Barbara Tomlinson, Ph.D.
Cultural History Lectures and Tours
My lectures discuss major works of Western art from a cultural perspective, situating each work or artist in the environment that resulted in its creation. The objective is to explore how and why art is produced and to enhance the experience of observation. Since reproduced images can never replicate the actual work, talks are often designed to focus on works that are reasonably accessible. I would hope by the end of each session everyone would be eager to go see for themselves. To that end trips to major museums and collections are also sometimes organized. A list of upcoming lectures open to the public, and a partial list of available lectures is on the Lectures page.
In conjunction with WABBA Travel in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, I lead tours to visit cities to explore their historic and cultural resources (museums, galleries, architecture, music, theatre, gardens, etc). In the past, for example, we have explored St Petersburg, Russia, Rome, Madrid, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Any group with an interest in such an art focused tour should feel free to contact us.
I have been a history teacher all my life, beginning in sixth grade and retiring from Kean University. Twenty five years ago I was asked to pick up an Advanced Placement Art History class for a retiring high school teacher, and discovered a new passion. At Kean I helped develop a course in Western Cultural History that introduced students to a world most of them had ignored. Taking Kean University freshmen to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their first time and having them come home excited and vowing to “take their mothers there” was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
An additional reward, now that I am retired from Kean, has been sharing my passion for painting with audiences of fellow seniors (and spending time with my grandsons.)
Facilities that the sponsoring organization needs to provide
For all of our presentations we use digital images, and the sponsoring organization is responsible for providing a digital projector in the presentation venue. We will bring our laptop computer, loaded with a PowerPoint file of the images for the presentation.
At least a few days before the presentation, please provide us with a contact phone number that we can use on the day of the event, if we are encountering delays in getting to the venue, and may be arriving after the scheduled start time.
Our web site, www.BarbaraTomlinson.com , includes a listing of upcoming lectures that are open to the general public. Please let us know if you would like us to post the presentation(s) for your organization on the web site, and let us know what contact or reservation information we should include for potential attendees.