Presidential Professor lecture series on art and the mind continues Oct. 30-Nov. 1

The University of Nebraska’s Visiting Presidential Professor, renowned scholar, curator and author Jonathan Fineberg, continues his 2012-13 lecture series on art and the mind Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 in Lincoln and Omaha. The lectures – the second in a four-part series – will be delivered at the Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R streets in Lincoln, at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 30; and at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. in Omaha, at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. The lectures are free and open to the public, and will each be followed by a reception.

Fineberg’s lecture series is titled “The Origin of the Image: What Modern Art Tells Us About the Mind.” His second lecture, “The Ineffable, the Unspeakable, and the Inspirational: A Grammar,” will attempt to hypothesize a grammar for unconscious thought in form, centered on the example of the non-verbal exchange between Calder and Miró through their materials.

Fineberg is the Gutgsell Professor of Art History Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y. His work, “Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being, 3rd Edition,” is used extensively as a textbook for modern art history classes in universities around the country. He is a graduate of Harvard University and is a trustee emeritus of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., where he was founding director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art.

The third and fourth lectures in Fineberg’s Visiting Presidential Professor series will take place March 12-13 and April 2-3. Following his professorship, Fineberg will write his formal lectures as a book, to be published as the University of Nebraska Presidential Lectures.

More information about Fineberg, including his curriculum vitae, can be found on his website, NU President James B. Milliken announced Fineberg’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor in July.


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