Picasso, Futurism Art Focus of Crisp Museum’s ‘Historic Tuesday Talk’ Oct. 23


Dr. Joni Hand

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host Dr. Joni Hand, associate professor of art history at Southeast, as part of its “Historic Tuesday Talk” series at 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

Hand will present “Time, Speed, and Motion: Picasso and Futurism.” This presentation is free and open to the public.

The first two decades of the 20th century saw the avant-garde propelling forward, raging as it went in response to the horrors of war. The Italian Futurists saw war as a cleansing agent, ridding the world of the past. Their art focused on speed, metal and the machine. At the same time, Picasso was experimenting with the element of time, thinking about how the eye of the viewer truly sees an image. His experiments with the deconstruction of forms led to Cubism, which caused him to declare that, “Art is the lie that enables us to see the truth.” This presentation will delve into the mind of Picasso and the mania of the Futurists.

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 on select Tuesdays at the Crisp Museum through 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, semo.edu/museum/education.html.

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