Art History

Art History Lecture Series

Tuesdays, 12pm to 1pm
September 26 to October 17

$35 for the series or $10 per class at the door
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Enjoy in-depth lectures from four Centre College professors. Feel free to bring your lunch!

  • September 26: Dr. KatieAnn Skogsberg – “Optical Illusions and Visual Tricks: A Scientist’s Perspective”
  • October 3: Dr. Jay Bloom – “Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece & the Object of Art History”
  • October 10: Dr. Amy Frederick – “Who Owns Culture?: Looting & Destruction of Art & Antiquities” 
  • October 17: Dr. Lee Jefferson – “The Art of Pilgrimage: From Jerusalem to Santiago”
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 “Art Tripping” – Art Trip to Speed Art Museum – October 7, 2017

Pre-Trip Talk on Tuesday, October 3rd
Talk and Trip led by Dr. Jay Bloom
$88 per person
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The oldest, largest, and most important art museum in Kentucky reopened last year after being shut for three years for a $60 million remake that tripled its gallery space and features a floating staircase, concrete walls with wood-like grain, a surrounding shallow geometric “lake,” a 150-seat theatre, an interactive children’s space, and an outside piazza for sculpture. 

To celebrate this exciting new Kentucky art resource, the Community Arts Center is sponsoring  “A Day at the Speed” from 9:45 am-5:00 pm on Saturday, October 7th. The program includes a pre-trip talk, “The Speed and Museums as Institutions”on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Jay Bloom, Associate Professor of Art at Centre, will give the Tuesday talk as well as serve as the guide during the museum visit on Saturday.  Bloom has led Centre and Vanderbilt student and alumni trips to The Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria, and is currently on the Board of Governors at the Speed. He has been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Belgian-American Educational Foundation.  Bloom has a B.A. in English and art history from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Duke.

The group, which will be limited to 25 members, will travel to Louisville on a Sandollar tour bus and have lunch at the indoor/outdoor Wiltshire Café that was created by prominent Louisville baker/restauranteur Susan Hershberg. During the pre-lunch session at the Speed, Bloom will talk about a few prominent works from the Speed’s two major collection.  Then, after lunch, he’ll focus on the Contemporary Gallery, which features a glass piece by Danville artist Stephen Powell.  There will also be time for exploring on your own.

The cost for the trip is $88.  This includes the preparatory talk, transportation, museum entry and tour, lunch at the Wiltshire Café, and all gratuities.

Register here.