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Visiting German scholar to speak on 'ideal' art models

Sept. 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO--An international scholar is coming to the campus of Western Michigan University to discuss the selection of art models during the last century and the characteristics that were considered "ideal" for the times.

Dr. Eckhard Leuschner, from University of Passau, Germany, will speak on "Rules and Rulers: Measuring the Body in 20th Century Art and Art Education," from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 24, in room 2008 of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The discussion will include a selection of case studies of proportional models and normative standards during three different periods--the early 1920s, the 1950s and 1960s, and contemporary art. Leuschner, the recipient of several international awards and the J. Clawson Mills Fellowship of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, will also analyze examples of the construction of "ideal bodies" in art during these times.

For more information, contact Margaret von Steinen, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, at margaret.vonsteinen@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3993.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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