February 10 CU at Joslyn
with Cameron Dodworth, Department of English
2 - 3 pm

Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Creighton University presents stimulating lectures by Creighton faculty in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall on select Sundays at 2:00 pm. CU at Joslyn, offered in collaboration with Creighton’s University College, presents a variety of topics and interdisciplinary perspectives on Joslyn’s collections or exhibitions. CU at Joslyn is free with regular museum admission for general public, and always free for Museum members and Creighton students and faculty with ID.

"Is There Beauty in Ugliness?: The Ethical and Aesthetic Agenda of Nineteenth-Century Realism" presented by Cameron Dodworth, Department of English, Creighton University

This discussion will explore representations of the working class in nineteenth-century texts and paintings—mostly based in France and Great Britain—in terms of the role of an ethical agenda in these works. Do these specific texts and paintings actively pursue an ethical agenda, appear to avoid an ethical agenda, or attempt to avoid an ethical agenda but still inevitably get caught up in that agenda? As many of these texts and paintings often focus on the darker and uglier side of aesthetics in order to establish this sense of an ethical agenda, the question as to whether there is any aesthetic value to ugliness will also be explored.

Image: Breton, Jules (1827-1906), The Weeders (Les Sarcleuses), 1860; canvas; oil Museum Purchase (1984.47)


Coming up at CU at Joslyn...
March 3 – "Jewish Art and Ritual Objects" presented by Leonard Greenspoon, Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CANES), Creighton University 
April 21 - "An American in Paris: Mary Cassatt and the French Impressionists" presented by Jan Lund, Modern Languages and Literatures, Creighton University