Southeastern's fall series ‘Let's Talk: Art’ begins Oct. 12

Friday, October 7, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The fall series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC), and Friends of Sims Memorial Library, kicks off  with a session focused on landscapes Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.
    The first presentation will be held at HRAC, 217 E. Thomas Street, across from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Southeastern Professor and English Department Head David Hanson will discuss “Picturing Landscape/Reading Landscape.” He said that the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, artists and amateurs packed up both their sketchbooks and their writing journals to take tours of picturesque landscapes before doing design work. The discussion will focus on the way that art and poetry of this period shared strategies for picturing and reading landscapes.              
     All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
Next up is a film presentation about Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history, called “Art and Craft (2015).” The film will be shown twice - Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., at the Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern; and Monday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m., at the HRAC.
     “Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving family member, and even a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of copies of famous works of art over the past 30 years to a staggering list of institutions across the country, taking no money for his work,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “‘Art and Craft’ is an intimate story of his obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.”
     The film is being shown twice in conjunction with HRAC’s November exhibit, Copy Cat.
     For more information, contact Johnson at (985) 549-3962.

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