First Thursdays: “Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t”:


Thursday,October 1, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Canmore Civic Centre, Council Chambers

For more info, contact Helen Cretu

Arts and Events is pleased to have Rob Surdu Ph.D present “Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t”: A fleeting glimpse at the art we love and love to hate.

Abstract: Stroll through any major art museum and one is certain to find paintings that, while hanging restfully on the walls today, may at one time have been viewed with shock, revulsion and disgust.

Against a backdrop of political, demographic and social upheaval, a largely young group of artists in the middle decades of the 19th century were galvanizing their identity around the deceptively simple idea of being Modern.

This lecture points to a few of the defining characteristics associated with the development of modern art. From the 19th – century Bohemian artists’ reckless transgression of social norms to the theoretical musings of 20th – century abstractionists, these artists were unified in their questioning of the nature of art, questions that are still with us today.

Dr. Surdu is an Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University fo over 10 years. He recieved his Ph. D in Art History from Queen’s University and has worked at the National Gallery of Canada as a graduate student with curator Charles Hill on a number of now-forgotten exhibitions.

Dr. Surdu’s research has focused on architectural theory from the 18th century to the present with a focus on practices of tectonics and materiality in the built environment. He also enjoys studying and lecturing on the theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the discipline of art history.

Plein Air Painters Needed

Are you a painter who loves the outdoors? Are you inspired by our beautiful, natural surroundings?

Join us for a weekend of Plein Air painting during Wild, our newest event in October. Stayed tuned for more details but in the meantime, contact Helen Cretu at for more Plein Air painting info.

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