The century of the French Moderns brought in turbulent change and innovation, not only in the art world, but in society, literature, and politics. A fall lecture series from Rock Island Library and Augustana College will ponder some of those changes.
The century of the French Moderns brought in turbulent change and innovation, not only in the art world, but also in society, literature, and politics.
The 2018 Frieze Lecture series, presented by the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College, will ponder some of those changes with a look at other "Modern Lives" in France and beyond. The 21st annual lecture partnership takes its thematic cue from an community wide celebration of all things French as part of the Figge Museum exhibition, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950.
The series of four lectures by Augustana College professors are from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, on Tuesdays from October 23 through November 13, in the Community Room of the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. Topics and presenters include:
Free coffee, cookies. and conversation follow each lecture. All lectures are free and open to the public, and do not require registration.
The Frieze Lecture Series was created by the late Ruth Evelyn Katz, a library board member, to celebrate the library's 125th anniversary. The name comes from the architectural feature around the top of the downtown library building. The authors carved into the sandstone are Homer, Longfellow, Emerson, Virgil, Hugo, Shakespeare, Goethe, Burns, Hawthorne, (Esaias) Tegner, and (George) Bancroft. Though not well known today, the names of Tegner, a Swedish poet, and Bancroft, a naval historian, would have been familiar to 1903 residents.
French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, brings the world-renowned collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York to the Quad Cities, showcasing 60 paintings and sculptures by some of the world’s most treasured artists.