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" The Synapse of Art: Metaphor and Audience"
- Title: Curator of Education, Institute of Contemporary Art,
- Background: Ms. Whitmer develops and implements all
at the ICA, such as art history lecture series, docent programs for
adults and high school students, and family workshops. Before coming to
the ICA, she was Curator of Education at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at
the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Whitmer received her
Masters from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992, and
her B.A. in Art History from Vanderbuilt University in 1988. She is
incredibly perceptive, inquisitive, and dynamic.
- FOCUS for symposium: Whitmer will present a series of slides of
throughout the ICA's history which many have deemed inaccessible- either
isoteric, too simplistic, etc.. "In my work as a museum educator, I
begin with the assumption that all art is accessible- whether
metaphorical or not. However, viewer's cultural, social, and/or
will flavor or affect the insights they gain from works of art."
- Title: Painter, Fine Arts instructor at Penn
- Background: Brigham has received several honors and awards for
realistic paintings which have been featured in several exhibitions
from the East to the South, to the Midwest of the United States. Among
the awards he has received are the Individual Artist Grant
from the Georgia Council of the Arts (1993). Brigham Dimick got his M.A.
from the School of Fine Arts, Indiana
University Bloomington, IN
- His Painting: According to Dimick, the works he will show fall
distinct categories: one which synthesizes images from different sources
into still-lives that include body parts (limbs, organs, x-rays, etc..).
The second portrays fish in different situations.
- Statement About His Own Painting: "My work tends to reference
body even when the subject matter seems to be about something altogether
different. I am drawn to complexity and refinement without closure, in
which opposing forces (such as beauty/repulsion, inside/outside,
systematic/intuitive) create a tense atmosphere ripe with ambivalence
"My work has involved employing a realist vocabulary into an
investigation of modernist concerns. I have rejected illusions for their
own sake along with narrative thinking for discreet paradoxes in spatial
construction as well as exploring the fine line in which beauty and
repulsion co-exist. Expression and meaning arise from the subtle
relationship of the things within a picture and of the picture as it
relates to other pictures."
- FOCUS for Symposium: Brigham will address the success and
metaphor in his own works by contrasting his intentions with the responses
he has received, and through an explanation of how his conscious search
metaphor can be hidden or irrelevant to the audience.
Dr. David Brownlee
The Art Symposium will be held at Kelly's Writers House on
Tuesday, April 8th, 7:30 pm
- Title: Chair of the Graute Group in the History of Art, UPENN
- Background: Dr. Brownlee received a PhD, Masters, and B.A
from Harvard in 1980, 1975, and 1973 respectively, all of which covered
the study of architecture as an art form. He has been teaching at Penn
since 1985. Beyond teaching, he has curated over 20 architectural
exhibits, written tens of articles for architectural reviews, and
published/ editted several books on architecture.
- Books written and edited/ areas of interest: Dr. Brownlee has
numerous articles which, like his books, deal with architecture in London
and Philadelphia. His most recent attention has been to Modern
architecture. Currently in press is his book Making a Modern Classic:
The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and currently in
Progress is the book Modern Means and Modern Meanings: An Intellectual
and Social History of Nineteenth-century Architecture. For his book
Louis I Kahn: In the realm of Architecture, Dr. Brownlee received
International Book Award, from the American Institute of Architects, in
1992. The book has gone on to be translated in three other languages and
made into a second, compact edition.
- FOCUS for Symposium: Architectural Metaphor
- Statement: "All
metaphor, I think, in that it makes us think of things that lie beyond
itself. But metaphors in the visual arts are rarely as overt as their
literary cousins, and the variety of metaphorical means availabel to
visual artsits makes the analysis of visual metaphor very challneging.
- "The special case of architecture is even more complex than
of the other visual arts, for architecture's metaphorical function is
often very heavily disguised and come architects even try to deny its
validity. This problematic situtaion arises because, unlike the other
visual arts, architecture also functions in the "real" world, where it
may seem to be self sufficient, needing to make no references to anything
outside itself in order to do its work."
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