Art History Lecture Series with Rebecca Albiani

The Frye Art Museum presents a new season of lectures by art historian Rebecca Albiani exploring masterpieces of world art.

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About the Instructor

Rebecca Albiani has been an arts lecturer at the Frye Art Museum since 1997. She was a Graduate Lecturing Fellow at Washington’s National Gallery and a Fulbright Scholar in Venice. She received an MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

2019–20 Art History Lecture Series

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, September 12 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 13 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Robert Henri vs. William Merritt Chase
Chase and Henri, colleagues at the Chase School, were the preeminent painting teachers in New York at the start of the 20th century. But pedagogical differences would lead to an acrimonious split between them. This talk complements End of Day: American Oil Painting Around 1900, an exhibition drawn from the Frye’s permanent collection.

Thursday, October 10 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, October 10 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, October 11 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Extremely powerful and very strange”: The Photography of Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and her best work combines psychological intensity with radical compassion. Pierre Leguillon’s artwork-as-exhibition Arbus Bonus, on view at the Frye September 21, 2019–January 5, 2020, is an archive that includes all of Arbus’ magazine spreads.

Thursday, November 14 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, November 14 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, November 15 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Notre-Dame de Paris

One of the best-known gothic structures in the world, Notre-Dame soars above Paris with the help of innovative flying buttresses. Begun in 1163 and largely completed within a century, Notre-Dame has undergone numerous modifications since, and the devastating fire of spring 2019 will lead to new restoration and, undoubtedly, new knowledge.

Thursday, December 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, December 13 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Impressionists in the Snow
We usually associate the Impressionists with picnics, boating, and other warm weather activities. But Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and their fellows were just as likely to take their easels out in winter and study the effects of light on snow, with brilliant results.

Thursday, January 9 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, January 9 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, January 10 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Enigma of Giorgione
The Venetian Renaissance painter Giorgione is both one of the most mysterious figures in art history and one of the most influential. A student of Bellini, Giorgione created a softer, more poetic style and pioneered the genre of the reclining nude.

Thursday, February 13 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, February 13 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 14 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hiroshige: 53 Stations of the Tokkaido
Hiroshige is best known for 100 Famous Views of Edo, but the woodblock prints dated 1833–34 that established his reputation depicted the Tokkaido road between Edo (modern Tokyo) and the imperial capital, Kyoto. Their humor and humanity made Hiroshige’s views of the 53 waystations immensely popular.

Thursday, March 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, March 12 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 13 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom
The Middle Kingdom (c. 2030-–1650 BCE), which arose out of political and economic collapse, combines the continuity of ancient Egyptian artistic style with striking originality. A new psychological interest evident in Middle Kingdom art led to surprisingly human portraits of pharaohs.

Thursday, April 9 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, April 9 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, April 10 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Picasso’s Guernica

Composed in two months in response to the bombing of Guernica in northern Spain, Picasso’s monumental Guernica has become a potent symbol of the anti-war movement. Picasso’s studies and Dora Maar’s photographs of the work in progress allow us to follow his creative process.

Thursday, May 14 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, May 14 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 15 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Making of Fenway Court
Rebecca will impersonate eccentric heiress “Mrs. Jack” Gardner, who amassed an extraordinary collection of art objects and helped design a Venetian-style Boston palace to house them. She will welcome us to her unique and personal museum with its stunning garden setting.

Thursday, June 11 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, June 11 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, June 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley
Thomas and Wiley—both featured in Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, on view at the Frye May 9–August 2, 2020—paint big, bold figurative paintings of African-American subjects that reclaim and reinterpret canonized images of beauty and power.


$110 ($140 evening)

$170 ($200 evening)


Space is limited. Passes are sold for the ten-lecture series and are nonrefundable and not interchangeable with other series. Advance registration required. Registrations are processed in the order they are received.


Registration is confirmed by email or mailed receipt. Series passes will be held at Will Call and may be picked up the day of each lecture.


Tickets to individual lectures may be available the day of the lecture on a space-available basis. Thursday pm $16 for members/$21 for non-members. Thurs and Fri am $13/$18. Standby is first-come, first-served, one hour prior to the lecture.


Continuing-education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU on the first day of series. Do not include payment for fees with your registration. Lecture Series: $50 for one SPU credit; $20 for ten clock hours.


The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any lecture series. If the Museum cancels a course or class, a full refund will be issued. If participant cancels enrollment more than two weeks prior to start date, a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds issued with less than two weeks’ notice. To cancel registration, call 206 432 8200 between 9 am–5 pm Monday–Friday.


Members receive a discount on this and all lecture series, studio art classes, and at the Store and Café. Join today to take advantage of member discounts.

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