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Sunday Art Lecture Series, Gallery Associates

Modern Art Movements and the Expression of Identity

Feb 4 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


With Dr. Betsy Tumasonis

Every artist stands on the shoulders of those who have come before. To understand the art of the twenty-first century, it is useful to have some knowledge of the art of the previous century, especially that of the period after World War II. Dr. Tumasonis will survey post-war art movements, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Installation, Performance Art, and Neo-Expressionism, and demonstrate how these have affected contemporary artists in Western Canada. Recent art might be termed “post-movement” art because there is no one over-riding style that can be discerned in the current art scene; however, there are some recurring themes. Foremost of these is a concern with identity such as gender, ethnicity, or religion.

Dr. Betsy Tumasonis, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia; an M.A. in Art History from New York University; and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching in the United States, she immigrated to Canada in 1981 and joined what is now the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at UVic. Besides being chair of the department, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, receiving a UVic teaching award and one in a national competition for professors in all disciplines. Since retirement, she has returned to her first love, the practice of art.


Image Credits: Dr. Betsy Tumasonis – courtesy of speaker | Hypnotic Face – Herbert Siebner (Canadian, 1925-2003), 1966 , oil , 23.6×29.1”, Gift of Olive Heritage  (AGGV 1989.033.014)

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