Postmodernism is Topic of RWC’s Second Viewpoints Talk

VMFA Media Programs Coordinator to Share Photos, Examples in April 3 Lecture

Picnic Basket Bldg OH 1997The Picnic Basket Building in Ohio and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., are just two examples that Trent Nicholas, media programs coordinator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will discuss in his talk, “What You Always Wanted to Know about Postmodernism” at RWC’s second Viewpoints talk on April 3.

But first a definition: According to Wikipedia, “Postmodernism describes a broad movement that developed in the mid to late 20th century across philosophy, the arts, architecture and criticism which marked a departure from modernism.”

Nicholas holds an master of arts degree in cinema studies from New York University and teaches film history for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Art History Department.

“My interest in modernism and postmodernism began along with my interest in film when I started my master’s program,” he said. “Many people tend to think of postmodernism as weird or avant-garde, but it’s really a recovery from things in the past. It can be user friendly.”

American Indian Museum DC 2004Nicholas will cover a lot of ground in an extensive presentation showcasing architecture, art and sculpture, and featuring many famous buildings around the world including a couple of examples in Virginia.

“Simply put, a lot of people got tired of modernism,” Nicholas said. “The architecture was redundant and repetitive. There was no decoration. Often people viewed modern skyscrapers as nothing more than glass boxes. Postmodernism put the human touch back into buildings and made them into recognizable objects for people and often with a sense of humor.”

The Viewpoints series features experts on a wide range of topics of current interest. These free presentations begin at 11 a.m. and are held on the first Monday of the month through June 5 in the Chesapeake Center Auditorium on RWC’s campus, 132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington.

The remainder of the 2017 Viewpoints schedule includes:
· May 1 – Laurie McCord, former Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady (Laura Bush)

· June 5 – Selden Richardson, Author, “Tri-State Gang in Richmond”

Reservations for the April 3 event will begin on March 20 by calling RWC at 438-4000. Attendees are invited to remain after the presentations for a complimentary luncheon. Reservations open for each speaker two weeks prior to the event. RWC maintains a waiting list and will honor reservations in the order received. Separate reservations must be made for each speaking event in the Viewpoints series.

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