Food For Imagination

Posted September 24, 2021 at 5:50 am by

One physi­cian described the “beau­ti­ful for­ma­tion” of the human body as inspi­ra­tion for art.  Go Fig­ure!  cel­e­brat­ing the human form, has just opened at the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA) in Fri­day Har­bor. Vis­i­tors and res­i­dents are invit­ed to expe­ri­ence art of the human body as it tells sto­ries, express­es emo­tion and cel­e­brates what it means to be human.

Rebecca Albiani, art history expert - Contributed photo

As part of the expand­ed exhi­bi­tion pro­gram, SJIMA presents A Brief His­to­ry of Fig­u­ra­tive Art by the exceed­ing­ly pop­u­lar Rebec­ca Albiani. The pre­sen­ta­tion takes place on Sun­day, Octo­ber 3, at the San Juan Grange Hall in Fri­day Har­bor at 4–5:30 pm.

Albiani, a fre­quent art his­to­ry lec­tur­er at the Frye Art Muse­um in Seat­tle sum­ma­rizes, “The Human fig­ure has been essen­tial to West­ern art for mil­len­nia.”  Her talk will fol­low the devel­op­ment of fig­u­ra­tive art from ancient Egypt to clas­si­cal Greece and Rome.  She will exam­ine the impor­tance of the fig­ure to the Renais­sance, a rebirth of clas­si­cal antiquity. 

She will take the vis­i­tors through depic­tions of the human fig­ure and how it remained cen­tral to west­ern art through the late 19th cen­tu­ry and how fig­u­ra­tion became an avant-garde choice against the back­drop of 20th-cen­tu­ry abstrac­tion.  She will dis­cuss how con­tem­po­rary artists like those fea­tured in “Go Fig­ure” both respect and expand cen­turies of tra­di­tion as they posi­tion the human body in their artis­tic prac­tices today. 

Ms. Albiani stud­ied Ital­ian and Art His­to­ry at UC Berke­ley, grad­u­at­ing with high­est hon­ors, and earned an MFA in art his­to­ry at Stan­ford where she focused on 16th Cen­tu­ry Venet­ian paint­ing.  While a grad­u­ate stu­dent she received a Grad­u­ate Lec­tur­ing Fel­low­ship at the Nation­al Gallery in Wash­ing­ton D.C. and a Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship.  For over 20 years she has been a pop­u­lar art his­to­ry lec­tur­er with her top­ics rang­ing from ancient Egypt to con­tem­po­rary art. 

Admis­sion is on a Pay As You Can basis. Mask­ing will be required and atten­dees will be asked to show proof of vac­ci­na­tion upon entry.

Go Fig­ure, On Being Alive!  by Fran­cie Allen and Going the Dis­tance by Nola Aho­la are on dis­play at SJIMA week­ly from Sep­tem­ber 24 to Decem­ber 6. Hours are Fri­day through Mon­day from 11–5. Admis­sion is $10, with SJIMA mem­bers and those 18 and under admit­ted free of charge. Mon­days are Pay As You Can Days.  See for details.

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