Distinguished Professor Series

Sponsored by The Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation

This program provides some of the most eminent colleges and universities with a unique opportunity to connect with their Florida alumni by sharing recent scholarship with Museum members and the public. The Museum partners with a limited number of institutions to offer this elite series of informative and enlightening presentations each winter.

Individual Tickets: $35 ($15 Museum Members)
Alumni/ae of featured schools enjoy the Museum membership price

Linda Muehlig
Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs
Smith College Museum of Art
Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade
February 25, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

Mary Bauermeister is an important post-war German artist whose work is well known in Europe, but less so in the United States, where she lived and worked for a decade during the tumultuous 1960s. In her native Cologne she hosted groundbreaking performances by avant-garde artists Nam June Paik, John Cage and other Fluxus artists, before leaving for New York, inspired by seeing Robert Rauschenberg’s combines for the first time. In the U.S. she developed her signature lens boxes and continued to work in a variety of media, including stone reliefs, drawings and prints. She also engaged in important collaborative works with her partner and later husband Karlheinz Stockhausen, the great avatar of electronic music.

Ian Berry
Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum
Skidmore College
Jewel Thieves and Score Arrangers: Contemporary Artists in Context
March 4, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

In the current state of the art world today, what are the ways in which artists become “famous”? Inventive installations of abstract painting, new art and music, and surveys of modern masters such as Nancy Grossman, Terry Adkins, and Sister Corita Kent will inform this illustrated study of innovative artists and exhibitions. This review of collaborative projects between the artist and museum will expose shifting curatorial roles among different kinds of presentations to reveal new ways of seeing cutting edge contemporary art.

Kimberly Morse Jones
Assistant Professor of Art History
Sweet Briar College
James McNeill Whistler: Fashioning an Artistic Persona and Legacy
March 11, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

A tough nut to crack, James McNeill Whistler has been the topic of myriad biographies and monographs, all of which claim to peel back the layers of his thorny personality. Though each achieves this with varying degrees of success, the artist continues to defy clear understanding due in part to the well-crafted persona he fashioned for himself from suing the preeminent art critic John Ruskin for libel after he lambasted his painting to retaliating against critics by publishing a compilation of criticism regarding his work, Whistler had a penchant for controversy. These cause celebres and others like them were part of a calculated strategy to propel his work into the spotlight both during his lifetime and after his death. This presentation will explore the various ways in which Whistler manipulated his public image, which, in addition to the sheer brilliance of his work, account for his enduring legacy.

Bruce Boucher , Ph.D.
Director, Fralin Museum of Art
University of Virginia
How Jefferson's Misinterpretation Led to His Masterpiece: The Lawn of the University of Virginia
March 18, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

The Lawn of the University of Virginia is one of the great architectural masterpieces of America. It embodies not only Jefferson’s belief in the power of knowledge, but also the symbolic form in which it could be manifested in a university setting. In his designs, he employed the classical orders to embody a hierarchy of knowledge on the Lawn, from colonnades to the pavilions, and, of course, the central Rotunda. In doing so, he also indulged in a degree of “creative misinterpretation” about his sources.

Eugene J. Johnson , Ph.D.
Amos Lawrence Professor of Art
Williams College
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Landscape
March 25, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

From the beginning of his long career to the end, Frank Lloyd Wright fused his buildings to their settings with a unique sensitivity to natural forms. “Falling Water,” probably his most famous design, is but one of scores of examples. The lecture will analyze some of these to try to define this aspect of Wright’s genius.

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VBMA Adult Public Programs Refund Policy
All Sales Are Final; please review your reservations carefully before submitting. We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges. However, the value of cancelled reservations may qualify as a tax-deductible donation; please notify the Museum at your earliest opportunity before the program date. Occasionally, programs are cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond the Museum’s control. When this occurs, you may elect to have your reservation honored for the rescheduled date or you may receive a refund if applicable. In some cases, the performance contract may set refund limitations. All refunds or exchanges are subject to a $10 non-refundable convenience fee.


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