Wednesday, January 6
Please join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Philip Eliasoph, Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Fairfield University, and artist Melissa Barbieri, to discuss Barbieri’s current exhibition, Memories, Dreams and Archetypes, on view at the Lyman Allyn through January 24, 2021.
The exhibition showcases Barbieri’s recent series of large-scale calligraphic works on paper that combine text, imagery, and symbols. With dynamic, flowing compositions, these paintings explore the divide between conscious and unconscious, focusing on the dichotomy and duality of the ocean and the desert. Dr. Philip Eliasoph and Melissa Barbieri will discuss the artist’s recent work and ideas, examining her evolution as an artist and her interest in archetypes, mythology, and symbolism.
This lecture is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.
While this event is free, online donations are greatly appreciated.
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About Melissa Barbieri
Born in Fairfield, CT, Barbieri paints out of her studio in Essex in the Connecticut River Valley. She studied classical painting in the Italian Renaissance manner with Frank Covino before attending the Ringling College of Art and Design. Her work is fueled by her life-long fascination of both the vast romantic desert of the West and the dark power of the deep sea. Employing comparative mythology, symbolism, and archetypes, she explores how these elements are interwoven in ancient, classical, and modern culture and reside in our psyche today. Learn more.
About Dr. Philip Eliasoph
Dr. Philip Eliasoph, Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Fairfield University, is counted among the leading experts on 20th century American painting and social theory. Notably credited with the rediscovery of American master Paul Cadmus, [N.A. 1904-1999] he has published countless books, articles, and exhibition catalogs focusing on Magic Realism, narrative symbolism, and Renaissance painting techniques including egg yolk tempera and fresco. Eliasoph’s articles and reviews have appeared in Art in America, American Artist, Antiques & Fine Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Journal. Since 2017 he has served as faculty curator for the InEducation international blog of The New York Times where he comments weekly on global art trends, museum exhibitions, art world ethics and controversies.