Art History

The Arts Center’s popular Tuesday art history lecture series will return in 2018! Speakers are still be confirmed but mark your calendars for February 13, 20, 27, and March 6th!

LWTA – Erika Holmquist-Wall
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Erika Holmquist-Wall

Lunch with the Arts: Erika Holmquist-Wall
“Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism”
Wednesday, January 17 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door – feel free to bring a lunch!

Erika Holmquist-Wall is the Chief Curator and Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture at the Speed Museum. She was appointed Chief Curator in 2017, succeeding Scott Erbes who held the position since 2013 (and who joined us for Lunch with the Arts in the fall of 2017). Erika is responsible for organizing future exhibitions, conservation and restoration, and acquisitions.

During her Lunch with the Arts presentation, Erika will introduce guests to the upcoming exhibit at the Speed Museum – “Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism,” on display February 17 to May 13, 2018. The exhibit surveys a key chapter in art history in which an international group of female artists overcame gender-based restrictions to make remarkable creative strides. The show features more than eighty paintings by thirty-seven artists from thirteen countries.

Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism expands our understanding of this rich art historical period and demonstrates the formative role women artists played in the major currents of European modernism, including Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism. The forward-thinking women represented in this exhibition not only created powerful paintings but also generated a momentum that has led toward a more egalitarian art world.”

LWTA – Ariel Winds
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Ariel Winds

Lunch with the Arts: Ariel Winds
Wednesday, January 31 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door – feel free to bring a lunch!

Ariel Winds is an all-female woodwind quintet. Founded at the Juilliard School in 1998, Ariel Winds consider themselves “messengers of music,” and have toured broadly across the United States. Hailed as “technically brilliant, refined and innovative,” Ariel Winds is known for connecting with audiences of all ages.

The group will perform works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Reicha. The quintet features Kathryn Farenish on flute, Erin Gustafson on oboe, Anthea Jackson on clarinet, Gili Sharett on bassoon, and Misty Tolle on horn. Ariel Winds has delighted listeners in some of North America’s most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. They were winners of the Artist International Auditions and recipients of a Chamber Music America Rural Residency in Stephenville, Texas.

Renowned for their fantastic family concerts and educational programs, Ariel Winds created interactive concerts for the NY Philharmonic School Partnership Program, the 92nd Street Y, and Young Audiences of New York and Connecticut. Members of the ensemble are graduates of the Juilliard School, McGill University, Boston University, and the Mannes School of Music.