Interpreting Shakespeare in the Visual Arts
Lecture/Discussion by Barbara Applegate
Shakespeare’s poems and plays create images in the mind of the reader. For centuries, artists have made artwork based on scenes, characters, and events of his works. In this talk many fine art examples will be considered including images of Ophelia, the witches of Macbeth, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, and others. This lecture will be supported with projected digital images and will reference specific lines of Shakespeare’s writing.
Barbara Applegate (Bio)
Barbara Applegate holds a BA in Art History from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Art History and Philosophy, also from the C.W. Post. Ms. Applegate regularly teaches courses in the History of Art at LIU Post and Farmingdale State College. She has also presented lectures to lifelong learners in libraries and community centers. During her 15 year tenure at the Museum she has worked on projects with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, organized professional development opportunities, developed and presented exhibitions, and overseen the development of special websites based on the Museum’s Collection. Ms Applegate is also interested in current museum issues surrounding interpretation, the public dimension, ethics and the role of college museums. Philosophically, she believes that museums should be dynamic places that encourage exploration of the visual arts. Under her leadership, Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood continues to present high quality scholarly exhibitions and strengthens its ties to the University community, especially as a classroom where students can have firsthand experiences with the visual arts.
Inspired by Barbara Applegate’s presentation and discussion, participants will select an aspect of Shakespeare's work to do a Past, Present, and Future Makeover!
Participants will discuss images they viewed in the presentation, and favorite Shakespeare moments in a brainstorm session with Educator.
Participants will then select a character or setting, and add a prop to imagine and draw it as it would have appeared before Shakespeare's time, during our present time, and in the future.
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