AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM - AUTUMN 2018
Whistler and Nature
Tuesday 5 February and Thursday 14 March
This temporary exhibition explores James McNeill Whistler's (1834-1903), revolutionary attitude towards the natural world with works ranging from his celebrated London nocturnes to his European coastal and pastoral scenes. Whistler was an American artist who lived most of his life in the UK. He was known for his bold personality and innovative artistic style. He had a reputation for verbal and legal retaliations against art critics, dealers, and artists who insulted his work, the most famous example of which was his 1878 libel case against the critic John Ruskin. The tour will focus on works in the exhibition and may take us to other parts of the museum.
Cost: £30 including refreshments.
Ways of Seeing
Thursday 24, 31 January, 7 and 14 February
This short course, based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, will look at how we 'read' objects and works of art. Each week will take a different theme as a starting point from which to explore the museum's extraordinary collections and discover how art and objects communicate ideas and meaning. The course will look at objects from different periods and cultures and be led by Sarah Burles. Discussion, as well as careful observation, will be encouraged.
Cost: £100 for 4 weeks