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DO NOT USE: An Afternoon of Literature and Art (NYC)

October 26, 2019 1:30 PM – 4:15 PM


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Why Reading Matters

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

What makes reading an essential human activity, one of the greatest cultural gifts imaginable – and how is it different from other equally important activities like listening to music or watching a film? In this brand new course, Professor Joseph Luzzi, an award-winning teacher, author, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College, will take participants on a fascinating literary journey, as we explore his Five Secrets for “Deep Reading,” the art of drawing meaning and value from even the most challenging books ever written.

Professor Luzzi will also show you how to make great reading a part of your everyday life (in less than an hour a day), as he outlines strategies and techniques for reading authors ranging from Dante and Shakespeare to Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, from the world's greatest classics to the page-turner that you just can’t put down.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, "The Art of Reading." Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Why Art Matters

Tina Rivers Ryan / Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Formerly Columbia University

No matter how you look at it, the art world has never been hotter: auction records are continually broken, art fairs are proliferating around the globe, and people will wait hours in line at museums for blockbuster shows. It's a simple fact that more people are seeing more art in more places than ever before. But it seems like the more we look, the less we're seeing: more and more, we give art the same impoverished attention we give shopping or sightseeing, and for many people, art is nothing more than a sound financial investment or a cool image to post on the internet.

If we're willing to put in the effort, however, art still has a lot to offer us, and matters as much as it ever did. In the past, art showed us beauty, taught us morals, recorded history, or inspired religious feeling; today, art asks us to think about ourselves and our relationship to the world around us, and teaches us a form of critical thinking opposed to the hectic pace of our everyday lives. Looking closely at a few works of art from the last fifty years, we will see why art matters now, and why we need to learn how to see it.

Tina Rivers Ryan / Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Formerly Columbia University
An art historian by training, Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is currently Assistant Curator of contemporary art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. She holds a BA from Harvard, three Master's Degrees, and a PhD from Columbia, and has taught classes on art at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Pratt Institute, and Columbia, where she was one of the top-ranked instructors of the introduction to art history, "Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art." A regular critic for Artforum, her writing has also appeared in periodicals such as Art in America and Art Journal, and in catalogs published by museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Tate. As a public speaker and scholar, Dr. Ryan has delivered lectures on topics ranging from Michelangelo to Warhol in more than 50 cities internationally.


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