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Release Date: October 19, 2007

National Gallery of Art Announces 2007 Fall Lecture Program

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art’s 2007 Fall Lecture Program includes talks on current and upcoming exhibitions, the Italian Baroque, an opera inspired by Edward Hopper’s paintings, the double life of J.M.W. Turner, painting for profit in 17th-century Rome, artists of India, and more. Most of the talks are illustrated. Several book signings and a public symposium are scheduled, also.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis, in the East Building Auditorium. Lectures that are followed by book signings or panel discussions are noted.

2007 Fall Lectures (October–December 2007)

October 21
2:00 pm
The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-garde, 1922-1947
Partha Mitter, professor emeritus of art history, University of Sussex
Book signing to follow

October 28
2:00 pm
“Enshrined in mystery, and the object of profound speculation”: The Double Life of J.M.W. Turner
Gillian Forrester, associate curator of prints and drawings, Yale Center for British Art

October 29 (Monday)
12:10 and 1:10 pm
East Building Small Auditorium
“This artist has a poetic verve”: Pierre-Paul Prud’hon at the
Salon of 1808

Elizabeth Rudy, graduate curatorial intern, National Gallery of Art

November 4
2:00 pm
Edward Hopper Goes to the Movies: Silence and Sound in Painting and Film
Charles O'Brien, associate professor, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa

November 5 (Monday)
12:10 and 1:10 pm
East Building Small Auditorium
The Discourse of Images in Sixteenth-Century Mexico
Elizabeth Boone, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art

November 10 (Saturday)
East Building Auditorium
Public Symposium: The Art of the American Snapshot,

Illustrated lectures by noted scholars, collectors, and photographers

November 11
2:00 pm
The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
Aunt Gertrude to Sydney J. Freedberg: My Provenance
Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

November 18
2:00 pm
Painting for Profit in Seventeenth-Century Rome
Richard Spear, Jay Professor of Art History Emeritus, Oberlin College
and Visiting Professor of Art History, University of Maryland, College Park

November 19 (Monday)
12:10 and 1:10 pm
East Building Small Auditorium
Andrew Krieger: Deep Ellum and Acceptable Detours en Route
Andrew Krieger, senior art services specialist, National Gallery of Art

November 25
2:00 pm
Paul Mellon: In His Own Words (lecture and film)
Film introduction by Joseph Krakora, executive officer of development and external affairs, National Gallery of Art

December 2
2:00 pm
Meet the Composer and Panel Discussion
John Musto, composer; Mark Campbell, librettist; Stephen Ackert, moderator; and the cast of Later the Same Evening: an opera inspired by five paintings of Edward Hopper
The opera will be performed at 6:30 p.m.

December 3 (Monday)
12:10 and 1:10 pm
East Building Small Auditorium
"A Quiet Normal Life": Thirty Years in Journals
Charles Ritchie, associate curator of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art

December 9
2:00 pm
In Search of the Essay-Film
Phillip Lopate, professor of English and John Cranford Adams Chair, Hofstra University

December 10 (Monday)
12:10 and 1:10 pm
East Building Small Auditorium
Fragments of Europe Surrounded by Alligators
Nicholas Penny, senior curator of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art

December 16
2:00 pm
The Young Velázquez and a Rediscovered Altarpiece
John Marciari, Nina and Lee Griggs Associate Curator of Early European Art,
Yale University Art Gallery

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