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So...This is Art? An Illustrated Examination of Modern and Contemporary Art

John T. Farrell Sr. Fall 2006 Forum slated for Oct. 26

Chicago (Oct. 5, 2006) – Art historian and educator Kathleen Gibbons will discuss modern and contemporary works of art from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 , in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. 

The lecture, titled “So…This is Art? An Illustrated Examination of Modern and Contemporary Art,” is part of the Fall 2006 John T. Farrell Sr. Forum of Saint Xavier’s Renaissance Academy. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

The lecture will discuss how works of art created after World War II often puzzle rather than inspire viewers. Linking modern art with contemporary works of the early 1900s, Gibbons will illustrate how art is constantly changing, yet maintains a connection to the past. A slide presentation will accompany the lecture.

The forum is named in honor of John T. Farrell Sr., a senior economic research analyst and deputy branch chief for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1952 to 1979. Farrell and his wife, Lucille, were facilitators at the Renaissance Academy, teaching a class called “Inside Washington” and a writing workshop. After his death in 1994, Lucille gave a contribution to fund the speaker’s bureau in his name.

Questions will be taken following the presentation. For more information, please contact the Renaissance Academy at (773) 298-3149. 

The Renaissance Academy is a collegial association of retired and semi-retired men and women who share learning experiences and intellectual growth in a friendly, relaxed academic setting. Enrollment is open to all who believe in the importance of pursuing lifelong learning opportunities. Classes are peer-facilitated and include topics like philosophy, history, literature, current events, poetry, and computer technology. The Renaissance Academy is affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute, which is devoted to lifelong learning and intellectual stimulation for senior citizens.


Contact the Renaissance Academy at (773) 298-3149 

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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