Art History & Appreciation

I Know It When I See It Series: Codpieces and Fig Leaves

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This is event is being held online. After registering, connection information will be emailed to you.

General Public
$100 for all four sessions/ $25 per class
PAFA Members: $80 for all four sessions/ $20 per class
Image of Joan Semmel, photographing her naked body in a mirror

Inspired by PAFA’s retrospective exhibition of the work of pioneering feminist Joan Semmel (b. 1932), this series of four evening lectures will explore issues suggested by her preferred subject matter: the unclothed human body.  More specifically, in these richly illustrated talks art historian Nancy G. Heller will explore what is generally called “erotic” art.  

 In Class Three we will discuss the ingenious ways artists emphasize, or obscure, the member in question.  Artists whose works will be discussed include Ming-Yi Sung, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Thomas Eakins, Sylvia Sleigh, and Joan Semmel.

Important Note: To help accommodate diverse schedules, individual class sessions will be recorded and made available to class participants for a week after each class takes place.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Joan Semmel: Skin In The Game