New Perspectives
Looking At 20th – Century Alabama Art
A Lecture Series in Celebration of the 2007 Year of Alabama Arts

Programs sponsored by the B. B. Comer Memorial Library, Isabel Anderson Comer Museum, Sylacauga Arts Council and Talladega’s Heritage Hall. All programs will be held at 12:00 noon at Comer Library. For more information, call 256-249-0961.

Monday, February 19, 2007

“Picturing the Unvictorious: The Southern Scene in Alabama, 1930-1946” presented by William Underwood Eiland, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

(Eiland will take a historical and literary approach in his examination of Alabama art during the years 1930-1946. Using information about the economic and social context of the period, he will discuss various Alabama artists, their contributions to American art, as well as recurring themes of race, religion, and ruralism. Eiland has published widely on the art of the South.)

Monday, February 26, 2007

“Revelations Revisited: The Cultural Roots of Self-Taught Art in Alabama” presented by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

(Ausfeld, who has developed numerous exhibits and written extensively on Alabama art and artists, will examine the relationship of self-taught artists to the cultural and social environment of the state while considering what it is about Alabama that has made it such fertile ground for so-called outsider artists.)

Monday, March 5, 2007

“Views from the South: Alabama’s New Deal Post Office Murals” presented by Karen Henricks, Jacksonville State University

(Henricks will present the history of Treasury Section art created for federal buildings in Alabama, encourage discussion on the future of these works (some of which have already been destroyed), and challenge the audience to think more broadly about works of art as cultural history.

New Perspective programs made possible by Auburn University’s Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-sponsors include the Alabama Center for the Book, the AU Art Department, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn University is an equal opportunity educational institution employer.