American Aesthetic Lecture Series


Join us for one or all five of  these engaging evening lectures, delivered by distinguished, nationally ranked American art and design specialists

A 2012-2013 evening lecture series at the Scarab Club exploring the contributions of leading figures in American art and design from the late 19th through early 21st centuries.

American Aesthetic: Clyde Burroughs Dinner/Lecture series on American Art & Design is named for the individual whose pivotal, pioneering role in American art formed the nascent American collections at the DIA as well as helped guide the Scarab Club through its formative years.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thomas Hart Benton’s Early Works: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1920s
Andrew Thompson, Owner, Andrew Thompson Fine Art LLC  
Chair for the evening is Lynn Jovick
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was in his lifetime the most famous
artist in America. His portrait graced the cover of  Time magazine in 1934
and he was recognized as one of  the primary figures of  Regionalism, also
known as American Scene painting. Benton and Regionalism are generally
associated with the Midwest and American Heartland. However, it was
Benton’s close connection to the island of  Martha’s Vineyard off  the New
England coast that led to many of  the aesthetic and stylistic developments
that would ultimately characterize Benton’s unique style and Regionalism as 
a whole. It was on Martha’s Vineyard in the 1920s that the innovations of 
American Modernism, the studio techniques of  the Old Masters, and even
the unique geological character of  the island landscape merged to inform
Benton’s early experimentation and his development into one of  the most
significant American artists of  the twentieth century.

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Evening Schedule
Cocktails 6:00 pm  in the Gallery - Dinner 7:00 pm in the Lounge - Lecture 8:00 pm Gallery

Dinner & Lecture Series Fee
Members  $50 per lecture
Non-Members  $65 per lecture

Purchase tickets here electronically or call
the office, 313.831.1250, for payment by cash or check.  Pre-registration
is required. Walk-ins are not possible, due to dinner preparation.

Parking for this series is free and available in the Scarab Club parking lot
(adjacent to the building) and on Farnsworth.

217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202    Phone:  313.831.1250   HOURS   Gallery: Wednesday - Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm   Office: Monday - Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm

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The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.