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VIRTUAL LECTURE – Further Afield | Captive Objects: Catholic Artifacts Across the Early Modern Mediterranean

Daniel Hershenzon, associate professor, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut
Catholic artifacts—rosaries, relics, paintings, and more—circulated in the thousands in the early modern, western Mediterranean, crisscrossing religious boundaries. This mobility was largely a byproduct of piracy, to which 2–3 million Christians and Muslims fell fate between 1500 and 1800. This talk examines how objects trapped in the plunder economy became the center of the conflicting claims made by Catholic captives, renegades (captives who had converted to Islam), Moroccan sultans, and Algerian pashas. We will see how captivity transformed religious artifacts into religious boundary markers within and among religions.

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Digital Drawing from the Masters

Ian O’Brien, artist. Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction remotely over Zoom as artist Ian M. O’Brien leads you through a work of art in the Meadows Museum’s collection. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 13 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels.

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VIRTUAL LECTURE – Fashion and Fantasy in Eighteenth-Century France and Spain

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historian, curator, and journalist During Spain’s Golden Age, its fashions were admired and imitated across Europe. But the decline of Spanish power and the ascendancy of France under Louis XIV shifted the axis of fashion, art, and culture to Paris. Eighteenth-century travelers remarked that Spanish women dressed in “modern French fashion,” but their French counterparts increasingly looked to Spain’s past glories for inspiration. Neither antique nor modern, traditional Spanish costume was a picturesque and timeless alternative to the increasingly fickle fashions of the era, inspiring masquerade, theater, and court costumes as well as genre scenes and portraits à l’espagnole. Once easily distinguishable from French fashion, Spanish style began to permeate everyday dress and by the reign of Louis XVI, even the royal family embraced the new Spanish-accented rustic elegance. This lecture explores the relationship between French and Spanish fashion during the eighteenth century. This program is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain.

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GALLERY TALK – The Clothes Make the Man: Masculinity and Fashion at the Meadows

Amy Freund, associate professor and Kleinheinz Family Endowed Chair in Art History, SMU.

This program is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain.

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Drawing from the Masters

Ian O’Brien, artistEnjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Free with regular museum admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis.

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LUIS MARTÍN LECTURE SERIES IN THE HUMANITIES | Scratching the Surface: A History of Paintings Conservation (online/in-person)

This program runs for five Fridays from October 15-November 12.

Claire Barry, Director of Paintings Conservation Emerita, Kimbell Art Museum. This lecture series will use case studies to illuminate the evolution of conservation practices and theory over time. Five topics will be explored: painting materials; examination techniques; structural work; cleaning and varnishing; and compensation of losses. Throughout the series, the important role that collaboration between conservator, curator and conservation scientist plays in decisions in the treatment of paintings will be discussed. The importance of conservation training, proper documentation, and the practice of reversibility in conservation treatment will be examined as individual case studies are explored.

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MOVIES WITH THE MEADOWS | The Disenchantment (El Desencanto) (1976), directed by Jaime Chavarri

Aaron Shulman, authorMovies with the Meadows pairs scholar and screen. Registration includes a link to stream the film at your leisure October 6–8 and a link to a live Zoom talk on October 7 to explore the film in more depth with Aaron Shulman, author of The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (2019). The cult documentary El Desencanto (The Disenchantment) is the collective story of the Paneros, a brilliant and tormented Spanish family whose eccentricities, incendiary declarations, and taboo-smashing exhibitionism turned them into a cultural phenomenon in Spain in 1976, when this film was released. A national classic, it is esteemed and remembered both for the role it played in the country’s transition to democracy and for the singular testimonies of the Panero family.

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VIRTUAL TALK – Further Afield | Incarnating Black Sanctity: Fleshtones and “Lifelikeness” in Baroque Spanish Sculpture

Erin Rowe, associate professor of history, Johns Hopkins UniversityThis talk explores the contrast between representations of Black and White saints in Baroque Spanish polychromed sculpture. The process of painting fleshtones was key to Baroque artistic techniques of creating lifelike figural sculpture. Examining the distinct artistic choices made in painting fleshtones for Black and White saints reveals the spiritual meanings artists wished to convey about blackness and holiness.

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GALLERY TALK – Image and Identity: Mexican Fashion in the Modern Period

Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink, 2020-21 Center for Spain in America (CSA) Curatorial Fellow, Meadows Museum

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Drawing from the Masters

Ian O’Brien, artist. Enjoy afternoons of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads you through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Free with regular museum admission; no advance registration required. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis.

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