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Inside Art: The Decorative Tradition

October 24, 2012
Fullerton Hall
$12 per member; $195 for full 17-lecture series

Decorative elements in a work of art may sometimes be regarded as secondary to elements such as content or mood, but for artists throughout history, decoration has served an important function in the conception, realization, and reception of their work. Examples include functional objects such as Greek and Roman lamps; 16th- century German beer glasses; paintings by Old Masters and modern artists such as Picasso or Matisse; and works from the Art Institute's rich Japanese woodblock print collection. This lecture will explore the multiple uses of the decorative tradition through the ages in strengthening cultural bonds, expressing identity, and fulfilling social expectations.

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