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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

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E.g., 08/24/2019
E.g., 08/24/2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Led by Daniele Macuglia. Three sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
2019 is a special year for admirers of Leonardo da Vinci, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. This seminar will celebrate Leonardo by focusing on the wonderful machines documented in a selection of materials held at the Newberry. In particular, we will explore…
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Led by Debra N. Mancoff. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
The face of Pre-Raphaelite art was extraordinary: soulful eyes, pouting lips, and a magnificent crown of hair. Through paintings, primary documents, archival photographs, historic dress, and contemporary poetry and prose, this seminar explores the ideas and ideals of this image, as well as the fascinating women…
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Led by Lesa Dowd. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This course will explore the modern crossed-structure bookbinding. The soft covered book created in this class has flexible features that make it ideal as a journal or a sketchbook. Participants will create a leather-covered multi-section book…
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Although the modern approach to design now known as Art Deco originated in Europe, it was soon embraced by American architects and designers. This seminar examines the expression of Art Deco in American design from architecture to furniture, decorative objects to fashion and jewelry, and graphic arts to industrial design…
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Led by Alexis Culotta, PhD. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
What explains the metamorphosis of the Gothic into the Renaissance style? In order to answer this question and others, this seminar offers an exciting look at the revolutionary figures of 14th- and 15th-century European art…
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Led by Margaret Farr. One session. 1 - 4 pm.
Joseph Cornell’s box constructions feature the most common of materials (marbles, clay pipes, newspaper and magazine fragments, and postage stamps, to name a few) and seem at first glance as if they are toys for children. Yet Cornell’s sophisticated combinations…
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions 2 - 4 pm.
Beginning in 1900, the United States underwent a period of unprecedented social and technological change that would herald broad transformations in American society through the first half of the century. This course explores how American artists responded to explosive urban growth, industrial expansion, the Great Migration, the Depression, and the coming of European modernism…
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions. 10 am - noon.
Political and social turbulence, as well as an architectural and artistic efflorescence, characterized late 19th-century Paris. Topics to be treated in this exploration of Paris during the Belle Époque include the Second Empire; Baron Haussmann and the remaking of Paris; the Paris Commune and the troubled foundations of the Third Republic…
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Led by Jeff Nigro & John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
This class has been cancelled.
Celebrate the glories of Venetian art and music from the city’s Renaissance heyday through its Baroque period and the cultural flowering of the late Republic. Each session of this course will involve presentations by the instructors and group discussions of select works of art and music…
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Led by Lesa Dowd. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
aste paper is an early form of decorative paper that has been used in bookbinding since the early 16th century. This course will explore historical designs and techniques while offering participants the opportunity to examine samples of bookbindings with paste paper features from the Newberry’s collection. Participants will create their own patterned paste papers…
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Led by Alexis Culotta, PhD. One session. 1 - 4 pm.
What does it mean when a skull is included in a still life? Why is Daphne often depicted as sprouting tree branches for arms? In this one-day seminar, we will journey into the complex web of symbolic and allegorical references in the art of the Old Masters…
Saturday, November 23, 2019
led by Jeff Nigro. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
In late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe, a group of gifted women artists rose to prominence, thanks to the opportunities afforded by the upheaval of the French Revolution and simultaneous cultural shifts toward more “feminine” values like sensibility and domesticity. Despite facing many of the same obstacles and sexist assumptions that women artists have faced throughout history…