Shakespeare and Art
Thursday, April 27
University of California, Irvine professor Julia Lupton joins Laguna Art Museum director Malcolm Warner for a public discussion with illustrations and dramatic readings by Bri McWhorter.
What kinds of images inspired Shakespeare? And how have artists responded to the vivid tableaux depicted in Shakespeare’s plays? Wall hangings, wood cuts, paintings, and posters contribute their colors, textures, compositions, and perspectives to the visual world of Shakespearean drama. This illustrated conversation will include dramatic readings from King Lear, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night by Bri McWhorter, who has performed with UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival. Among the artists whose work will be featured are John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, J.M.W. Turner, Daniel Maclise, William Hogarth, Thomas Lawrence, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West.
Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and co-director of the UC Irvine Shakespeare Center. She is the author or co-author of four books on Shakespeare and many articles. Her books include Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life and Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology. Her latest book, Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life, is forthcoming in 2017. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she is a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.
Malcolm Warner is a British art historian and executive director of Laguna Art Museum. He received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and is recognized as a leading authority on the Pre-Raphaelite painters of Victorian Britain. The many exhibitions that he has curated include The Victorians: British Painting in the Reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and Millais: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Bri McWhorter has an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theater from UC Berkeley. Previous roles include: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at The New Swan Shakespeare Festival; and Miranda in The Tempest in Windsor’s Shakespeare on the Green. She is also the Founder and CEO of Activate to Captivate, where she teaches communication techniques from an actor’s point of view to universities, nonprofits and corporations.
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