February 1, 2023

Professor Debbie Felton will be presenting a public lecture on "Ancient Monsters in Modern Art" at the Springfield Museums on Thursday, February 9, 2023, 12:15–1:30pm.

Monsters have been one of the most popular and enduring aspects of classical mythology for thousands of years. This talk discusses how modern art has adapted monsters from ancient Greek myth. From the Pre-Raphaelites to Pablo Picasso to Romare Bearden, modern artists (mid-19th to late 20th centuries) have used classical monsters to reflect changing cultural interests and concerns, such as the tension between the Industrial Revolution and appreciation for the natural world; the development of psychoanalysis and attention to the unconscious; and the effects of colonization and racism on society.

More information available at the Springfield Museums site.