Member Gallery Talk: Unraveling the Role of Earth History

Member Gallery Talk: Unraveling the Role of Earth History

Friday

January 25, 2019

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Clark Center

A series of talks features experts in three distinct fields, intrigued and inspired by Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, who give their perspectives on selected works in the exhibition. Alexis Goodin, exhibition curator, is joined by José Constantine, Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College, and Peter Murphy, Professor of English at Williams College, each exploring new ways to approach the works and themes presented in the exhibition.  

The complete series includes:

José Constantine, “Unraveling the Role of Earth History in Sculpting the Landscapes of Turner and Constable
Friday, January 25, 3 pm
José Constantine, Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College, aims to unravel the geological context of the scenery depicted in the works in the exhibition. Constantine leads a discussion of the roles of mountain building, glaciations, and the erosion of the landscape in sculpting the scenery the artists portrayed.

Alexis Goodin, “Turner’s Travels” 

Wednesday, February 27, 3 pm
Alexis Goodin, curator of the exhibition, discusses Joseph Mallord William Turner’s works in Turner and Constable, many of which feature foreign landscapes. Goodin provides context to Turner’s travels, describing his motivations and his experiences in places such as Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

Peter Murphy, “Painting, Poetry, and Meaning in the 19th-Century Landscape” 
Wednesday, March 6, 3 pm
Peter Murphy, Professor of English at Williams College, explores the difference between a painting from the exhibition and a related poem, using the common interests of the period as the base. Murphy helps to explain the meaning found in the landscape of each.