Gabriel Weisberg, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota and the country's foremost expert on the Barbizon School, will deliver the Luther College 2012-13 Gerhard Marcks Art History Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building on the Luther College campus.
The illustrated lecture, titled "The Etching Renaissance in France: 1850-1880," discusses why etching became the most sensitive medium for progressive artists in the latter half of the 19th century. The lecture ties in with a student-curated art exhibit featuring a selection of the more than 160 prints from the Barbizon School donated to the Luther College Fine Arts Collection. The Barbizon School was a mid-19th century group of artists working mostly in the French town of Barbizon. This exhibit is on display in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in Luther's Center for the Arts through March 22.
A gallery reception will be held in conjunction with the closing activities of the Barbizon exhibit at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts.
In support of the Marcks lecture, Weisberg will present a workshop where he will speak on "Inventing the Exhibition" at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Valders Hall of Science Room 262.
All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Weisberg holds a bachelor's degree from New York University, and master's and doctoral degrees in art history from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota since the 1980s, teaching courses for undergraduate and graduate students in 19th and early 20th century European art. Weisberg won the prestigious Distinguished Teacher of Art History award from the College Art Association in 2012.
Along with an interest in realism and naturalism, Weisberg has researched and published on a host of issues and artists linked to the Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements. In recent years, Weisberg has devoted considerable attention to issues surrounding the recognition, reception and contributions of academic painters in the 19th century.
His specialties include 19th and early 20th century art, art in France, Art Nouveau, decorative art, graphic art, Italian Renaissance, Japanese art influences (Japonisme) and Montmartre.
Weisberg's presentations at Luther are sponsored by the Luther Art Department.