Georgia museum director to discuss Alabama art at AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – William Underwood Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of
Georgia, will discuss Alabama art during the years 1930-1946 as part of Auburn University’s “New Perspectives: Looking at 20th-Century Alabama Art” lecture series, on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Eiland will take a historical and literary approach in his examination of Alabama art created during the years 1930-1946. Using information about the economic and social context of the period, he will discuss various Alabama artists, their work, and their contributions to American art, as well as what Eiland identifies as their three great themes: race, religion, and ruralism.

The next lecture in the series will take place on Feb. 6 with a presentation by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on the topic of the cultural roots of self-taught art in Alabama.

“New Perspectives” is sponsored by Auburn University’s Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is co-sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book, AU Art Department, and Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. For more information, call 844-4946.

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)

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