Food for the imagination | The San Juan Islands Journal


Submitted by the San Juan Islands Art Museum.

A doctor described the “beautiful formation” of the human body as a source of inspiration for art. Go figure! celebrating the human form, just opened at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art in Friday Harbor. Visitors and residents are invited to experience human body art that tells stories, expresses emotions, and celebrates what it means to be human.

As part of the expanded exhibition program, SJIMA presents A Brief History of Figurative Art by the very popular Rebecca Albiani. The presentation will take place on Sunday October 3 at the San Juan Grange Hall in Friday Harbor from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Albiani, a frequent professor of art history at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, sums it up: “The human figure has been essential to Western art for millennia. His presentation will follow the development of figurative art from ancient Egypt to classical Greece and Rome. It will examine the importance of the figure in the Renaissance, the rebirth of classical antiquity.

She will take visitors through the representations of the human figure and how it remained at the heart of Western art until the end of the 19th century and how figuration became an avant-garde choice in the context of the 20th century abstraction. She will explain how contemporary artists like those featured in “Go Figure” respect and extend centuries of tradition by positioning the human body in their artistic practices today.

Ms Albiani studied Italian and Art History at UC Berkeley, where she graduated with highest honors, and obtained an MA in Art History at Stanford where she studied. is focused on 16th century Venetian painting. During her graduate studies, she received a Graduate Fellowship at the National Gallery in Washington DC and a Fulbright Fellowship. For over 20 years she has taught art history with subjects ranging from ancient Egypt to contemporary art.

Admission is on a pay-per-view basis. Wearing a mask will be compulsory and participants must present proof of vaccination upon entry.

Go figure it out, about being alive! by Francie Allen and Going the Distance by Nola Ahola are on display at SJIMA every week from September 24 to December 6. Hours are Friday to Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $ 10, with SJIMA members and those 18 and under admitted free. Mondays are Pay As You Can days. See for more details.


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