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Art, Film, and Theater: A Semester in a Day (Austin, TX)

October 20, 2018 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

Join us in Austin on October 20th, for a day of three renowned professors and special guest: Social Columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, Michael Barnes.

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9:30 AM - 1:15 PM
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Michael Barnes / Austin American-Statesman

Michael Barnes / Austin American-Statesman
Michael Barnes is a native Texan who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. For almost 30 years, he has written about the city's people, places, culture, and history for the Austin American-Statesman. He also writes the Out and About social column and blog. His first book, "Indelible Austin: Selected Histories," came out in 2015 from Waterloo Press, and his second, "Indelible Austin: More Selected Histories," was published in early 2018.

9:35 AM - 10:35 AM
Why Art Matters: Creation and Destruction, From Ancient Times Through Today

Denise Budd / Columbia University

All of the country has turned its eyes towards the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the removal of a statue became central to an ofttimes violent and polarizing discussion about race and history in America. To be sure, the destruction of images has been a means of both expressing and challenging authority, since ancient times and across many cultures, so that the destruction of a likeness has often been considered tantamount to the destruction of the very thing it represents. For the Romans, this act of damnatio memoriae, or the condemnation of memory, equated the erasure of an image with erasure from history. During the Protestant Reformation, the removal of altarpieces and the whitewashing of churches was an expression of changing religious ideologies. In modern times, vandalism of artwork has become a means of political protest.

This lecture will examine selected works of art from antiquity through the 20th Century, examining not only the importance of the works themselves, but the way that their destruction, or attempted destruction, demonstrates the power of images.

Denise Budd / Columbia University
Denise Budd teaches art history at Columbia University and a wide range of Renaissance art classes at Rutgers University. She has published several articles on Leonardo da Vinci based on her studies of the artist and his documentary evidence. Following this interest in archival work, her current research has extended to the history of collecting Renaissance art in Gilded Age America, with a focus on the tapestry collector and dealer Charles Mather Ffoulke.

10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
How to Watch a Movie Like a Film Professor

Charles Ramirez Berg / University of Texas

With the help of stills and clips from Hollywood films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, High Noon, The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Inception, and The Sixth Sense, Professor Ramirez Berg will introduce you to five keys to help you successfully read a movie. Beginning with the basic units of film language, shots and camera angles, he will show how they are effectively used to tell a story.

In this class, we will also look at some celebrated examples of directors breaking those rules, why they did so, and why it worked. We'll look at staging and composition and illustrate the careful way directors and cinematographers construct a shot so that how every detail conveys meaning. We will also breakdown Hollywood's ubiquitous 3-act structure and discuss what kind of stories it is best suited for. Finally, Professor Ramirez Berg will show a simple way to determine a movie's theme.

Charles Ramirez Berg / University of Texas
Charles Ramirez Berg is University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has won every major teaching award there and was named one of the university's "Top Ten Great Professors" by the school's alumni magazine. He has authored several books and numerous articles on film history and Latinos in film. One of the founders of the Austin Film Society, Ramirez Berg is a charter member of its Board of Directors, and served as its president from 2001-2003. He has served on the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress since 2010, and is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Four Memorable Musicals That Changed Broadway

Sean Hartley / Kaufman Music Center

Hamilton made history not long ago by receiving a grand total of 16 nominations for last year's Tony Awards – ultimately winning a total of 11, including Best Musical. The phenomenon is part of a long lineage of musical theater productions that capture the public's attention and reflects the culture surrounding it. Broadway combines the thrill of live music with the compelling storytelling and drama of watching a movie or TV show and, when done with incredible care and sensitivity, the combination of the two can lead to something transformative.

Sean Hartley / Kaufman Music Center
Sean Hartley is the director at the Kaufman Music Center's Theater Wing, the chair of the SMS Admissions Assessment Committee, and on the faculty of the SMS Chorus and LMS Dalcroze. He is the Producer/Host of Broadway Close Up as well as Broadway Playhouse. Sean is also a playwright, composer, an lyricist: Cupid And Psyche (Drama Desk nomination,) Little Women; Snow (ASCAP Harold Arlen Award.); Leaving Home.

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