David C. Hart, PhD
Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30–minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries.
Understandings of visual art in the 20th century have often positioned the meanings of artworks that evoke associations with contemplation and interiority as separate from, and even at odds with, politics, identity, and oppression. Dr. Hart discusses how Hughie Lee-Smith’s works, such as the CMA’s Rooftop (1957), deal with all those topics in complex, nuanced ways and how Lee-Smith advanced a long history of linking the interior and social lives of artists’ subjects.