Leadership | Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris | Weedon Lectures
Visiting Artists and Lecturers
Called "the most influential cartoonist now working" by The New York Times, Pat Oliphant occupies a unique position among today's editorial cartoonists. Widely considered the dean of the profession, he is one of its sharpest, most daring practitioners.
Oliphant, a native of Adelaide, Australia, began his career at his hometown newspaper before moving to the United States in 1964 to work as the political cartoonist at The Denver Post and quickly established himself as one of the best. His work became nationally and internationally syndicated in 1965, and in 1967, only three years after moving to the United States, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Oliphant's cartoons have been distributed by Universal Press Syndicate since 1980. Oliphant has been the recipient of numerous other awards in addition to the Pulitzer, including two Reuben Awards and a Best Editorial Cartoonist Award from the National Cartoonists Society, the Thomas Nast Prize in Germany, and the Premio Satira Politica of Italy. His cartoons have been the subject of numerous exhibits (both national and international), including a retrospective at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in 1990. In 1998, the Library of Congress commemorated the acquisition of 60 of his works with a special exhibition at the Library's Great Hall. The most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world, Oliphant is a true artist in every sense of the word. He is an accomplished artist in a variety of media in addition to his cartoon drawings, including sculpture, etching, lithography and monotype, and his artwork has achieved wide acclaim through many museum exhibitions and publications. In addition, his cartoons are published in countless newspapers and magazines worldwide, and specially commissioned work appear in The New Yorker magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Oliphant has published numerous books, including The New World Order, Oliphant's Anthem and Oliphant's Presidents: Twenty-Five Years of Caricature by Pat Oliphant. His latest book Leadership: Cartoons & Sculpture from the Bush Years will be released in October.
William Dunlap has distinguished himself as an artist, arts commentator and educator, during a career that has spanned more than three decades. William Dunlap has an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi, and taught at Appalachian State University in North Carolina (1970-79) and Memphis State University (1979-80.) He currently maintains studios in McLean, Virginia; Mathiston, Mississippi and Coral Gables, Florida.
His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in prestigious collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mobil Corporation, Riggs Bank, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, The Equitable Collection, Rogers Ogden Collection, Arkansas Art Center, the United States State Department, and United States Embassies throughout the world.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Academy of Science, Aspen Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Western Virginia, Albany Museum of Art, Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Mint Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, to name but a few. Panorama of the American Landscape, his fourteen panel, 112 feet long cyclorama painting depicting a contemporary view of the Shenandoah Valley in summer and the Antietam battlefield in winter, was commissioned for the Rotunda Gallery at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1985, but since its debut has been shown in nearly a dozen American museums and art centers, its most recent venue being the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. In addition, Reconstructed Recollections and In the Spirit of the Land are also exhibitions of Mr. Dunlap's work that continue major tours.
Honored in his field, Mr. Dunlap has received awards and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Foundation for study and travel in Southeast Asia, Warhol Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art/RJR Nabisco Visual Artists Award, and the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.
He is an inspired speaker and has lectured on art related subjects at colleges, universities, institutions and professional conferences. He serves as arts commentator on WETA-TV's cultural round table show, "Around Town."
P.J. O'Rourke is a correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard and a member of the World Affairs editorial board. He is the author of twelve books including Parliament of Whores, Holidays in Hell, Eat the Rich, and, most recently On the Wealth of Nations. He is the former editor-in-chief of the National Lampoon and was a foreign correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine from 1985 to 2000. He is currently a Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and a regular panelist on the NPR news quiz how “Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.” He graduated from Miami University and received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
A conversation with with Pat Oliphant, P.J. O'Rourke, and Bill Dunlap | About the event >
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Curator of Modern Art, University of Virginia Art Museum
Associate Professor of Art History, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia
Matthew Affron is curator of modern art at the University of Virginia Art Museum and associate professor in the McIntire Department of Art. He most recently organized the exhibition Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms (2007). Affron's publications deal with diverse aspects of the work of Léger, French art and politics in the 1920s and 1930s, and the emigration of artists from Europe to the United States during the Second World War. His current project is an exhibition about the American artist Joseph Cornell and Surrealism.
John B. Ravenal
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
John B. Ravenal's recent exhibitions include Artificial Light (2006), featuring new light-based sculpture and installation art by young international artists; the first survey of sculpture by Robert Lazzarini (2003), recognized by the International Association of Art Critics as one the year's best exhibitions; and Outer & Inner Space (2002), a history of video art, which received an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Ravenal recently completed a book on Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Emily Smith is the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Previously she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, VA. There she organized the exhibitions Hush Lush: Craft Materials in Contemporary Art (2007) and Virginia Painters: Philip Geiger and Robert Stuart (2007). Smith is also a past Assistant Director and Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA, where she organized Ted Turner: A Retrospective (2002).
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Professor of Art History, Northumbria University, UK
Malcolm Gee is well known as an authority in the history of the Parisian art market in the first half of the twentieth century. His 1981 book, entitled Dealers, Critics, and Collectors of Modern Painting, remains the definitive treatment of the subject. He has also written essays and edited books on topics in twentieth-century European art, modern art criticism, and the history of urban culture. Gee is a professor of art history at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).
The Parisian Art Market and the Collector, 1900-1945 | About the lecture >
Kenneth E. Silver
Professor of Art History, New York University
Kenneth E. Silver is the author of one of the key accounts of modern French art in the early part of the twentieth century, Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War (1989). A more recent book, Making Paradise: Art, Modernity and the Myth of the French Riviera (2000), explains the fascination that the Côte d'Azur held for modern artists. Silver has co-curated a series of notable exhibitions on aspects of French art and culture at New York's Jewish Museum: The Circle of Montparnasse (1985); An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine (1998); and Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama (2005). He is professor of modern art at New York University and adjunct curator of art at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he most recently organized the exhibition Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends, and Lovers (2008).
Dangerous Beauty: The Reinvention of Classicism Between the Two World Wars | About the lecture >
Coates-Cowden-Brown Curator of Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art
John Johnston recently completed three yeas of fieldwork in Bhutan where he served as Assistant Curator for the groundbreaking exhibition The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan which was organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts. John traveled to over 200 monasteries and temples in Bhutan to locate and research Buddhist works of art for the project. The exhibition has been shown in Honolulu and New York and is presently on view in San Francisco before it embarks on a year-long tour to European museums. He is on the editorial board of the National Museum of Bhutan and is founder of Buddhist Art News, a website on developments in Buddhist art. He lectures widely at universities and museums, has published a number of articles, and is Co-Editor of the catalog accompanying The Dragon's Gift exhibition.