D-Modern Art and Why Contemporary Art Isn’t

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  •  October 5, 2022 - November 9, 2022
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesdays, 10 AM –  Noon | Oct 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor: Gail Smuda

Since Modern Art has a very specific time frame, we will discuss why this is nice and tidy for art historians on the one hand and impractical on the other. Also, our class will discuss (1) how to visit a museum/gallery, (2) ways to look at Modern and Contemporary Art, (3) artists who were ahead of and behind the curve, and (4) two of the following films: Frida, Pollock, Velvet Buzzsaw (viewers beware), Kusama and Infinity, Faces Places (Agnes Varda and French artist JR), Paper and Glue (French artist JR), Mr. Turner, Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy), Midnight in Paris (artistic scene of the 1920s). 

Gail Smuda has been an exhibiting artist for over 40 years. She has exhibited in 48 states and received two Individual Artist Grants from the State of New Hampshire. Retrospective exhibitions were mounted at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and at Southern NH University. Smuda’s work has been reviewed in Boston Voyager, Artscape and Fiber Arts magazines. She retired from a decade of teaching art history at Southern NH University but had been teaching art for various venues since her college days.


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