As part of the Museum’s Art Wise Distinguished Speakers Series, University of Arkansas Associate Professor of Art History, Leo Mazow, will speak at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Dr. Mazow, who specializes in art and cultural history, will discuss refrains of popular culture as seen in works from the Hunter’s collection.
He will focus prominently on a Chattanooga favorite, “Wreck of the Ole ’97” by Thomas Hart Benton. Dr. Mazow has received the prestigious Eldredge Award for his book, “Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound,” and will share the way music can be heard throughout Benton’s painting.
Following this idea, he will spotlight other popular Hunter works including the whimsical Lilly Martin Spencer’s “The Young Husband: First Marketing” and the moody George Inness’ “Rosy Morning.”
Dr. Mazow’s talk will present these works and others in the context of popular culture, music, costume and daily life - weaving relatable stories about art in the context of the era during which it was made. The audience will be treated to a pop culture infused talk and is in for a compelling and engaging experience, officials said.
An established curator and author, Dr. Mazow has written publications such as “Picturing the Banjo,” “Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late 19th-Century American Art,” “Arneson and the Object” and “Shallow Creek: Thomas Hart Benton and American Waterways.”
The Art Wise Distinguished Speakers Series brings world-renowned art world figures to the Hunter Museum. The public is invited to visit and meet arts leaders of today and tomorrow. Standard museum admission applies.