PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University has scheduled a number of noontime lectures on a variety of subjects for this fall’s Art Ã la Carte lineup.
The lively brown bag lunch discussions will be on the WSU campus in the Compton Union Building, Cascade Room 123, and will continue each Thursday through Nov. 20.
The lineup begins Thursday (Oct. 23) with a presentation by Richard Weisman, art collector and author of the book “Picasso to Pop.” He will share his experiences as a member of Andy Warhol’s circle of friends and talk about life as an art collector in an informal discussion. A book signing will follow. A special 5-day exhibit of Andy Warhol’s “Athletes Series, 1979,” commissioned by Mr. Weisman that same year, will be on display at the WSU Museum of Art from Oct. 22-26.
On Oct. 30, Horace Axtell, a Nez Perce elder and author, will present “First Book: Translating the Oldest Book in the Pacific Northwest.” He will talk about translating the children’s primer written in an early form of Nez Perce language – a project he has undertaken with author and producer Margo Aragon. Written and printed by Presbyterian missionaries, the primer had never been translated into English until Axtell and Aragon decided to find out what it really says.
David Wang, a faculty member at WSU’s Interdisciplinary Design Institute, will present “Travel Sketches from China” on Nov. 6. Wang, a frequent traveler to China, will present his pencil sketches of sights from Beijing, XiÂ¢an, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong and more. He will also read some on-site jottings about his thoughts on Chinese culture.
WSU Museum of Art Director Chris Bruce will discuss recent influences on how he thinks about art and architecture Nov. 13 in “Spectacle and Plain Good: Some Thoughts on Art, Architecture and Audience.”
The fall schedule will wrap up Nov. 20 with Dan Maher, host of Northwest Public Radio’s “Inland Folk,” when he invites the public to sing along with him at “’Hard Times’ For All Times.” Maher will talk about the universality of the folk song and why some songs of yesteryear still resonate with contemporary artists and audiences.
Art Ã la Carte is presented by the Office of Campus Involvement and the Museum of Art at WSU. For more information, call (509) 335-2313. Programs are free and open to the public.