WVU Professor of Art History Bernie Schultz, former dean of the College of Creative Arts, will discuss a painting by French artist Jean Metzinger during the Art Museum of WVU’s next “Lunchtime Looks” program on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

WVU students, faculty and staff, and the general public are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to the Museum Education Center Grand Hall at noon and meet with other art enthusiasts to enjoy their midday meal. At 12:30 p.m., the group will move to one of the museum’s galleries for the 20-minute, in-depth look at Metzinger’s painting, “Maison dans la Foret” (House in the Forest), 1921, which is currently on view in the museum’s upper gallery. The painting was a gift to the WVU Art Collection from Drs. Paul and Laura Mesaros.

Metzinger was a major 20th-century French painter, theorist, writer, critic and poet, who along with Albert Gleizes, developed the theoretical foundations of Cubism.

“The discussion will focus on one of the major issues of early modern art—the question of reality,” Dr. Schultz said. “Is it what we see, or is there an essence behind the appearance?”

Audience members will have a chance to share their own reactions and questions about Metzinger’s artwork.

The session will end by 12:50 p.m., so that those who need to get back to their offices will have plenty of time. Anyone who can’t get away for the entire hour is welcome to meet the group in the museum at 12:30 p.m. for just the art presentation.

Bernie Schultz has been recognized by WVU as a distinguished teacher and was honored with the Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts for the State of West Virginia in 2006. He was named to the Commission on the Arts in West Virginia in 2009. In addition to serving as dean of the College of Creative Arts from 2000 to 2011, he has served as chair of the Division of Art (now the School of Art and Design), associate dean of the College of Creative Arts, and director of Education and External Affairs for the Art Museum of WVU (2011-2014). Schultz is the author of the book “Art and Anatomy in Renaissance Italy” and co-author of “Art Past/Art Present,” an acclaimed introductory Art History textbook, recently published in its 6th revised edition. His publications also include pedagogical Study Guides for Art History, and numerous articles and book reviews. In 2014, Bernie co-authored, with his wife, Mary Louise Soldo Schultz, the Prologue, “Cass Gilbert and the Classical Tradition of Architecture,” in the book “Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capitol.” In 1997, he received the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice at WVU.

The Art Museum and Museum Education Center are located near the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus North Entrance.

Parking is available in short-term lots ST-1 and ST-9, with pay stations, one located near Patteson Drive and the other near the new Evansdale Crossing building.

For more information about the Lunchtime Looks program, contact the Art Museum of WVU at 304.292.4359.


“Maison dans la Foret”
Jean Metzinger (French, 1883-1956)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Drs. Paul and Laura Mesaros


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, Art Museum of WVU
304.293.4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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