On November 25, 2015

Middlebury professor looks inside world of Impressionist painting

Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. — RUTLAND — Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving will discuss the thinking behind the Impressionist art movement in a talk at Rutland Free Library on Dec. 2 at 7 pm. Her talk, “The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Hoving will examine how Impressionists focused in their paintings of contemporary life on cutting-edge modern subjects, imbuing them with controversial, even shocking, meanings.

Hoving is the Charles A. Dana professor of art history and chair of the department of history of art and architecture at Middlebury College, where she teaches courses on modern mrt and the history of photography. She has published widely on a number of topics in modern art and photo history. Her most recent book is “Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars,” published by Princeton University Press.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Rutland include “Amelia” with Champlain College professor Nancy Nahra on Jan. 6; “The Shawshank Experience” with UVM professor Tony Magistrale on Feb. 3; and “America’s Challenges in a New World Order” with distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger on March 2.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802-773-1860, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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