McIntire Art Lecture to Focus on American Film, Literature and the Depression

October 05, 2011

October 5, 2011 — The McIntire Department of Art in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences and The Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History will host art historian Charles Palermo as part of the 2011-12 McIntire Lecture Series.

His lecture, "Fantasy of Goodwill: Frank Capra, James Agee, Walker Evans" will be held Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. A reception will follow in Fayerweather Hall Lounge.

Capra's 1932 film, "American Madness," and James Agee and Walker Evans' 1941 publication, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," both address the financial disaster of the Great Depression. While these significant American texts about the 1930s may seem to be as different in sensibility and in tone as one can imagine, Palermo's lecture will explore how, at a deep level, the works express formally and thematically a shared concern about the nature of money and its relation to community.
Palermo, Alumni Memorial Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Art History at The College of William & Mary, is expert on 20th-century modernism with an emphasis on French art and literature from Symbolism, a late 19th-century art movement that favored spirituality, imagination and dreams, through the early 1930s, and on the history and theory of art photography, especially the work of Agee, Evans, Guillaume Apollinaire, Peter Henry Emerson, Douglas Gordon, Michel Leiris, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.

He is the author of "Fixed Ecstasy: Joan Miró in the 1920s" (University Park, 2008), "A Project for Wholeness," an essay in the exhibition catalog "Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-12," and a forthcoming book, "Inheritances: Understanding Photographic Texts."

Free parking for the lecture is available after 5 p.m. in the Culbreth Road Garage.

The schedule of the 2011-12 McIntire Lecture Series is available online.

— By Jane Ford

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Jane Ford

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