Art Talks @ the Whitby Public Library

Join Station Gallery Curator Olex Wlasenko for this dynamic 5-part lecture series at the Whitby Public Library’s (Central Branch) every second Thursday in early 2020. Expand your appreciation of art and culture with these popular art talks with the perfect blend of scholarly information, academic influence, humour and approachability.

When our Souls Dream
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 PM
It’s Black History Month and this sequel illustrated art talk will expand and explore the vibrant visual culture of Africa, the Caribbean and their respective diasporic communities around the globe.

The Secret Lives of Paintings
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 PM
Historically, painters relied on allegory and symbolism to tell esoteric tales. Some even concealed hidden meanings that remained hidden for centuries. During this hour-long discussion, we’ll crack cryptic codes and uncover astonishing enigmas left behind by artists.

Visual Gags: Humour & Art
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 PM
Visual Art doesn’t always take itself so seriously. During this encore presentation, we’ll take a walk on the lighter side of visual culture to explore the many shades of funny: satire, irony, slapstick, abjection, deadpan, and plays with language.

It’s a Small World
Thursday, May 14, 7:00 PM
Despite their stature, miniatures have played a huge role in visual culture. In this encore hour presentation we’ll survey mini artworks and explore how contemporary artists employ model-making, “greebling” and “kitbashing” as a powerful means of expression.

Art Deco: High Style for a Jazz Age
Thursday, June 11, 7:00 PM
Fifty years ago, Art Deco gained currency as a broadly applied stylistic label to a movement that developed in the 1920s and 30s. Along with SG Curator Olex, we’ll explore representations of luxury, glamour and exuberance. Fine craftsmanship, rich materials, geometric formsthese are some hallmarks that defined this audacious interwar artistic moment.

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