The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will present a series of Sunday afternoon lectures in conjunction with its exhibition, The Picturesque and War: Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Tourism. These free, public programs will be held in the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University from 2 – 4 p.m.
Sept. 23, 2012: The History of Tourism in the Niagara Region, with Dr. Thomas Chambers, associate professor of history at Niagara University, and John Percy, president and C.E.O. of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation.
Oct. 21, 2012: Reading and Interpretation of the poem, The Foresters by Alexander Wilson, which describes a journey by foot from the lower Niagara River to the Falls in the autumn of 1804. The guest speaker is Dr. Robert Giannetti, author and antiquarian bookseller, Niagara University adjunct professor and guest curator of The Picturesque and War: Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Tourism.
Nov. 4, 2012: Memories of War: Visiting Battle Grounds in the Early American Republic, a lecture and book signing with Dr. Chambers.
Nov. 18, 2012: Reading and interpretation of the 19th century comic masterpiece: The Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque by Dr. Giannetti.
The Picturesque and War: Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Niagara Tourism and related programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is sponsored in part by the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council, the Canadian Consulate General and Old Glory Flag & Banner, a division of Cooper Sign Company, Niagara Falls, N.Y. The exhibition runs through Feb. 24, 2013.
For more information, please visit our website or call Michael Beam, curator of collections and exhibitions, at 716.286.8286.