‘ART NOW! How the (Bleep) Did We Get Here?’

Robert McCauley leads three-part lecture series

The Women’s Art Board and the Rockford Art Museum team up to present the three-part lecture series “ART NOW! How the (Bleep) Did We Get Here?” by Rockford College Art Department Chairman Robert McCauley, with lectures running Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8.

Becky Thorsen of the Women’s Art Board, which co-sponsors an event with the Rockford Art Museum every year, said: “This year we’re kind of excited to have Bob McCauley. I think it’s going to be a pretty good series.”

Lectures, which are held at Storefront Cinema in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., include the following:

“I Paint, Therefore I Am”—Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11. The lecture will discuss the impact of World War II on the art world, and the subsequent development of “the first American art form,” Abstract Expressionism. During this period, painters traded bowties for cowboy boots in the New York School of “drips and splatters.”

“What You See is What You Get”—Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 11. McCauley will discuss how the cool, deadpan, straight-up reality of Pop Art and Minimalism evolved as reactions against the “hot” egocentricity of Abstract Expressionism.

“Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing” and “The Fear of the Closing Door”—Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, April 8. The lecture will explain how “less is more” carried to a logical conclusion threatens to eliminate the art object. Conceptual art embraces the written word, and viewers can no longer identify visual art in the usual manner.

Cost to attend a single lecture is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Cost to reserve a space in all three lectures is $25. For more information, contact Thorsen at 399-1441.

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