Lectures & Discussions
Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
“Drop Me Off in Harlem!”
Modernist Aesthetics & the American Artist

February 22 • 6p
FIA Theater
Free to the public

Guest Lecturer
Kelli Morgan

Known as an era of burgeoning Black cultural production, the Harlem Renaissance was a combination of artists, patrons, writers, musicians, intellectuals, and performers working in and through modernist forms to express the multidimensionality of African American life. Centering the New Negro Movement and complicating the narrative of American Modernism, Kelli Morgan, Lowe Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, analyzes some of the Renaissance’s most popular artworks, literature, figures, and debates.

Curator, author, teacher and lecturer Kelli Morgan holds both a B.A. in African American Studies and an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Wayne State University. Morgan has worked in a variety of curatorial, programming, and research positions at various institutions, including Wayne State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. A visual imagery analyst, Morgan examines the ways in which people construct visual discourses, conceptualize images, and sometimes resist these discourses. Her interdisciplinary research concentrates on African American visual culture, linking Art History, Women’s Studies, African American History, and Museum Studies to consider the complex ways that Black women artists visualize, represent, and reappropriate images of minority women to challenge mainstream visual discourses concerning beauty and sexuality.

Henry Bannarn<br />
American, 1910–1965<br />
<em>Ironing Day</em>, 1949<br />
Gouache on board<br />
20 x 16 inches. <br />
Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, Inlander Collection, L2003.36
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Henry Bannarn
American, 1910–1965
Ironing Day, 1949
Gouache on board
20 x 16 inches.
Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, Inlander Collection, L2003.36

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

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Book Discussion
The Danish Girl
By David Ebershoff

Part I: Art Lecture | March 22 • 1:30p
Part II: Book Discussion | April 5 • 1:30p

Isabel Hall
Free to the public

Set against the glitz and glamour of 1920s Copenhagen, Paris, and Dresden, this stunning first novel explores the boundaries of sex and gender, love and marriage, and the journey to become oneself.

Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. The Danish Girl’s lush prose and generous emotional insight make it, after the last page is turned, a deeply moving novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century.

The Danish Girl
FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selection. Two weeks later, the book is discussed. These free programs are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30p.
Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
The Fiery & the Fallen
The Early History of Angels & Demons

Part I • April 19 • 6p | Part II • April 26 • 6p
FIA Theater
Free to the public

Dr. Justin SledgeGuest Lecturer
Dr. Justin Sledge

Angels and demons have inspired and haunted the imagination of the western world for thousands of years, yet their origin is mysterious. Unmentioned in the traditional account of creation found in Genesis, they light up the prophetic works of Ezekiel and Isaiah. Despite this obscurity, they pepper the art of the middle ages and are said to possess the souls of ancients and moderns alike.

What are these creatures? How did the idea of angels and demons develop over the ages? The tradition gives us a varied and often shocking vision of them: six-winged beings made of fire; powerful entities that descend from heaven to mate with human women; spirits left without bodies as the first Sabbath fell and God rested; frightening soldiers which guard the heavenly palaces; horrors which stalk in the darkness. How do we make sense of these legends? How did other ancient near eastern cultures influence the Israelite/Jewish conceptions of these entities?

Join Dr. Justin Sledge in a two-part lecture series on the early history of angels and demons. In the first, Dr. Sledge will trace the earliest Israelite, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Zoroastrian accounts of these intriguing creatures. We will tour the rich tapestry of creatures said to act as intermediaries and messengers of the Gods visiting revelation and woe upon human kind.

In his second lecture, Dr. Sledge will take up the flowering of angels and demons around the time of the second Jewish Temple­—from roughly the lifetime of Jesus up to the time of the writing of the Babylonian Talmud. It is during this period that angels and demons take the character of the entities well-known to us in mythology, lore, and pop culture.

Giovanni della Robbia (attributed to), Figure of an Angel, late 15th/early 16th centur
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Giovanni della Robbia (attributed to)
Italian, 1469–1529
Figure of an Angel, late 15th/early 16th century
Tin-glazed earthenware
26 x 9 x 9 inches
Gift of Mrs. Viola E. Bray, FIA 2005.153

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

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