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A Mingle With Marlene

Sip a cocktail in the presence of a Hollywood icon (in photos and film clips that is) during an evening in the stylish spirit of the Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image. In an after-hours gathering, historian and exhibit curator Kate Lemay discusses the star’s career and her trademark glamour, as well the making of the retrospective.

Date
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Reflections on an Extraordinary Life and Career

Bill Keene, a lecturer in architecture and urban studies, examines the personal and public Frank Lloyd Wright, whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy—and the creation of some of the most influential buildings of the 20th century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Andrew Wyeth: An Appreciation at 100

Andrew Wyeth’s vision of the landscape and the people of rural Pennsylvania and costal Maine has a stark, deeply emotional beauty that has made his paintings among the most iconic of the 20th century. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights works from his extraordinary output, placing them in the context of his career and his life (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Sites of India

From India’s elaborately decorated Ajanta Caves to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites offers a spectacular window into South Asia’s past. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights historic palaces, grand temples, royal mausoleums, and more that showcase the subcontinent’s abundant historically and culturally significant destinations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Urban Vision: New York City
Overnight Tour

Mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with a unique overnight visit to Manhattan led by urban historian Bill Keene. Get insights into the architect’s creative relationship to the city as you explore a major exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, experience a tour of the Guggenheim Museum, and view holdings in the Wright archives at Columbia University. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00 p.m.
Art, Power, and Pleasure in Italy’s Renaissance Courts

Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman explores Italy’s four northern Renaissance court cities—Ferrara, Urbino, Mantua, and Milan—where artists as famous as Da Vinci and Mantegna, and patrons as notorious as the fearsome Federico da Montefeltro and the elegant Isabella d’Este lived and worked. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
African Art and the Slave Trade

Art historian Kevin Tervala discusses the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, with a focus on how African artists—and the societies that they were a part of—reacted to the sudden and brutal disruption and transformation of the world’s second-largest continent. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Wyeth, Wine, and the Brandywine River Valley
All-Day Tour

The landscape and people of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had a profound personal and artistic influence on Andrew Wyeth. Art historian Bonita Billman leads a tour to Wyeth’s beloved Brandywine County that includes a visit to his Chadds Ford studio, a retrospective exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and a visit to a local winery.

Date
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Evolution of Architectural Styles: Ancient Temples to Modern Skyscrapers
2-Session Course

Explore the traditions, styles, and masterpieces of European and American architecture during this in-depth 2-day program led by art historian Karen Alexis. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, Augist 18, 2017 – 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
An Artful Weekend in New York: MoMA, the Whitney, and the New York Botanical Garden
Overnight Tour

Explore the work of three widely differing creators—Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder, and Dale Chihuly—during an art-filled weekend in Manhattan. The overnight getaway gives you plenty of time to take in several of the most intriguing exhibits at three cultural powerhouses—and enjoy a night at one of the city’s legendary hotels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:30 p.m.
Contemporary Art: The Constancy of Change
4-Session Evening Course

Contemporary visual arts reflect today’s world—one that’s both liberating in its freedoms and disorienting in its uncertainty. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides insights into understanding and navigating the changing global art world by examining the trends and ideas that have shaped it in recent decades. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Tuesday, September 5 to 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo
4-Day Tour

Buffalo was the location of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-making commissions, and his several works there have become vital parts of the city’s architectural and cultural history. To mark the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, Bill Keene leads a 4-day tour, highlighting significant structures by Wright and his contemporaries that make Buffalo a must-see destination for aficionados of architectural masterworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Depart: Friday, September 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:30 p.m.
A Day at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In this richly illustrated day-long program, art historian and Dutch art scholar Aneta Georgievska-Shine presents an overview of the museum’s magnificent collection, focusing on some of its greatest masterpieces. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia
All-Day Tour

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Bonita Billman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.