FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Anita Kirchen, Ph.D.

Art Appreciation

Anita Kirchen, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree in Comparative Studies from FAU in 2003, following studies in art history and women’s studies. She has been teaching at FAU, the FAU Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and Palm Beach State College since 2000 and often lectures to community organizations.

Art and Artwork, Artist and Subject
Adventures in Art History

Fine art images are as diverse as human life itself so it follows that exploration of art images and subjects can lead to many and varied adventures. In this series we will examine landscapes, self-portraits, visual art’s association with music, images of war, American portraits, and the intricacies of Postmodern art.

Six Lectures
  1. As Far as the Eye Can See — Second only to the human form, the landscape dominates visual art, presenting not only — and not always — a view of land, sea, sky, or city, but also a sense of place. Although we are privileged to look through the eyes of the artist, that vision is not always entirely photogenic or picturesque.
  2. Mirror Image — Since the 15th century, artists painted themselves with the same attention to detail demanded by their patrons. The obvious question is why? For the sake of honing their skills? To fulfill narcissistic desires? As a demonstration of professional status? The answer is all of the above and more.
  3. Consonance/Dissonance — Is there a connection between art and music? Certainly some of the greatest composers are immortalized in portraits, but are there other interconnections between the two art forms? Can visual images inspire music? Do artists express sound in their images?
  4. The Four Horsemen — Art contains so much of human experience, yet while glorious conquests have been commemorated, realistic images of violence and death are often overlooked. Warfare, social unrest, and pestilence are as much a part of visual art as they are part of human history.
  5. American Portraits — The first artworks produced in what would become the United States of America were portraits; the faces of the first settlers and their families. Over time American art has expanded, yet it is the portrait that perhaps represents us the best — our individuality, independence, and what might be called our pioneer spirit.
  6. The Postmodern Vision — Since the mid-20th century, the diversification of visual art creates a staggering amount of not just imagery, but also ideas. Postmodern artists tend to speak of conceptual issues and cultural concerns on a personal and social level, often leaving the viewer confused and feeling abandoned.
Course # F6R1 — 6 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays — October 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11 – No Class November 27
  Time:9:45–11:15 a.m.
  Fee:$51/member; $76/non-member
Course # F4R2 — Last 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays — November 13, 20; December 4, 11 – No Class November 27
  Time:9:45–11:15 a.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member