ONLINE SEMINAR
October 24 | Bold, Brilliant Broads: Portraits and Personhood

We are fascinated by our own image. From the earliest of cave paintings to the selfie, there has been something important, something necessary, for artists to capture on the canvas or on the screen of their own image. How do we explain the pull to paint self-portraits? What were those women who re-created themselves in line and colour and composition telling us about the nature of identity? In this seminar we focus our attention on the self-portraits of women painters and consider the theories of identity they encapsulate. Through short essays and close examination of works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, the Women of Beaver Hall, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Frida Kahlo, the 9th Street Women, and Lois Mailou Jones, we explore the relationship between portraits and personhood.

When:  Six weekly sessions on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Eastern, starting October 24, 2020; emailed questions and commentary sent Mondays and Wednesdays, starting October 19

Duration: 2 hours per session plus email support as described above

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (Approx. US$250 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom online meeting software; you will receive instructions on how to download Zoom free upon registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Select your registration below; please use the Toronto Pursuits credit option only if you are a registered participant of Toronto Pursuits 2020 who wants to put your deposit or previous payment toward an online seminar.

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Description

LEADER

Dr. Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.

ARTWORK AND READINGS

Wendy will provide web links to the images and essays to be discussed.

Works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, the Women of Beaver Hall, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Frida Kahlo, the 9th Street Women and Lois Mailou Jones.

Short essays on theories of personhood and identity.

We are fascinated by our own image. From the earliest of cave paintings to the selfie, there has been something important, something necessary, for artists to capture on the canvas or on the screen of their own image. How do we explain the pull to paint self-portraits? What were those women who re-created themselves in line and colour and composition telling us about the nature of identity? In this seminar we focus our attention on the self-portraits of women painters and consider the theories of identity they encapsulate. Through short essays and close examination of works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, the Women of Beaver Hall, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Frida Kahlo, the 9th Street Women, and Lois Mailou Jones, we explore the relationship between portraits and personhood.

It’s everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text/art, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form.

Structure

Each Monday participants will receive an email that will contain an overview of the next session. This will include background information, links to images we will be focusing on, essays, resources to further your study, and a list of questions to consider. On Wednesdays, Wendy will follow up with any further questions or information that you might find helpful in preparation for our conversation. Saturdays we will meet online at 2 p.m. for a discussion. Bring your questions, concerns and considerations to the table as we explore the works of the amazing female artist for that week. Note that Wendy will be sharing her screen as well as having the group “around the table” via the gallery view to facilitate both looking at and reflecting on the images under investigation.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Additional information

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Standard registration, Toronto Pursuits 2020 credit

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