Tuesday, September 17th at 12:00 pm - Literary Luncheon! Mary Beard discusses and signs "How Do We Look"
Our DIESEL Author Literary Luncheon Series continues with Professor Mary Beard for her latest book How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization on Tuesday, September 17th at 12:00 pm.
The luncheon will be held at the wonderful Amici Brentwood, conveniently located a half a block from the bookstore at 2538 San Vicente Blvd. There is ticketed parking available at the restaurant or unlimited free parking along most of San Vicente Blvd. past 26th St. The cost for the luncheon with Professor Beard is $65, which includes one copy of the book. Please contact the store at 310-576-9960 to purchase tickets.
“The history of art is about how we look." So begins Beard’s How Do We Look, in which she breaks down the multitudinous ways in which we gaze.
Though concise in length, How Do We Look spans the globe and across many millennia to make sense of how culture has grappled with both the human body and the divine through art.
Part I (“The Body in Question”) explores the body in its myriad depictions from ancient times to today: the 3,000-year-old Olmec civilization and their mysterious stone heads; the terracotta, seemingly individualized, warriors of the Qin dynasty in China; the propagandistic imagery bolstering pharaoh Ramses II’s reign in Egypt (to Ramses as much as his subjects); and the evolving eroticism of the female -- and male -- body in Greek sculpture.
Part II (“The Eye of Faith”) is similarly wide ranging, exploring the embrace of religion through a multiplicity of venues, and the highly inventive manners in which God, or gods, have been portrayed. She describes a sunrise in Cambodia at Angkor Wat, whose fabled temples are celebrations of divine power, travels from Thailand to India, and introduces us to the Buddhist art of the Ajanta Caves.
Whether describing the Church of San Vitale at Ravenna and how early Christian artists depicted Jesus or examining the role of vanity in Renaissance art through Tintoretto’s Crucifixion, Beard gives us a feminist, and populist, art history for our times.
Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling Women and Power and SPQR, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a professor of classics at Cambridge University, a popular blogger, and television personality. Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.