Spring Course: Art and its Publics, from the Renaissance to the Present
The Henry offers an interesting lecture series this Spring by Professor JoLynn Edwards. The series of 5 classes costs $80. For more information, visit the Henry Website at http://www.henryart.org
First Class: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
What lineages connect the Renaissance palazzi and churches to MOMA, Sotheby’s, and the buzz about the “creative economy” in our own day? Beginning with the thriving court and aristocratic patronage systems in Florence, Rome, Flanders, and Versailles, this course will trace the varied paths that lead to today’s art markets, philanthropy, and funding. We’ll visit The Netherlands and Paris of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to see how an expanding middle class and market economy affected the Old Masters. We’ll examine the nineteenth-century rise of art academies and the codification of the arts, as well as the increasing influence of museums, galleries, and art critics. Moving into the modern era, we’ll see how corporate and government arts funding and the market economics of the art sales room structure the contemporary creation, collection, and cultural consumption of art. Throughout we’ll return to the themes of prestige and social identity, luxury, connoisseurship, expanding publics, taste, and value that wind their way through this history.
JoLynn Edwards is Professor of Art History and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches courses on the cultural history of Paris and Rome, the comparative arts, and—drawing on her professional ballet background—European and American dance. Her research interests include the public and private histories of European art patrons, collectors, markets, and academies. She is a recipient of the 1996 UW Distinguished Teaching Award.