Focus on Community/Arts
Chesapeake College Sponsors Cultural Bus Trip to D.C.

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

WYE MILLS - Chesapeake College is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 7. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased from the Chesapeake College business office.

The buses will pick up passengers in the Super Fresh parking lot in Chestertown at 7:45 a.m., Chesapeake College at 8:15 a.m., and at the Bay Bridge Park and Ride on Kent Island at 8:45 a.m. The buses are scheduled to arrive at the National Gallery of Art on the mall at 10 a.m. and will depart from that location at 3 p.m., arriving back at the college by 5 p.m. There will be four special exhibits available for viewing at the time of the trip to the National Gallery.

Dada: Dada, one of the crucially significant movements of the historical avant-garde, was born in the heart of Europe in the midst of World War I. In the wake of that brutal conflict, Dadaists raucously challenged tradition, and art-making was changed forever. The most comprehensive museum exhibition of Dada art ever mounted in the United States, Dada features painting, sculpture, photography, film, collage, and readymades emerging in six cities: Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hannover, New York and Paris. The exhibition presents many of the most influential figures in the history of modernism including Tristan Tzara, Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber, Hans Richster and Max Ernst.

Amorous Intrigues and Painterly Refinements - The Art of Frans van Mieris: Praised by contemporaries as the most important of all Leiden "fijnschilders", Van Mieris is best known for his innovative interior scenes and elegant portraits. Although he painted serious allegories and portraits, most of his works are thoughtful yet lighthearted genre scenes. Van Mieris´s pictures were widely copied by contemporaries and influenced many fellow painters, including Vermeer. Intimate in scale, the masterpieces rarely measure more than 15 square inches.

Photographic Discoveries – Recent Acquisitions: The National Gallery of Art has significantly expanded its holdings of both 19th and 20th century European and American photographs. Presenting 70 works by such celebrated photographers William Henry Fox Talbot, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz and Aleksandr Rodchenko, this exhibition highlights significant new acquisitions of photographs made during the first century of the medium´s history. Organized around the theme of discovery, the exhibition demonstrates how photographers sought to understand techniques for making pictures using this new medium. The exhibition also explores how the evolving techniques of photography not only enable its practitioners to perfect their craft, but also to discover innovative ways of examining and representing the world.

Cezanne in Provence: This will be the principal international exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Paul Cezanne´s death. A key figure in the impressionist and post-impressionist movements, he is often seen as the father of modern art. More than 100 of Cezanne´s greatest oil paintings and watercolors will demonstrate his intense, emotional engagement with the countryside of his birthplace, Aix-en-Provence. Works depicting such scenes as Cezanne´s family home of Jas de Bouffan, Mont Sante-Victoire, the Mediterranean coast at L´Estaque, the dramatic quarry at Bibemus, and the Chateau Noir will come from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States.

Chesapeake College students, their guests and the general public are welcome to participate in the trip. For ticket information, call 410- 822-5400, 758-1537 or 228-4360, ext. 400.


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