Art History Talks Series

Tuesdays at 11:30 am • Katherine L. White Hall

Against The Grain

This season's talks explore artists who forged their own paths against the prevailing currents in the art world of their day, creating remarkable bodies of work while following their unique artistic vision.


Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859-1937)
The Thankful Poor, 1894
Oil on Canvas; 35.5 x 112.4 in
Courtsey of Commons Wikimedia

Henry Ossawa Tanner

February 13

The first African-American student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts didn’t plan to become a rebel but had just enough African ancestry to provoke the racism of his fellow students.  Frustrated in his career, at age 32 Tanner traveled to Paris to study, and there he found success, crafting a unique style that combined Impressionist touch and academic subject matter.

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Andy Goldsworthy (British, born 1956)
Storm King Wall, 199798
Fieldstone, approx. 60# x 2,278” x 32” overall
Collection of the Storm King Art Center

Andy Goldsworthy

March 13

Sculpture has traditionally been associated with permanence:  ancient marbles, bronze monuments, steel girders.  Goldsworthy has chosen to make sculpture from the most ephemeral materials – autumn leaves, stones, twigs and snowMany of his works exist only in the stunning photographs he makes before nature consumes them.

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