Curator’s Choice Lecture: Explosive Serenity, Divine Hellfire: Rothko’s Abstractions

Dr. Michael Leja will lecture on the art of Mark Rothko.

When: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $10

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures


Michael Leja, Ph.D. is the Director of the Visual Studies Program and Professor in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Although he occasionally professed to hate art critics, Mark Rothko had a surprisingly productive relationship with some of them, helping him understand and explain his work through words and metaphors. His art, while deliberately abstract, was deeply invested in allusive references that he tried to control, multiply, and balance. His critics helped him meet this persistent challenge: together they engaged in a contradictory process of invoking, layering, and disavowing allusions and associations.

Michael Leja studies 19th- and 20th-century visual arts in various media primarily in the United States, and strives to understand visual artifacts in relation to contemporary cultural, social, political, and intellectual developments. He is especially interested in examining the interactions between works of art and particular audiences.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Dec. 21, 2012
Last updated Jan. 10, 2013


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