“Face to Face: The Power of the Portrait” Lecture with Dr. Gretchen Bender

Face to Face: The Power of the Portrait

This lecture will focus on portraits – particularly charged images of people, famous and not famous, that convey a sense of aura, power, allure or mystery.  What purposes do portraits serve?  What memorial role have they played in different cultures throughout history, lending immortality to human beings?  How have they been used to convey and assert power and status?  From Egyptian tomb portraits and Chinese ancestral portraits, we will think about Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from a different perspective, consider Warhol’s treatment of fame and notoriety, and look at contemporary examples that give presence, power and prestige to individuals traditionally underrepresented or marginalized in society and the art world.

Dr. Gretchen Bender is a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Chair of the History of Art and Architecture Department, and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of General Studies for the University of Pittsburgh. She originally specialized in European art of the modern period but has since focused her research and teaching on World Art and directs the “WHAAM” initiative at Pitt – why the history of art and architecture matters – which challenges academics and the broader public to think about the role art can and should play in today’s world. Dr. Bender will offer a fascinating night of education and scholarship. Look to our website for more details. Refreshments served.

Complimentary for Members, $5/Non-Members

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