Monday, March 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
"Scheherazade and her Sisters: Real and Ideal Women of the Gilded Age"
Speaker: Bram Dijkstra, Cultural Historian and Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego
Artists working in the late 19th and early 20th century in both Europe and the United States used a variety of strategies to depict women. This lecture examines the remarkable works of art collected over several decades by Sandra and Bram Dijkstra that are on view in the Timken's special exhibition Captivating Women from the Dijkstra Collection(February 11 through May 10, 2020).
Bram Dijkstra, a distinguished cultural historian and Professor Emeritus of American and Comparative Literature at UCSD, explores the connection between art, history, and ideology. He is the author of several classic books, including Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture (Oxford UP, 1986), Georgia O’Keeffe and the Eros of Place (Princeton UP, 1998), Evil Sisters: The Threat of Female Sexuality and the Cult of Manhood (Knopf, 1996), Naked: The Nude in America (Rizzoli, October 2010), and more. He has curated many San Diego-based art exhibitions, including the San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego History Center, La Jolla Historical Society, and the La Jolla Athenaeum.
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