Marcy talks art, once again

Marcy B. Freedman, whom WAG is fond of calling its “favorite performance artist,” is putting her art-historian hat back on.

The Croton-on-Hudson woman, whose work we have often featured, is also an art historian. We know that firsthand, having had the pleasure of hearing her speak on “Great Women Artists of the 20thCentury” back in 2017.

Freedman, who has both a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees within the field of art history, is perhaps better known for her solo and collaborative artistic efforts, often based out of her longtime Peekskill studio.

Now, she tells us, she is to set to present a series of art history lectures at Hudson Valley MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), formerly known as HVCCA.

“Art History with Twists and Turns,” will kick off Dec. 9 with the first lecture, “Inebriation in Western Art.”

Here’s how the opener’s being advanced:

“Who is your favorite drunkard represented in a painting or sculpture? Freedman will give you several examples from which to choose. A woman drinks beer in an ancient Egyptian wall painting. Dionysus, the god of wine, appears on ancient Greek vases.  Ancient Roman sculptors – and Michelangelo – represent Bacchus, while many painters of the Italian Renaissance focus upon bacchanalias. In 17th-century Dutch genre scenes and 19th-century French bar scenes, sots abound. In this lecture, the joys and perils of drinking alcohol will be explored using artistic masterpieces from many different eras.”

Leave it to Freedman to put her creative spin on any topic.

The series will continue with “Representing Dance in Visual Art” Jan. 6, and conclude Feb. 3 with “Bodily Functions as Subject Matter!” All lectures start at 3 p.m.

For more, visit hudsonvalleymoca.org or marcybfreedman.com.

– Mary Shustack

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