Middlebury College next VBMA Distinguished Professor Lecture

VERO BEACH — The 2011 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series at the Vero Beach Museum of Art presents its second lecture of the series on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

The lecture co-presented by Middlebury College will be Objects Common & Specific, given by Edward Vasquez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture. Alumni of featured schools enjoy the Museum membership price for this series. Individual  tickets are $20; $15 for Museum members and alumni.

“Objects Common & Specific” will explore both the formal resonances and divergences of the early stages of Pop Art on the one hand and Minimal Art on the other in the early 1960s.

Both tendencies raise important questions about our engagement with the material world of objects, and through a discussion of various key artists and texts this lecture will explore their legacies in the 1960s and also engage their varied implications for contemporary practice.

Marking its 20th anniversary this year, this program provides some of the most distinguished colleges and universities in the U.S. with a unique opportunity to connect with their local Florida alumni by sharing recent scholarship with Museum members and the public.

The series is sponsored by The Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation.

The 2011 Distinguished Professor Series features these other lectures:

Feb. 9 – Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, Jock Reynolds, M.F.A., The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University;

February 16 – Perceiving Perception, Tony Lilly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, Sweet Briar College;

February 23 – Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction, Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Provost for the Arts, University of Virginia;

March 2  – Reflections on Museums, Learning, Education and Art, John S. Weber, Ph.D., Dayton Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College;

March 9 – Paint that Came from Tubes or Pots: A New Look at Color and Impressionism, Laura A. Kalba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art Department, Smith College.

Register by phone at (772) 231-0707, ext. 136; in person at the Museum, or online at www.verobeachmuseum.org.

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