Unique Opportunities to Learn About Alexander Calder and Michelangelo at Seattle Art Museum

Some of the country’s most respected experts speak about Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act and Michelangelo Public and Private, both on view at SAM

It’s not too late for visitors to the Seattle Art Museum to get to know its two special exhibitions in unique depth. Engaging talks by some of the most respected experts on Alexander Calder and Michelangelo will reveal new information about these behemoths of the art world during lectures on January 14 and January 15, 2010, in conjunction with the exhibitions Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act and Michelangelo Public and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti.

JANUARY 14, 7-8 PM
TWO ARTISTS: ALEXANDER CALDER AND HERBERT MATTER with Jessica Holmes, deputy director of the Calder Foundation
During this lecture, Jessica Holmes, deputy director of the Calder Foundation, discusses the long and inspired friendship between Alexander Calder and Herbert Matter. Shortly after his arrival in the United States, photographer and graphic designer Herbert Matter gained the confidence of sculptor Alexander Calder. Matter would make the most complete photographic record of Calder during the critical early years of his artistic development.

JANUARY 15, 2010, 7–8 PM

Do we really need a new biography of Michelangelo? Is there anything left to say? William E. Wallace speaks about the challenges and excitement of writing a modern biography of the famous Renaissance artist. Wallace offers a substantially new view of the artist, who was not only a great sculptor, painter, architect and poet but also an aristocrat who believed in the ancient and noble origins of his family. William E. Wallace is a professor Renaissance art and architecture at Washington University in Saint Louis and an internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo. In addition to more than eighty essays, chapters and articles, he is the author and editor of four different books on Michelangelo. His latest book, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times, was published in October 2009. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Tickets may be purchased at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM’s three sites or over the phone with a credit card by calling the Box Office at 206.654.3121 206.654.3121 . Ticket prices are: $8 adult; $6 student or senior; $4 SAM members; and free to members of SAM’s Decorative Arts and Paintings Council. The lecture takes place in the Seattle Art Museum’s


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