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Lectures in March 2016

Käthe Kollwitz and the Polarity of Beauty: Nietzsche or the "Silesian Angel"?- Lecture by Joseph McVeigh

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
  • 7 PM
  • The art of Käthe Kollwitz has been largely defined by its focus on the poor and the oppressed, and the artist herself has been cast as "the voice of the silence of the suffering people" (Romain Rolland). And yet, such a public image ignores some foundational sources of her creativity that are drawn from the solidly middle-class cultural norms of the "Bildungsbürger", i.e. those of German high culture, as well as from an almost mystical inwardness, cultural elements not typically associated with the working classes of her time. Her reflections on art in her diary led her to recognize a certain indebtedness to a wide range of cultural influences, from the 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to the 17th century mystic, Angelus Silesius ("The Silesian Angel"). Professor of German Studies at Smith College, Joseph McVeigh will explore these influences and their import for her work in a lecture. 

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Predicated Internationalism: 'Peripheries' and the Global Work of Art- Lecture

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016
  • Graham Hall
  • 5 PM
  • Caroline Jones, Professor and Director, History, Theory + Criticism, Department of Architecture, MIT   

    Professor Jones studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. This is the opening lecture in the colloquium, “Future Fields: ‘Global’ Methodologies and Art of the Middle East.” A reception in the Brown Fine Arts Center atrium will follow the talk.

    Admission is free and open to all | No reservations—general seating 

    Support for this program has been provided by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith, the Smith College Lecture Committee, the Emily Hall Tremaine Symposium Fund of the Smith College Museum of Art, and the Smith College Art Department.

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