smART talks: September 2019

  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Stanley Visual Classroom, Iowa Memorial Union, third floor
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City

Join us for a conversation filled with art, discovery, and community!

Goya's Disasters of War and Tolstoy's War and Peace: A Dialogue Between Art and Literature

Anna Barker, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Russian Literature, will discuss Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace in conjunction with an exhibition of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’s Disasters of War. Goya published his prints in 1863, the same year Tolstoy began his novel. Goya made the plates for the iconic series during the Peninsular War (1807–1814) between Spain and the French Empire led by Napoleon Bonaparte; Tolstoy’s novel dealt with Napoleon’s invasion of Russia during the same period. Tolstoy’s language and indictment of war resonates powerfully with Goya’s prints. 

To mark the 150th anniversary of the book publication of War and Peace, the Stanley Museum of Art has joined with the University of Iowa's Main Library Special Collections to present Tolstoy’s novel in conversation with Goya’s prints in the Stanley Visual Classroom (on view through December 8) and in the University of Iowa's Main Library, Special Collections Reading Room from September 9–December 19, 2019.

Anna Barker received her PhD in Comparative Literature in 2002 with a dissertation in translation studies. Her areas of interest include 19th-century Russian and European literature, Russian cultural history, and Wonder Woman. In recent years, she has regularly taught the authors course “Tolstoy and Dostoevsky,” organizing a campus-community celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy’s death in 2010.  

Stanley smART talks present faculty of the University of Iowa and members of the community whose work relates to current events. Speakers share their work and its connection to the Stanley Museum of Art’s permanent collection. We invite the audience to take a break from your day and spend 15–20 minutes participating in the discussion and sharing your experiences.

smART talks are for anyone who enjoys engaging with the community and discovering new connections between the museum’s collection and events beyond its walls. We invite the campus community—including courses and student groups—and the surrounding area to join our discussion.

Cost: Free


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