Carnegie to Host Free Modernism Lecture on Sunday

Noel Daniel|

This weekend, the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock looks to introduce area residents to the movement that completely changed the world's way of thinking: modernism.

This Sunday’s lecture in the Fall 2013 Sunday Arts Lecture series titled “Guess what? – an assault on common sense by Picasso, the Bloomsbury group, and other modernists” will focus on how intellectual and social developments posed challenges to Victorian-era thought habits. This lecture, starting at 2 p.m., is just one of the many that surround the Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics exhibit that will be on display until Jan. 15.

“I’ll be talking about fiction, poetry, painting and film, all in the context of social and intellectual developments such as Freudian psychology, Einstein’s theory of relativity, the growth of cities, World War I and changing gender roles,” said Jesse Wolfe, Associate Professor at California State University, Stanislaus and lecturer for this week’s Sunday Arts Series.
Wolfe will also be covering a number of artists, authors and philosophers, among them Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster and John Maynard Keynes. Each artist influenced the modernist movement in their own unique way.

“My presentation will have various facets,” Wolfe added. “I'll talk and supply handouts; I'll show video clips with music and, at the end, there will be Q-and-A time, during which I look forward to questions. The give-and-take interaction with other people is my favorite part.”

This lecture series is completely free and open to the public. All are welcomed to come and watch this and future lectures given by artists and experts in a wide range of topics.

“I would encourage anybody who has any kind of interest in different art forms—from film and digital art to poetry and literature— [to attend],” said Lisa McDermott, Assistant Director of the Carnegie Arts Center.

The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway Ave. in Turlock.

For more information, call Lisa McDermott at (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

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