Speakers BureauTalks and Living History Presentations for Your Community
Art: History and Appreciation
Talks with the Art: History and Appreciation theme:
Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense- Rick Winston discusses the evolution of Alfred Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationships with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor.
All the Film’s A Stage- Join Rick Winston in an exploration of how cinema has portrayed what goes into a theater production, from audition to rehearsal to performance.
An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan- Douglas Brooks shares his experience apprenticing with Japanese boat builders, participating in the country's rich history of traditional arts and crafts.
Cartooning Reconsidered- James Sturm explores a brief history of the language and art of comics, and the new ways that cartooning and visual storytelling are changing the world.
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Lewis Chessmen- Nancy Marie Brown discusses the Lewis Chessmen, which present a capsule history of the Vikings in the North Atlantic, when the sea-road connected countries we think of as culturally distinct.
New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950- William Hosley tells the story of the New England painters, printmakers and photographers who used our history, landscape, environment, and traditional industries as subject matter and muse.
The Hollywood Blacklist- Through film clips and discussion, Rick Winston explores the origins of the blacklist in Hollywood’s labor unrest and what led to its ultimate end.
The Postmodern Turn in Architecture- David Mills explores the ways in which opposing theories of human nature have shaped and reshaped the designs and skylines of contemporary cities.
The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau- Rob Mermin explores the metaphors of mime technique—what mime master Marcel Marceau called "the silent language of the soul."
Vermont Folk Art- Jane Beck discusses the process of learning a traditional art, life crises that spur the creation of folk art, and the emotional bond that exists between the maker and the receiver of a folk art object.
What is Art?- David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference, imagining art history as an ongoing conversation.