UT Department of Art Summer Lecture Series on ‘Aesthetics of Light’
The 2008 Summer Art Session Lecture Series will present the topic of LIGHT from various points of view—from the perspective of the visual arts to the performing arts. The Summer Lecture Series offers a wealth of insightful perspectives on the aesthetics of light and accompanies the exploration of light in many of the summer art courses.
For five Wednesdays at noon during May, June, and July, students, faculty, and the general public have the opportunity to expand their awareness of the cultural, historical, and perceptual aspects of light. The University of Toledo faculty presenters come together from different disciplines including art history, new media art, theatre, and physics and astronomy.
They will speak on topics as varied as: qualities of light in ancient Egypt; the nature of perception; the symbolism of light in the avant-garde theatre; light in contemporary installation art; and experimental forms of writing using light.
The Series plus the Summer Session Classes will inspire new ways of thinking and looking at light and art. The schedule of lecture times follows:
May 21, 2008: Ordering the Cosmos: Light and Dark in Ancient Egypt; presented by Richard Putney, Professor of Art History;
May 28: Finding the Absolute in a Relative World; presented by Lawrence Anderson-Huang, Professor of Physics and Astronomy;
June 25: The Symbolism of Light in Turn-of-the-Century Avant-Garde Theatre; presented by Edmund Lingan, Assistant Professor of Theatre;
July 2: Contemporary Installation Art & Light; presented by Rajorshi Ghosh, Visiting Assistant Professor, Art;
July 9: Light Writing: the Light and Language of Gyorgy Kepes; presented by Christopher Burnett, Associate Professor of New Media.
The lecture series is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, simply come. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will be held in the Haigh Auditorium of the Center for the Visual Arts, at 620 Grove Place, from Noon to 1:00PM. For more information on the summer program visit: www.utoledo.edu/summerart/