September 8 Lecture on “The Figure in Art on the Monterey Peninsula and Beyond”

Old Monterey Foundation will hold its fourth and final free event as part of the 2016 Lecture Series on Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The Lecture Series is sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County for the third year as well as MIddlebury Institute of International Studies.

While the natural environment of the central coast has captivated artists from all eras, the figure has been just as enchanting. Painters such as Joan Savo, Charles Eckart, and Theophilus Brown depict figures in enigmatic poses both real and imagined, while photographers such as Ansel Adams, Dorthea Lange, and Pirkle Jones show us the rituals and circumstances of people caught in a moment of time. During this lecture, Ami Davis will discuss how the figurative tradition in painting, sculpture and photography influenced artists on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond in the Bay Area. She will present masterpieces from the Monterey Museum of Art’s collection of Monterey artists and explore their significance within the context of Western art history. This lecture complements the permanent collection exhibitions, “Re:Pose: Paintings” and “Re:Pose: Photography,” on view at the Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Street, starting the summer of 2016.

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Ami Davis has been an art museum professional since 1998. She holds an M.A. in Art History from California State University, San Jose. She has served institutions such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. She has also served as an instructor for courses in contemporary art at UCLA Extension and has been a panelist and presenter at numerous national museum conferences. She works toward making art meaningful and dynamic for all communities.


Free Admission-Reception to Follow

This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up

For more information, call (831) 346-3030.

The lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.

Image: Roland Petersen (1926 – ), Untitled (abstract figures), 1961, oil on board. Collection Monterey Museum of Art, gift of Barbara and William Hyland. © Roland Petersen