Foosaner Art Museum Offers Visions of Modernism in Nov. 18 Lecture

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum will host a visual lecture by Marion Deshmukh, Ph.D., and Robert T. Hawkes, professor of history at George Mason University, Virginia. The lecture, “German Impressionism: Visions of Modernism,” will take place Nov. 18 at noon in the Harris Community Auditorium. In conjunction with the Eau Gallie Arts District’s ArtWorks Festival, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Berlin emerged as a vibrant cultural center in the late 19th Century. Three artists, dubbed the “Triumvirate of Impressionism,” emerged from this environment: Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt. They will be the focus of this illustrated lecture, which will contextualize the artists within the history of Imperial Germany. Their loose, energetic brushwork, palette of bright colors and subjects of modern life, catapulted the painters into the forefront of the German avant-garde by the turn of the century. Liebermann led the premier alternative artists’ association, the Berlin Secession, to fame during the first decade of the 20th century. Ernst Oppler, currently on exhibit at the Foosaner Art Museum, exhibited within the Berlin Secession.

Deshmukh, who teaches German and European history and German and Austrian art history, received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research and publications include works and exhibition catalogues on German art and politics. Her most recent publication is the exhibition catalogue of a 2009 curated show, “Iconoclash! Political Imagery from the Berlin Wall to German Unification.” Deshmukh also serves on the board of editors of the German Studies Review and is on the academic advisory committee of the Max Liebermann Gesellschaft (Society), Berlin. She chairs the board at Friends of the Goethe-Institute and serves as vice president at Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.

The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. General admission is $5; $2, seniors, children and students with I.D.; free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with I.D. Thursdays are free for everyone.

Special rates and tours are available for groups of eight or more. For more information, call (321) 674-8916 or visit

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