Art in Times of Crisis: Despair, Hope, and Healing

Tina Rivers Ryan
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 University, 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 and the Walker Art Center. 

 

Overview

In times of crisis, art can help us escape, but it also can express our despair or encourage us to heal. In this lecture, curator and art historian Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan will focus on how some artists from the past have tackled the crises of their own times, including the French painter Théodore Géricault and the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

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