Kalamazoo Art League Hosts James Elkins

Why not? Spirituality in Contemporary Art - Wednesday, April 14, 10 a.m.

Posted: April 1, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
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April 1, 2010

Farrell Howe
(269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Kalamazoo Art League Hosts James Elkins
Why not? Spirituality in Contemporary Art - Wednesday, April 14, 10 a.m.

Kalamazoo, MI - Thursday, April 1, 2010. The Kalamazoo Art League is hosting an art lecture with controversial critic, scholar and author James Elkins on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m.

In this talk, Elkins focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science and nature. He will discuss how and why spirituality and religion, once the most common theme depicted in all art mediums, is now rarely seen portrayed by modern artists.

James Elkins

A graduate of the University of Chicago with dual degrees in painting and Art History as well as a PhD in Art History, Elkins is an accomplished writer with a focus on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Others include scientific and non-art images, writing systems, and archaeology (The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them), and some are about natural history (How to Use Your Eyes).

When he isn't writing, Elkins is an accomplished lecturer who speaks across the country on various art-related topics. His opinions regarding these subjects have made him a fascinating draw for art aficionados who find his opinions to be both educational and at times, controversial. For more information regarding James Elkins, visit his website at www.jameselkins.com.

The lecture begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 general; $3 for students with ID from WMU, K College, KVCC or the Kirk Newman Art School and free for Art League members.

Membership in the Kalamazoo Art League is open to any member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Benefits include free admission to all Art League programs, priority reservations for DepARTures trips to private collections and other museums, and invitations to additional social events. Membership to the Kalamazoo Art League costs $35.

For more information about Art League or the James Elkins lecture, please contact the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at (269) 349-7775 or visit our website at www.kiarts.org.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.