Palm Springs Art Museum is proud to present the line up for its Mondays @ The Museum lecture series beginning November 12. Bringing together various perspectives on works of art, this season’s lectures are inspired by objects in the permanent collection or on display. All lectures are held at Annenberg Theater from 1-3 p.m. on six select Mondays through April.
The lineup is as follows:
Monday, November 12: California Landscapes
Featuring: Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad, Collector; Steven Biller, Editor-in-Chief, Palm Springs Life; Amy Scott, PhD, Chief Curator, Autry Museum of the American West
Artist James Swinnerton connects these speakers, as Museum Trustee Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad expands on her connection to his paintings, and Steven Biller shares thoughts about contemporary desert art and culture. Amy Scott presents on changing representations of western lands leading up to and during Swinnerton’s era, featuring signature paintings from the Autry Museum of the American West and Palm Springs Art Museum collections.
Monday, November 19: Native American Collections
Featuring: Christine Giles, Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum; Cara Romero, Artist; Diego Romero, Artist
Following an overview of the Museum’s Native American collection, contemporary Native American artists Cara Romero and Diego Romero present their recent work, including Cara’s First American Girl Series: “Naomi,” a recent museum acquisition, and Diego’s urban style pottery that balances popular imagery with historic pueblo pottery.
Monday, December 10: Agnes Pelton and Spiritual Modernism
Featuring: Mara Gladstone, PhD, Associate Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum; Nancy Sheley, PhD, Agnes Pelton Society; Karen Moss, PhD, Art Historian/Curator/Writer
Pelton is known for her modernist paintings, especially her light-filled, vibrant abstractions that reflect her interest in spirituality and her inspiration from the desert landscape. Art Historian Karen Moss will examine Pelton and other women artists whose art also engages with ideas of nature and spirituality, transcendence and illumination. Nancy Sheley’s Bringing Light to Life is a short narrative performance drawn from Pelton’s personal letters, diary entries and the artist’s early reviews.
Monday, January 28, 2019: Alexander Calder and Modernist Icons
Featuring: Gwendolyn Weiner, Collector; Steven A. Nash, PhD, Art Historian and former Palm Springs Art Museum Executive Director
The Weiner Family Collection established the Museum’s remarkable selection of modernist sculpture.
Collector and Museum Trustee Gwendolyn Weiner talks about her collecting practices related to this significant group of works, including Alexander Calder’s Lizard. Steven Nash will continue with an art historical overview of Calder and Modernism, with reference to significant markers of the period, and highlights from The Weiner Family Collection.
Monday, February 4, 2019: Depicting the Figure
Featuring: Donna MacMillan, Collector; David Evans Frantz, Associate Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum; Ryan Linkof, Curator, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
From representing the body as an idealist form to invoking the figure as an expressive site of political consciousness, artists have been inspired by the human form throughout time. This presentation – accompanying the exhibition Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert – explores a diverse range of celebrated works and lesser known gems of modern and contemporary art by Antony Gormley, Duane Hansen, Jacques Lipchitz, Manuel Neri, Jaume Plensa, and Alison Saar, among many others.
Monday, April 1, 2019: Contemporary Photography
Featuring: David Knaus, Collector; Mara Gladstone, PhD, Associate Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum;
Susan Laxton, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art, UCR
The series closes with a focus on modern and contemporary photography, from Atget and Man Ray to
Linda Connor, Arthur Tress, and Christina Fernandez. Art collector David Knaus outlines his interest in the medium and University of California Riverside’s Susan Laxton lectures on the history of critical photographic practice spanning the 19th to 21st centuries.