All lectures are held at 7:00pm - please arrive by 6.45pm to allow time for processing as lectures start at 7.00pm sharp!
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Vincent St & Aberdare Rd, Cessnock, NSW.
Lectures are followed by supper & Hunter Valley wines.
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Monday 4th Mar, 2019
Dr Jacqueline COCKBURN PhD
One of the most cryptic movements in art will be explained through a variety of means. This lecture will consider the language we need to understand Cubist works and to be able to find meaning.
It will explore the working relationship of Picasso and Braque after the painting of Les Demoiselles D’Avignon and also show other so-called Salon Cubists such as Léger and Juan Gris who made Cubism more palatable for its audience.
Monday 25th Mar, 2019
Prof. Peter McNeil Distinguished Professor
In this talk Peter McNeil will walk you through the largest exhibition of men’s fashion ever assembled, travelling to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney 2018.
The talk will chart the rise of wool versus silk for the rich and the dramatic appearance of revolutionary cotton.
Learn how the new art of cigarette smoking led to new types of clothes and see male pleasure in dressing, across time and place and learn how the collection was created. Expect to be surprised!
Monday 6th May, 2019
Bernard ALLAN MA BA(Hons)
Only one American, Mary Cassatt, exhibited with the Impressionist group in Paris but, by the mid 1880s American Impressionism had become an important art form in the U.S., inspired by, but not imitating the French prototype.
Painters like Theodore Robinson, who had been inspired by Monet at Giverny, based themselves in artists’ colonies on the east coast of America. Here they found subject matter for paintings with a sense of nostalgia for a way of life that was fast disappearing.
Monday 8th Jul, 2019
David ROSIER Arts Society Lecturer
This lecture utilises recently available Imperial Records, plus contemporary interpretations, to present the life and achievements of one of the most important women in China’s Imperial history in a more balanced and positive manner than previous accounts from China, and Western Powers, produced in the early 20th Century.
Cixi’s rise from relative obscurity as a low-ranking Imperial Consort to Dowager Empress will be explored.
Monday 12th Aug, 2019
Jewellery and Fashion are often seen as two entirely separate and distinct fields of design, but this is very far from the case.
In his talk Andrew guides you through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence.
Along with this he discusses the clients and patrons who commissioned the jewels and how they were worn with the sumptuous gowns.
Monday 9th Sep, 2019
Colin DAVIES Arts Society Lecturer
Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31st 2016 at age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise her as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century.
She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global, but she made Britain her home.
This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life.
Monday 7th Oct, 2019
Anthony RUSSELL Arts Society Lecturer
Following the National Gallery of London's exhibition of the same title, this lecture gives a heady mixture of 'superstar' painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask.
Though some were little better than modern hooligans, many a grand tourist was highly sophisticated and had a lasting impact on Venice and how it is perceived today.
These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his works, both in public and private hands.
Monday 4th Nov, 2019
Matthew LAING BArts (Hons), BDest, PhD
Grant Wood’s American Gothic is one of the most iconic and memorable paintings in American history.
Yet for all its popularity, it is usually misinterpreted as a simple satire, and the pioneering and radical work of its extraordinary artist is virtually unknown to the wider public.
This lecture tells the story of the American regionalist movement through its three prophets – Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry and Thomas Hart Benton.
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ADFAS Pokolbin provides its members a yearly program of 8 illustrated arts-related lectures presented by skilled overseas and Australian experts plus excursions and outings in a friendly and sophisticated social setting.
All lectures will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock. Evening lectures start promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.
Visitors are welcome - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students - FREE
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