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Pleasure and Power: Art in the 18th Century

When:
May 9th
@
Time:
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Past Event
Free with Museum Admission
Contact:
Where:
Museum of Art

 

On May 9, 6-7PM, New College students will be stationed in front of a selection of artworks in the eighteenth-century galleries of the Ringling Museum of Art (galleries 15-18), and will discuss their selected artworks while taking on the role of a relevant eighteenth-century historical figure or type, whether the artist, one of the depicted subjects, an art critic, an art dealer, or someone else entirely.

This event is inspired by the efforts of Dr. Melissa Hyde (Professor of Art History, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and UF Research Foundation Professor at the University of Florida) to bring the Eighteenth Century to life in the recent exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection. Hyde wrote the central exhibition catalogue essay in the character of a fictional woman artist, “Adèle Pastel.” This type of narrative “promenade” through the exhibition, a device frequently used in eighteenth-century art criticism, was both true to the period and a means of enlivening it for the present-especially when an actor in costume took on the role of Adèle Pastel at the Harn Museum, performing a dramatic reading of the essay as a tour of the actual exhibition. Thanks to the Mellon-funded Connecting the Arts and the Humanities on Florida's Creative Coast, students were able to discuss their artworks, and bringing the Eighteenth Century to life, directly with Dr. Hyde.

a
four
-
hour
, two
-
part
documentary
,
explores the
colorful history of
this popular,
influential
and
distinctly American
form
of entertainment
, from the first one
-
ring show at the end of the 18th
century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros.
and
Barnum & Bailey big top wa
s
pulled down for the last time
. Written, directed and produced by Sharon
Grimberg and
e
xecutive produced by Mark Samel
s,
The Circ
us
premiere
s
on
A
MERICAN
E
XPERIENCE
Monday and Tuesday, October 8
-
9, 2018, 9:00
-
11:00 p.m. ET (
check local listings
)
on PBS
.
a
four
-
hour
, two
-
part
documentary
,
explores the
colorful history of
this popular,
influential
and
distinctly American
form
of entertainment
, from the first one
-
ring show at the end of the 18th
century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros.
and
Barnum & Bailey big top wa
s
pulled down for the last time
. Written, directed and produced by Sharon
Grimberg and
e
xecutive produced by Mark Samel
s,
The Circ
us
premiere
s
on
A
MERICAN
E
XPERIENCE
Monday and Tuesday, October 8
-
9, 2018, 9:00
-
11:00 p.m. ET (
check local listings
)
on PBS
.
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