Art studios and monster movies on tap for Thursday Forum

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2014-09-18 10:02:46 - General

Coe College's Thursday Forum visits artist studios and monster movies in October. After exploring the impact of place on creative process and practice with Gallery Director Jennifer Rogers, attendees will unmask four classic monster films with English Professor Emeritus Terry Heller.

Jennifer Rogers
Gallery Director
Terry Heller
Howard Hall Professor of English, Emeritus

The single presentation on Oct. 2 looks at the studios of local artists Grant Wood, Marvin Cone and John Beckelman as Rogers examines how different artists utilize, organize and interact with their workspaces and how these workspaces in turn inform their artistic work. This one-day session will also include a look inside the studios of Modern artists such as Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Tom Sachs.

Beginning Oct. 9, a Halloween edition of Thursday Forum focuses James Whale's "Frankenstein" (1931), Don Siegel's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), Tod Browning's "Dracula" (1931), and Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's "King Kong" (1933). Introducing one film each week, Heller will discuss some of the ways in which each of these modern fairy tales speak to cultural problems, such as issues of personal identity and the socio-political anxieties of the period.

The presentations will include viewing and discussing illustrative scenes. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to see the films in their entirety. Free screenings of each film will be offered at 2 p.m. each Sunday in Kesler Lecture Hall according to the following schedule: "Frankenstein," Oct. 5; "King Kong," Oct. 12; "Dracula," Oct. 19; and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Oct. 26.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $30 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. For more information or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Organization May Save Your Life & Other Accounts from the Artist Studio" - Oct. 2.
  • "Monsters and Their Stories: Four Classic Films" - Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30.
  • "Heaven and Hell in the 17th Century: John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" - Nov. 6, 13, 20, and Dec. 4.
  • "Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels: Mark, Matthew and Luke" - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26.
  • "A Brief History of Money: From Athens to Auschwitz" - March 5, 12, 19, 26.
  • "Charles de Gaulle and 20th Century France" - April 2, 9, 16, 23.

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