Tuesday Tea Talks Spring 2020
Second Tuesdays in the East Gallery. Tea and light refreshments follow each program. Free and open to the public.
February 11, 3 p.m.
In 1988, Zhāng Péilì recorded himself breaking and repairing a mirror over three painstaking hours in a work titled 30 x 30, today considered the first video art by an artist in China. Curatorial Assistant Emma Laube ’17 discusses her exhibition Boredom Aesthetics: The Early Videos of Zhāng Péilì, examining television and avant-garde culture in late 20th-century China.
March 10, 3 p.m.
Alexandra Letvin, assistant curator of European and American art, focuses on the Allen’s newly acquired Cross with Virgin, Christ, and Saints in her talk, “The Visual Culture of Colonial Peru.” She speaks about this work from 18th-century Cuzco in the context of artistic and religious practice in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru.
April 14, 3 p.m.
A talk by senior art history major Peri Levin will be available on Facebook at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. Levin, recipient of this year's AMAM Student Paper Prize, presents, Fear of Lucretia: The Strategic Duality of a 16th -Century Wedding Gift, in a video about Domenico Beccafumi's painting Lucretia. Intended for a married couple’s bedroom, the painting depicts the ancient Roman character Lucretia committing suicide in the wake of a violent rape. This genre of images was popular in gifts on the occasion of elite weddings, and served to intimidate its wifely audience. A forum for questions will follow.
May 12, 3 p.m.
Chinese decorative arts frequently feature symbols and motifs believed to attract good fortune or repel dangerous forces. In his talk, “Warding Off Evil on the Dragon Boat Festival: The Complex Symbolism of Auspicious Still Life,” Kevin R. E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, takes a deep dive into the symbols in an 18th-century painting that is newly on view.