for today. Please note earlier time to accommodate our guest artist and lecturer based in New York.

$15
FREE for Members
Gage 360 Online

Spirituality and Abstraction: 1950 to the present
with Linda James

Wednesday | Feb 17 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

The genesis of abstract art was tied to spiritual ideas current in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The pioneers of abstraction – Wassily Kandinsky, Hilma af Klint, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevich, Paul Klee and others – had abandoned representational art in favor of an art form that allowed them to express their inner spiritual lives. The last art movement to similarly build on spiritual values was Abstract Expressionism in the mid 1940s and 50s. In the decades that followed, spirituality was rarely discussed in art history scholarship. However, it never disappeared from contemporary art. Artists working independently were drawing inspiration from Native American and Aboriginal spirituality, Buddhism, Hinduism and other sources. This lecture will look at the generations of artists from 1950 forward who continued to express spiritual concepts in their abstract work.

$15
FREE for Members
Gage 360 Online

The World’s Most Popular Artists: The Spectacular Installations of Christo and Jeanne-Claude
with Gary Faigin

Wednesday | Mar 17 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

Judging simply by number of visitors, the intrepid couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude are easily the most popular artists of recent times. Their 2016 installation The Floating Piers, a set of floating walkways on a lake in northern Italy, was experienced by 1.2 million people 16 days. The Piers, and similarly spectacular installations like the Central Park Gates (2005), or the Wrapped Reichstag (1995) are more than just popular; Christo is considered a major contemporary artist, and his work is in museum collections worldwide. His masterful preparatory drawings and models are sold for enormous sums of money, used to pay for the projects, which have no other source of funding. Gary Faigin explores the career of this unique artistic couple, with works ranging from the conceptual – pyramids made of oil barrels – to the monumental – a 300 foot inflated sculpture. Faigin will also preview Christo’s last, post-humous work, the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, to be installed in early fall of 2021, and the destination for Gage’s next art tour.

$15
FREE for Members
Gage 360 Online

Contrasts: An Art Primer
with Vicki Halper


Wednesday | April 14 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

Comparing and contrasting objects is a basic tool of the art historian. It is, for example, how one learns the difference between Renaissance and Baroque art, or between blown and fused glass. This discussion presents pairs of contrasting materials, objects, and subject matter, and a vocabulary with which to describe them. It is meant to sharpen observation and increase delight in the variety of things we call art.

$15
FREE for Members
Gage 360 Online

History of Sumi Ink Painting
with Lois Yoshida

Wednesday | May 19 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

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$15
FREE for Members
Gage 360 Online

The Emotions of Color
with Kristin Frost

Wednesday | June 16 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

When the restored Sistine Chapel was unveiled in 1994, visitors were shocked by the change. For centuries, people had only experienced this masterwork through layers of soot and dust. Suddenly, it was like a brand new Michelangelo had been uncovered. Color is powerful – it can shape our perceptions; delight or offend us; it can be symbolic or political. Come learn what color reveals about the purpose, process, and science of making art.

$15
FREE for Members
Gage 360 Online

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