Gallery Talks

Welcome to the Gallery Talks page of our Copley’s World seminar!


One of the assignments we, the students, worked on over the course of the semester was short gallery talks, which we presented in class. Our first step in completing this task was to do a close looking exercise. We spent an hour with a work of art by John Singleton Copley at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Depending on one’s perspective it is very possible that an hour is too much or too little time to spend with a work of art. In our case it was just enough to reach a point of “I must have seen everything” and then to try to go beyond. Even in the 50th minute of looking, there was still a great deal of things jumping out and most of us ended up being terribly surprised that a whole hour had passed. Letting ourselves experience an artwork visually and emotionally before beginning to make associations was an incredibly rewarding process.

On this page you will find some of our talks in video form. We hope that you will join us in our journey of close looking and later exploration of thoughts and connections that arose in our minds. We also hope that you’ll enjoy it and get inspired to visit a nearby museum to do some similarly spirited art exploration on your own.




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