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Tea with Turner: Why Turner?

January 28, 2020

Lecture Series in conjunction with J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate

Warm up with afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches and scones, and then enjoy an engaging lecture on one of many subjects relating to J.M.W. Turner and his work. A magnificent lineup of speakers will explore Turner’s world from several different angles, including his travels, techniques, and the time in which the artist lived. Tea and lectures will take place in the dining room at Latitude 41° Restaurant. We encourage participants to stop by the Collins Gallery in the Thompson Exhibition Building to visit (or re-visit!) the show beforehand.

Artist Ellen Harvey, who contributed to the Mystic Seaport Museum’s recently published book Conversations with Turner, in connection with the current exhibition, will be discussing her own work, its relationship to J.M.W. Turner, and why she considers Turner’s work to be relevant to many issues that we face today. In addition to talking about ARCADE/ARCADIA, a mirrored reproduction of Turner’s Gallery that she produced for the opening of Turner Contemporary in Margate, U.K., she will discuss other themes that preoccupied Turner, such as the relationship between the picturesque and the sublime, the impact of technological innovation, our place in the landscape, and the role of the artist.

Ellen Harvey is a British-born artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is a 2016 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally and was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her new project, Ellen Harvey and J.M.W. Turner: The Disappointed Tourist, will be opening at Turner Contemporary in the UK in the summer of 2020. www.ellenharvey.info