Museums à la Carte Lectures return to the Springfield Museums this Thursday, September 10, at 12:15 pm. The popular lunchtime series is now virtual!
“We know not everyone is ready or able to return to the Museums yet,” said Larissa Murray, Director of Education at the Springfield Museums. “We have such a loyal audience for these lectures and we think even more people have the potential for joining us if we go virtual. So we decided to try it.”
The popular lecture series explores art, history, and science. Sometimes it features a dramatic production or a musical presentation. All lectures will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. The Museums ask all to register in advance at springfieldmuseums.org. The cost is $2 Members, $4 nonmembers.
The season kicks off with Beyond the Plaster Casts: Charles Bargue’s Drawing Course Past and Present, presented by Peter Trippi, Art Historian and Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. This richly illustrated virtual discussion will highlight the striking plaster casts at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The plaster casts at the Smith Art Museum were once copied by drawing students to improve their understanding of the human form, the interaction of light and shadow, and other essential aspects of draftsmanship. Many of those students also copied the prints of historic sculptures illustrated in the French artist Charles Bargue’s Drawing Course (1868-71), which became a worldwide bestseller. This talk explores Bargue’s success back then and also why his curriculum has become popular again since its republication in 2003.