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Lectures

AAA Wed @ Noon: Plants in Chinese Art Lecture + Tour

The lecture and tour is sold out, but you may reserve lecture only tickets here.

Join Dr. Kathy Keeler, Professor Emerita University Of Nebraska, School of Biological Sciences, aka The Wandering Botanist, in an exploration of the plants and flowers found in Asian art. This lecture and tour of the Asian galleries will touch on identification and meaning to be found in the lotus, chrysanthemum, peony, and other important plants in Asian art. A world traveler and author of several books on plants from the Amazon to Colorado, Dr Keeler is a font of information of things that bloom. Reserve early: tour spaces limited to first 25 registrations.

Flower Painting and Insect Metamorphosis: The Art of Maria Sibylla Merian

The lecture examines the colorful and dynamic still life paintings made by the 17th-century German artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Featuring botanicals and insect metamorphosis from Northern Europe and South America, the talk introduces the artwork of an important precursor to the Impressionists. In Merian’s era, scientific discoveries were fueled by the quest to find and depict flora and fauna previously unknown in Europe. Merian’s explorations took her to the Dutch colony of Suriname in South America, where, at the age of 52, she was the first to study insect transformation of this foreign land. The lecture traces geographical and scientific explorations, artistic innovations, and great entrepreneurial efforts of this remarkable woman.

Why Flowers? Impressionist Artists and the Modern Flower Still Life

Why did French artists of the 19th century paint flowers? Was it a way for them to respond directly to nature, a connection to artistic tradition, or simply the ideal modernist subject matter, void of narrative? In this lecture, Dr. Heather MacDonald, co-curator of the exhibition “In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism,” will discuss the history of flower painting in France and how it became such a vital and innovative practice in the hands of the impressionists and their contemporaries.

AAA Wed @ Noon: Plants in Chinese Art Lecture Only

Join Dr. Kathy Keeler, Professor Emerita University Of Nebraska, School of Biological Sciences, aka The Wandering Botanist, in an exploration of the plants and flowers found in Asian art. This lecture and tour of the Asian galleries will touch on identification and meaning to be found in the lotus, chrysanthemum, peony, and other important plants in Asian art. A world traveler and author of several books on plants from the Amazon to Colorado, Dr Keeler is a font of information of things that bloom. Reserve early: tour spaces limited to first 25 registrations.

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