Lecture  “On Using History” with David Ligare 4/20 at the MOR

On April 20th, 2017 from 6:00 -7:00 pm, David Lager will be speaking in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies.  His lecture,  “On Using History,” will be free and open to the public. 

Unknown-1TEMPO, 2001, o/c, 13 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.

 In 1978 David Ligare decided that there were so many artists making pointedly contemporary works that, with full appreciation of the discoveries of modern art,  he would do something else entirely. That “something else” turned out to be his embrace of Greco-Roman Classicism. His use of narrative painting and what he calls the “literate picture” connects him to the origins of western art – an alternate form of originality. The themes that he has utilized underscore his interest in rational visual analysis, compositional geometry and humanistic philosophy. He believes in Emmanuel Kant’s prescription “Sapere Aude,” “dare to be wise.” His lecture will be about his journey. 

For more information about the Museum of the Rockies and the lecture, visitDavid Ligare at MOR

 UnknownPenelope, 1980, o/c, 40 x 48 in

David Ligare attended Art Center College of Design. Since 1969 he has had over forty solo exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Rome, San Francisco, and elsewhere. His work has been included in hundreds of group exhibitions around the world and his images have been used in textbooks and as book covers by Oxford University Press, Penguin, Phaidon and others.

His paintings and drawings are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Gabinetto de Disegno e Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence, and many other institutions. In 2012 David Ligare was elected to the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, in Florence, an organization founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1563.

David Ligare at Selinunte, Sicily, 2009