Crisp Museum’s ‘Historic Tuesday Talk’ Series Begins Aug. 21


The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host the first weekly “Historic Tuesday Talk” at 7 p.m. Aug. 21, when Dr. Joni Hand, associate professor of art history at Southeast, will present “The Birth of the Modern: Realism and Impressionism.”

This presentation is free and open to the public.

The art world took a drastic change of direction in the middle of the 19th century. Artists began to question the rules of art making, most of which had been established during the Renaissance. This time of self-reflection caused artists to experiment, seeking new ways to create. Technologies, such as photography aided in this quest. Outside influences from other cultures also inspired artists to rethink ideas about space, form, and surface. This presentation will offer a brief glimpse into this exciting time in the history of art.

Hand earned a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Kent State University, a Master of Arts in painting from Bradley University, a Master of Arts in art history from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and a doctorate in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research concerns late medieval manuscripts in northern Europe and female patronage. She has several publications, including “Women, Manuscripts, and Identity in Northern Europe, 1350-1550” (Ashgate, 2013) and “Bound for the Midwest: Medieval and Early Modern Religious Manuscripts in the Charles Luce Harrison Collection,” Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2017).

Hand is also a practicing artist, working in mixed media, oils and graphite. Her current work explores physical and metaphysical journeys. She leads the viewer on these pilgrimages through the objects, images or drawings she incorporates into each piece. The destination of each trip is different for each viewer and for each time the work is viewed. She lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with her husband Kevin.

The “Historic Tuesday Talk” series will take place every Tuesday at the Crisp Museum Aug. 21-Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The talks will consist of short, informational presentations and discussion sessions, and topics can include movements, Civil War, World War I, riverboats, railroads, socio-cultural issues, space exploration, regional history, natural resources, fossils, geology and more. For more information,

Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, email or call (573) 651-2260.