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Artist talk with Christopher Volpe - Loomings: Melville, Art, and the Climate Crisis

Westward #13 (Westward the Star of Empire Takes its Way), tar, oil, gold leaf on wood, antique frame, 15 x 30.jpeg

Artist talk with Christopher Volpe - Loomings: Melville, Art, and the Climate Crisis

Moving quickly past general background, process, and materials, this illustrated art talk highlights how Loomings addresses our world’s instability through the metaphors at work in Moby-Dick, Herman Melville’s apocalyptic vision of the American quest. Volpe finds in Melville’s account of the doomed commercial whaling voyage of the Pequod a dark, foundational myth of American materialism (and an even darker apocalyptic prophecy of what's to come). He also finds a “terrible beauty” - and the hope that pairing tragedy and human shortcoming with beauty can redeem our faith in the whole.
This event is sponsored by Berkshire Bank.

Berkshire County Historical Society at the Lichtenstein Center
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM on Wed, 24 Aug 2022

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Berkshire County Historical Society
413 442 1793
melville@berkshirehistory.org

Berkshire County Historical Society at the Lichtenstein Center

28 Renne Avenue
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
4134999348
cultural@pittsfieldch.com