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The 2017 Salke Contemporary Art Study Group curriculum will include a series of four lectures to be followed by private lunches and discussion sessions with each speaker. This year we are pleased to be able to bring to you the following outstanding presenters and experts in their fields:


Friday, January 20, 2017
The Clark Brothers of Cooperstown
Marlene Strauss, Art Historian and Lecturer,
New York and Palm Beach

Marlene Strauss will tell the story of Sterling and Stephen Clark, heirs to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, who amassed two of the most important art collections of the 20th century, greatly developing America’s taste for impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings. The siblings quarreled over the disposition of their inheritance, and their relationship was severed forever. Each of them, however, would go on to build great individual collections.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Do-It-Yourself: Contemporary Artist-Run Spaces in Philadelphia
Miguel Horn, Sculptor, Organizer and Coordinator,
John Greig, Jr., Sculptor and Adjunct Professor,
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia Traction Company, West Philadelphia, PA
Horn is a sculptor whose work explores the intersection of man and machinery through a variety of media. He maintains a studio practice at Traction Company. He joined the collective in 2011, contributing to the public presence of the studio and its programming. John Greig, Jr., a founding member of Traction Company, established the artist-run space to provide access to the tools and space required for many sculptural processes and currently oversees its weekly operations. The artists will look at the contemporary environment of artist-run efforts in Philadelphia and the climate that facilitated their emergence as a driving force in the city’s bustling art community. Discussing their own collaborative practice and the factors that have contributed to their growth, the artists will also identify other key groups within Philadelphia that have been integral to the current landscape. Speaking in conversation, the presenters will address the impact of collaboration and community on the individual’s creative practice and correlations to parallel movements nationally.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Monica Zimmerman, Director of Museum Education,
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Norman Lewis (1909 – 1979) was a pivotal figure in American art, a participant in the Harlem art community, an innovative contributor to abstract expressionism, and a politically-conscious activist. He was also an African American artist whose work engages deeply with modernist trends at a time when that aesthetic choice presented particular tensions in his professional career. This lecture will focus on Norman Lewis’s life, body of work, and the heart of his artistic practice from the early 1930s through the late 1970s. The “procession” in the exhibition’s title evokes Lewis’s evolving painterly process and highlights a prominent thread that runs through his oeuvre: the procession ritual. Processions were both celebratory and terrifying for Lewis, equally carrying allusions to Carnivale and Ku Klux Klan marches. In discussing Procession, this lecture will consider how Lewis integrated social issues of the 20th century with abstraction and will highlight the surprising and expressive palette the artist championed throughout his career.

Friday, April 7, 2017
After the Camera: Remaking Reality and The Make-Believe in Our Post Internet Age
Charles Stainback, Director of the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art,
Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Over the past two decades the photographic image has seen a tremendous transformation due in no small part to the use of computers by artists in the service of their art. Today’s computer software enables the manipulation and even fabrication of realistic images. This raises the age-old question: What is photographic veracity? While posing an equally important, but more contemporary one: What is photography? In this digital age how do we comprehend the shift of the photograph from a realistic image packed with authenticity to a hyper-realistic image that is short on truth?


At the conclusion of each of the formal lectures at 12:30 PM, members of the Salke Contemporary Art Study Group will have an opportunity to enjoy a private lunch with each of our speakers. These lunches and discussion sessions to follow will permit the free and open exchange of questions, ideas and observations among study group members and the lecturers. The four lectures and lunches, which will be held at 1010 Fifth Avenue South in Naples, are offered for a registration rate of $235 per person. We are limiting membership in the Salke Contemporary Art Study Group so please register early! Last year we did quickly sell out our memberships! While the four lectures will be open to the public, only members of the Salke Contemporary Art Study Group will be able to enjoy the private lunches and discussion sessions which follow.

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