Learning To Look

WED, APR 30, 2014 (1:24:36)

You love Sebastian Smee's pieces about art and the local art scene in the Boston Globe and you've loved Paul Tucker's Monet exhibitions at the MFA. Now, meet them at Cambridge Forum as part of ArtWeek Boston to discuss the ways that looking at a work of art can open it up to reveal a rich web of information about the work itself, its maker and the society in which it was created. How does a work of art become meaningful for the beholder? Where can that appreciation lead the ordinary person?

+ BIO: Sebastian Smee

Smee, an art critic for the Globe, was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. He previously wrote for a number of publications in London and Sydney. Smee is the author of five books on Lucian Freud, and one on Matisse and Picasso.

+ BIO: Paul Tucker

Paul Hayes Tucker, who has taught art history at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1978, is currently The Paul Hayes Tucker Distinguished Professor of Art, a Chair established in his name by two Boston patrons of the arts, Barbara Lee and Ellen Poss. Hailed by Time Magazine as one of America's foremost authorities on Claude Monet and Impressionism, Professor Tucker earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D from Yale University.

Professor Tucker has served on the faculties of the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Williams College, and the University of California Santa Barbara, and has been honored with many awards and grants, including the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Scholarship (UMass Boston); the Yale Press Governor's Award for the best book published by an author under 40; and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies as well as from the Florence Gould Arts Foundation. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Professor Tucker served as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Terra Foundation for the Arts and is the founder and Director of Arts on the Point, a public sculpture park in Boston.

In addition to his many publications, Professor Tucker has served as guest curator for more than half a dozen major exhibitions, including The Sculpture of William Tucker (2002); Renoir. From Outsider to Old Master. 1870-1892. (2001); The Impressionists at Argenteuil (2000); Monet in the 20th Century (1998-99); Monet. A Retrospective (1994-5); and Monet in the '90s. The Series Paintings (1990).

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