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Carving Out Tradition: Wood as Artistic Material

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bathers Tossing Reeds, 1909, Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Bathers Tossing Reeds, 1909, Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Carving Out Tradition: Wood as Artistic Material
Two-Point Perspective Gallery Talk

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. Lynette Roth, Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums

German artists of the 20th century, most famously Brücke expressionists, consciously employed the medium of wood in their practice, playing up its associations with the medieval and “primitive” traditions. In conjunction with a special display focusing on disparate objects made from the same material, Hamburger and Roth will discuss the intersections between medieval and modern art in wood, from a 15th-century Madonna and Child to expressionist printmaking and sculpture.

This series considers objects from more than one point of view. The informal talks, many of them by Harvard Art Museums curators, conservators, and educators and Harvard University faculty members, are designed to stimulate thinking about works of art and to encourage participants to explore their own ways of seeing.

Free with the price of admission.

Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.

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