Art Bites: Lunchtime Art Talks

In this series of 15-miunute talks, Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler curator of academic programs and collections at the Williamson Gallery, takes a close-up look at individual ceramic works in the collection.

T’ang Dynasty Camel, China Anonymous, 8th c., earthenware, 24 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. x 16 in., Gift of Mrs. Jean Ames’ Estate, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

This spring, in conjunction with the Scripps College 75th Ceramic Annual exhibition at the Williamson Gallery (January 2 – April 7, 2019), Meher McArthur will give a series of 15-minute lunchtime talks, each focusing on a ceramic art object in the College’s collection of over 2,000 ceramics. McArthur will spotlight five very different works. Some are modern pieces that reflect evolving artistic forms and styles, while others are survivors of fallen civilizations that carry memories of ancient cultures. In these brief art talks, she will demonstrate how ceramics have not only served as vessels for food and drink but also as containers of cultural information, documenting social traditions, scientific technology, religious beliefs and economic trends.

ART BITES SPRING 2019: A Quick Bite of Ceramics
All talks will be held at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at 12:30 pm.

Wednesday, February 6

Camel Tomb Ceramic, China, Tang dynasty (618-907), glazed earthenware

Wednesday, February 13

Whistling Water Jug, Peru, 3rd to 9th century AD, earthenware with oxidized iron black finish

Wednesday, February 27

Shigaraki Tea Bowl, Japan, 20th century, stoneware with natural ash glaze

Wednesday, March 6

Two Bowls, China, 17-18c, porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze

Wednesday, March 13

Sculpture, 1956
Ceramic sculpture by renowned ceramicist Peter Voulkos, USA

(For more information, please contact mmcarthu@scrippscollege.edu)

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