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August 29, 2017 – 6:00 pm

Art History Class: Contemporary Matters

Presented by Mark Scala, chief curator

Tuesdays, August 15, 22, and 29, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Frist Center Rechter Room
$30 members; $40 not-yet-members (for all three classes). Ages 18 and older only, please
Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

The millions of artworks made each year form an increasingly complex tapestry of ideas and techniques, new uses of technology, and reflections on a wide range of personal and societal concerns. How does one negotiate this dizzying multiplicity to determine artistic value and significance? In this three-part class, participants will be introduced to works that reflect contemporary life with originality, power, and beauty. Experience the challenges of connoisseurship—that is, making informed judgments about quality—while exploring some of the most significant trends among artists today.

Nathalie Miebach (b. 1972). O Fortuna, Sandy Spins, 2013. Reed, wood, rope, bamboo, and weather data, 24 x 18 x 18 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist


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