Two separate art and literature classes that belong together: each one is great on its own but even better if you sign up for both!

Art of the Horse: Equestrian Masterworks from the Yale Center for British Art

Thursday, June 8 • 11:00am-12:00pm • OnlineCourse 11796 • $25

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For centuries, artists have been inspired by the majesty and beauty of the horse. The Yale Center for British Art has some of the greatest masterworks of equestrian art by artists from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Paul Mellon, the British Center’s founder, was an avid collector of horse paintings as well as a breeder and racer of thoroughbreds. Foremost among the artists he collected were paintings by George Stubbs (1724-1806) who was the leading equestrian artist in eighteenth century England, and works by John Wootton (1682–1764), Robert Burnard (1800–1876), Sir Alfred J. Munnings (1878–1959), and others. This lecture will present works by the artists, their backgrounds, and the historic context of their paintings, as well as video commentary by leading scholars of equestrian art.

BOB POTTER is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. He spent his early career as an art director and creative director for leading media companies including Scholastic Magazines, Time Warner, and National Geographic. Over the past decade, he helped create an arts therapy program for Save The Children, was a corporate development officer for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and oversaw marketing and communications for the Mystic Seaport Museum. Most recently, he launched a professional development program for art students at the Lyme Academy, and is a docent at the Yale Center For British Art.

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Book Chat with Anna Katsavos:

Horse (2022) by Geraldine Brooks

Tuesday, June 27 • 10:00am-11:30am • OnlineCourse 11721 • $30

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Join fellow fiction enthusiasts to discuss this critically acclaimed novel. The latest historical fiction from the Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks is based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington. The work tackles themes of the legacy of enslavement and racism in America through intertwined stories that span three different eras in American history. The novel follows an enslaved groom and a racehorse painter in 1850 Kentucky, a gallery owner in 1954 New York City who becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting, and an Australian scientist at the Smithsonian and a Nigerian American art historian in Washington, DC in 2019, in creating a compelling and fascinating epic.

ANNA KATSAVOS, PhD, is an experienced book group facilitator. A SUNY Professor Emerita of English Literature and Women’s Studies, she has received numerous awards for teaching, and her scholarship has been published in a variety of literary journals. She has interviewed many best-selling authors and has presented interactive programs focusing on a wide range of women’s issues. Additionally, she conducts writing, editing and publishing workshops.

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