An afternoon of performance and exploration of the theatrical impulse in Classical art, juxtaposing ancient Greek theater and the visual arts.
Imagery depicted and created by ancient Greek artists fills the gap in our knowledge and understanding of performing arts and the visualization of drama on stage in antiquity. Ancient tragic and comic poets presented their plays to compete in an annual celebration of the cult of the god Dionysos in Athens. Since the mid-6th century BC, these plays continued to be staged from mainland Greece and to the Greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. As living representations, modern performance and reading of Greek tragedy, comedy, and epic bring to life the iconography of dramatic and theatrical scenes in classical Greek art.
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
The Dramatic Expression in Ancient Greek Art
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor
Directed by Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita of the American Conservatory Theater
This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations at the door of the Gunn Theater are always greatly appreciated.