Close Looking at a Distance

Close Looking at a Distance (CLAD) is a program that, through the practice of tracing one’s perceptions in minute detail and asking probing questions along the way, demonstrates how art can illuminate not only the societal norms and perceptions at their moment of creation but also how they continue to frame the way we understand our contemporary world. Join us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.!

Program host Key Jo Lee brings a multifaceted expertise to her role as assistant director of academic affairs, including curriculum design and administration, gallery teaching, and curation, as well as scholarly expertise in American art history and African American studies. She is committed to deepening engagements and fostering ethical practices among local, regional, and national students and faculty.


Upcoming Events

The Inquisitive Eye

Wednesday, August 12, 12:00 p.m.

Art is both a window to and a mirror of the world. It can hide as much as it reveals, often disguising or erasing inconvenient truths. Museums work to divulge art’s secrets, but every story told conceals others. So how might we better sense the other stories waiting to be witnessed?  

This week, Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee lead the audience in viewing two unique portrait miniatures to show how active noticing can lead to discovering or recovering ideas, histories, and people who might have otherwise remained obscure.  

To Join: At 12:00 p.m., click the virtual event link, “Join the Conversation.” This will send you to your web browser. 

If you do not have Microsoft Teams, click “Cancel” if you receive a pop-up, and then click “Watch on the web instead.” You will have the option to sign in, if you have a Microsoft Outlook account (not required), or choose “Join anonymously” and the event will open. If you have Microsoft Teams, click “Open Microsoft Teams” on the pop-up and the event will open.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., all participants are welcome to continue the conversation and interact in an informal, live Zoom video conference meeting. A link to join this additional discussion will be provided during the program. 

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.