This highly interactive Delve Seminar will meander through museum galleries and pages of books, exploring commonalities in ways poets and visual artists recreate human experience. Be it in brushstroke or print, mimesis or abstraction, there is a shared vocabulary among artists of all kinds. We will absorb this vocabulary through a multisensory examination of objects, images, and texts, and through personal engagement with works in the Portland Art Museum collections, moving us beyond museum walls into the realm of memory.
Date: Thursdays, April 12–May 17, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Guide: Coleman Stevenson, Tuition: $225
This seminar meets at the Portland Art Museum.
ACCESS RATE SPOTS are available and will be offered to those registrants who demonstrate financial need and an expressed interest in attending.
«To think through things, that is the still life painter’s work—and the poet’s. Both sorts of artists require a tangible vocabulary, a worldly lexicon. A language of ideas is, in itself, a phantom language, lacking in the substance of worldly things, those containers of feeling and experience, memory and time. We are instructed by the objects that come to speak with us, those material presences. Why should we have been born knowing how to love the world? We require, again and again, these demonstrations.”
– Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
Our texts will include Mark Doty’s Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, an assortment of poems, short fiction, and essays by modern and contemporary writers, and works of art viewed in the museum space and online. Artists and writers explored will include Agnes Martin, Tom Phillips, Jen Bervin, Edward Hopper, John Dewey, Kenneth Patchen, Lewis Carroll, Mark Rothko, Larry Levis, Joyce Carol Oates, Rilke, Auden, and many more.
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty
Transforming Vision: Writers on Art (available used online)
Supplementals to be provided