Malkin Lecture Series: The Romance of the Sister Arts

November 15, 2011

The Romance of the Sister Arts:
The Aesthetic Movement in Britain and America

Doors Open at 6:00pm, Lecture Begins at 6:30pm

Sorry, this lecture is ~SOLD OUT~

Yale University Professor of Art History Tim Barringer will explore the relationship between music, painting and the decorative arts. The Aesthetic Movement was fascinated with synaesthesia-the relationship between sight and sound. “All art,” wrote Walter Pater in 1877, “constantly aspires to the condition of music.” Music is a powerful theme in the works of British painters Frederic Leighton and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It was also central to the work of the American expatriate James McNeill Whistler, who titled his canvases “Symphony in White” and “Nocturne in Blue and Gold.” This lecture explores, with visual and musical examples, the nature of this relationship, and looks beyond the fine arts to the elaborate decoration of music rooms in London and New York. The lecture concludes with an analysis of one of the most successful musical events of 1880–81 in both cities: Gilbert and Sullivan’s “original Aesthetic operetta,” Patience, which is a sparkling, affectionate satire of the Aesthetic Movement’s pretensions.

Tim Barringer was born and educated in England, and is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. He has written widely on British and American art and was co-curator of the award-winning exhibition American Sublime, organized by Tate Britain in London and seen at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites and Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain, and he co-edited Art and the British Empire and Frederic Leighton. Recent exhibition catalogues include Opulence and Anxiety: Landscape Paintings from the Royal Academy and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica.

Launched in 2007 as part of Park Avenue Armory’s inaugural season as a new cultural institution in New York City, the Malkin Lecture Series presents scholars and experts on topics relating to the Park Avenue Armory and its pivotal role in the civic, cultural and aesthetic evolution of New York City in the 19th and early-20th centuries.

The Malkin Lecture Series is funded by a generous grant from Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin and The Malkin Fund, Inc.

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Doors Open at 6:00pm
Lecture Begins at 6:30pm


Sorry, this lecture is ~SOLD OUT~

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