Lessons in Art History

Gerard Haggerty teaches art history at Brooklyn Collage and the Chautauqua Institute, and is fairly active on the lecture circuit. In fact you can check out his syllabus on line here. All the slides and handouts are there, and there are even some poems that relate to the art. But if you’re seeking real live experience, you can also hear him lecture on “Genius: How to Define it and How to Achieve It” at Mercer County Community College April 26, noon.

What makes some paintings and sculptures timeless? Art critic Haggerty will examine what constitutes the makings of a masterpiece in this lecture.

Tapping into a wellspring of inspiration, Haggerty will explore the works of such geniuses as Giotto, Picasso, Caravaggio and Pollock.  An artist in his own right, Haggerty’s works illuminate his concern with mood and myth.

His own art is included in the Chrysler and Portland Art Museums, among others, and in private collections such as Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Jack Nicholson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. His pieces have been featured in the “XXIII American Drawing Biennial,” the “XXIV American Drawing Biennial” and the Smithsonian Institution’s “Contemporary American Drawings.”

Haggerty has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation.  His one-person exhibitions have been presented at such venues as Space Gallery in Los Angeles and Dome Gallery in New York City.  He writes for ARTnews magazine.

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