The Athenaeum presents various series of art and music lectures, including topics in classical music and jazz, visual art, art history, and architecture, with speakers from San Diego and beyond.
PLUNDER! AT THE ATHENAEUM THURSDAYS IN OCTOBER
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present Plunder! European Art Looting Through the Centuries, a new series by art history lecturer James Grebl, Ph.D. The four part series will be on Thursdays through the month of October at 7:30 p.m.
The plundering of art has been a normal feature of warfare for millennia, beginning with the ancient conflicts in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, and Greece, and continuing through World War II. In addition, since the late 18th century, the more “civilized” looting of artworks by antiquarians and archaeologists has been a widespread practice. In this series, art historian James Grebl will focus on four significant aspects of art plunder perpetrated against the Near East and throughout Europe: the plunder of the Greek world in ancient and modern times; the looting of Egypt and the Near East from the Roman era until the present; Napoleon’s plunder of conquered lands; and the looting of Europe by the Nazis and the Soviets during the Second World War.
THE BEST OF BROADWAY’S BEST
PRESENTED BY BRUNO LEONE
Tuesdays, November 11 and 18, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7p.m.
Series: $24 members/$34 nonmembers
Tales of Loss & Redemption: THe Country House in the National Trust with Sean E. Sawyer, Ph.D.
From the 1880s through the 1930s, Britain experienced a revolution in land ownership only paralleled in its history by the Norman Conquest and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Britain's landed elites found themselves under attack by the forces of modernity on all fronts, and their bastion, the country house, fell to the auction block and the wrecker's ball in increasing numbers throughout the first half of the 20th century. Into this breach in the fabric of British landed society stepped a reluctant new force of social order, the National Trust. The Royal Oak Foundation's executive director, Dr. Sean E. Sawyer, will discuss the National Trust's role in rescuing some of Britain's greatest country houses and their internationally significant collections of decorative and fine arts. From a reluctant recipient of a handful of houses in the 1920s, the Trust evolved, through its Country Houses Scheme, to lead the way in preserving houses and collections through the bleakest years of the post–World War II era. The last decades of the 20th century saw a revival of fortunes for the country house and the Trust's adaptation as its role as a leading operator of visitor attractions. This is a story full of deaths, both mortal and material, and of daring rescues and bureaucratic blindness. This illustrated lecture will explore some of the Trust's most important properties, including Blickling and Hardwick Hall, and of the families and great characters who haunt them still.