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CU at Joslyn Lecture Series Continues

CU at Joslyn Lecture Series Continues

The CU at Joslyn lecture series continues this month at Joslyn Art Museum.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Creighton University history professor Tracy Neal Leavelle will discuss “Plains Encounters and Artistic Expression in Nineteenth-Century America” The meeting of Karl Bodmer and the Mandan artist Yellow Feather sparked artistic and personal exchanges that shaped visual culture across the West in the 19th century. The introduction of new materials, forms, and visual idioms led to the emergence of nnovative modes of expression that more fully interpreted life on the Plains from early contact through the battle of Little Big Horn.

Admission is free.

The popular lecture series --now in its third year—is presented by Creighton faculty, at Joslyn, on selected Saturdays, September through April. Offered in partnership with Creighton’s University College, CU at Joslyn includes a mixture of fascinating topics – each linked in some way to Joslyn’s building, collections, or exhibitions.

Future Presentations:

Feb. 16 –10:30 a.m. Francis Bacon and the Nature of Beauty Richard White professor of Philosophy Francis Bacon was one of the most important painters of the 20th century; and yet his paintings are often quite disturbing and unsettling. This raises the interesting question of the relationship between art and beauty: does all great art have to be “beautiful”? Beauty tends to calm us and reassure us, but Bacon’s paintings do not work in this way—does this mean that he is not a good artist, or is art something more than beauty?

March 15 –10:30 am Representing the Mystical Experience in El Greco, Juan de la Cruz, and José de Ribera Frederic Conrod, Asst. Prof., Modern Languages and Literatures As Michel de Certeau points out in the Fable Mystique, mysticism is about projecting a subject into an ‘order of corruption’ from which he must journey to find salvation. This exploration of paintings by El Greco and Ribera and the poetry of Juan de la Cruz will reveal thematic connections and artistic inventions that Spanish artists developed to explore multiple dimensions of the mystical.

April 12–10:30 am The Joslyn Augustus and Portraiture of the First Roman Emperor Greg Bucher, Assoc. Prof., Classical and Near Eastern Studies Augustus (reigned 30 BCE-14 CE), used sculpted portraits as a powerful means of communicating the ideals of his regime to peers, rivals, and people. The surviving portraits are masterpieces of Roman art, and Joslyn is fortunate to own an intriguing little marble head of Augustus. We will survey Augustan portraiture to form a background against which to study the Joslyn head.

For more information about the lecture series contact the Joslyn Art Museum at 402.342.3300 or visit on the web at:

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