Virtual conference to cover “Visual culture: issues and institutions”
The Mid-Century Moment series from Maine will feature a virtual conference, “Visual Culture: Issues and Institutions,” at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 12.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
The Colby College Museum of Art will host a panel discussion on a wide range of mid-century Maine visual culture. The program will expose the audience to some of the rich visual creations produced in, by, and for the state during this time, and ask them to consider how the state was represented in the images, their larger impacts, and the many ways Maine became the host of so many artists during this period.
The University of Maine at Augusta’s Maine’s Mid-Century Moment is a series of talks about the humanities at several locations in the state, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Lisa Botshon, professor of English at the University of Maine in Augusta and project director of Maine’s Mid-Century Moment, will lead the 90-minute discussion with four academics and art critics, each speaking for 15 minutes, followed by questions and answers.
Carl Little, director of communications at the Maine Community Foundation and author of 25 art books, will provide a broad perspective on the 1930s Maine art scene, ranging from the advent of art schools to Ogunquit and Goose Rocks Beach. , at the summer artists’ colony on Monhegan Island.
Daniel Kany, art critic for the Portland Press Herald, will provide an overview of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, focusing on Ashley Bryan and mid-century Maine.
Natasha Goldman, Art History Research Associate at Bowdoin College, will discuss William Zorach’s sculpture in Bath, “Spirit of the Sea,” in terms of other public art works, including its submission to the 1949 New York City Holocaust Commission. Memorial.
Libby Bischof, professor of history and executive director of the Osher Map Library and the Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine, will discuss the emergence and flowering of the postcard from Maine in the midst of the century.
To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/mid-century-visual-culture-issues-and-institutions-tickets-158957591435. A Zoom link will be provided.