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November 14th, 2007
The Fleisher Art Memorial Hosts Art History Lectures on Modern Art and Art Censorship

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial has received a Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant to host a series of special lectures on art history presented by Dr. Nancy G. Heller.

Why a Painting Is Like A Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art, scheduled for Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m., will examine the roots of radical modern and contemporary art, demonstrating how easily even the most outrageous-seeming objects can be analyzed.

On Thursday, December 6, also at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Heller will speak about Dirty Pictures: A Survey of Art Censorship. Through examination of censored paintings, sculptures, photographs and buildings Dr. Heller will show that art censorship has existed in every part of the world, as long as there has been art.

Dr. Heller is Professor of Art History at the University of the Arts, and has taught at several other colleges, including the University of Maryland (College Park) and Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). She has published articles on the visual and performing arts in many periodicals, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Mexico City News, ARTnews, ARTS magazine, American Ceramics, Sculpture magazine, and American Artist. Her most recent books are Women Artists: An Illustrated History (Abbeville Press, 2004, 4th edition) and Why a Painting is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art (Princeton University Press, 2002).

These lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in the Fleisher Art Memorial’s Romanesque revival Sanctuary at 719 Catharine Street in South Philadelphia. Register online at or in person on the evening of the lecture.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning enriched by human experience across time and around the world. Since 1973, the PHC has empowered local groups to offer high-quality public programs that have a positive impact on the everyday life of their communities.

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is widely known as the country’s oldest and largest free and low-tuition visual arts program for adults and children. Founded as the Graphic Sketch Club in 1898, Fleisher has been a vital educational resource that includes instruction in the visual arts, a vibrant exhibitions program, and youth outreach programming at public schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia.

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