October 2013 Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at MFAH

Photo © Hulya Kolabas, New York

This series of lecture are held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speakers follows each lecture.

Oct 11-12: Design at the Turn of the Century: Koloman Moser and His Circle, 1890–1910
Vienna at the turn of the 20th century was an incubator for progressive design. As one of the leaders of the design revolution, Koloman Moser and his colleagues Josef Hoffmann, Dagobert Pesce, Josef Maria Olbrich and others developed a new Viennese modernism that remains influential today. Presented by Cindi Strauss, curator of decorative arts and design.

Oct. 18-19: Klimt – Schiele – Moser
Explore the interaction of these three radically different artistic temperaments, united under the mantle of the Viennese Secession, as they forged a thoroughly modern, uniquely Viennese, style of painting. Presented by Helga Aurisch, curator of European art.

Oct. 25-26: Koloman Moser and Vienna's Fin-de-siècle Architecture
At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was the cultural epicenter of Central Europe. As capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna was teeming with talent in art, science, literature, philosophy and architecture. The Vienna Secession was founded in 1897, and the Wiener Werkstätten followed in 1905. In this context, Koloman Moser collaborated with Otto Wagner, the foremost city planner and architect of the Empire, as did Wagner's pupils, including Jože Plečnik and Joseph Maria Olbrich. Other notables working during this period included Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos. Presented by Dietmar Froehlich, associate professor, University of Houston, and Celeste Williams, AIA.

Nov. 8-9: Posada's "Calaveras" — Roots and Reasons
José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) is considered the father of Mexican printmaking. He produced prints depicting current events, often satirizing the misdeeds of prominent political and religious leaders. Following his death, his calaveras (Spanish for "skulls") — farcical representations in which living people are represented as skeletons — became associated with the holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated in Mexico and around the world on at the beginning of November. Presented by Marion Oettinger Jr., curator of Latin American art, San Antonio Art Museum.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


$5 - $20
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