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SharePrint Controversies in Modern Art

June 23, 2019

Charleston, Kanawha


The series concludes on June 23 with Marshall University art history professor Dr. Heather Stark talking about “Controversies in Modern Art.” The 19th and 20th centuries introduced a plethora of new forms of visual representation to the public, many of which were rejected or their legitimacy as art challenged. Dr. Stark will discuss three such controversial works and the controversies they provoked – James Whistler’s 1877 libel suit against critic John Ruskin, Constantin Brancusi’s 1926 modern sculpture Bird in Space that led to a trial over what constitutes a work of art, and Maya Lin’s design of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial that was dedicated in 1982.

Little Lectures are presented on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. at our headquarters located at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, in the parlor of MacFarland-Hubbard House. Seating is limited (thus “Little” Lectures) and reservations are suggested. Admission is $10 per person and includes refreshments after the lecture. Call Mark Payne at 304.346.8500 or email payne@wvhumanities.org for further information.



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