“Modern Art 101” presented at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House this Summer

Patricia Briggs presents “Modern Art 101” in two informal slide lectures at the Fredonia Opera House as part of the Art & Architecture On Screen series.

Modern Art 101-Part One: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7-8:30pm

p0427hgcArt Historian Patricia Briggs presents two informal slide lectures that guide audience members through the basics of modernist abstraction during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Why did major modernist artists like Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gaugin, Paul Cezanne, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso turn away from naturalism and move toward abstraction? “Part One” focuses on Post Impressionism as it leads into Expressionism and features artists such as van Gogh, Gaugin, Cezanne and Matisse.  No prior background in art is necessary for this interactive presentation.

Modern Art 101 – Part Two: Thursday, August 10, 2017 – 7:00pm-8:30 pm

Kandinsky, Composition IV, 1911In “Part Two” in this series Briggs focuses on Cubism and Pure Abstraction and discusses artists such as Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian.  No prior background in art is necessary for this interactive presentation.

briggs_center-gallery2016.jpgDr. Patricia Briggs is Director and Curator of the art galleries at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. Before taking her position at JCC, Briggs taught art history and contemporary criticism at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has curated exhibitions and community projects at numerous museums throughout the Midwest, and her writing appears in many print and online journals including Artforum InternationalHistory of PhotographyWomen’s Art JournalArt on Paper and others.

She received her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota where she studied modern and contemporary art.  She writes the blog Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes http://artsceneunseen.com

Admission is FREE; goodwill donations supporting the Opera House will be accepted.

Location: 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia, NY 1406

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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