The mission of the La Salle University Art museum is to further the University’s Lasallian educational objectives by helping students, other members of the University community and the general public to experience significant, original works of art in an intimate setting and to place them in meaningful contexts. In addition to acquiring, preserving and exhibiting its collections, the Museum offers viewers an opportunity to sharpen their aesthetic perception and to investigate the interrelationships which emerge between art and other disciplines.
|Because I teach Art History, my classes are frequently in the museum, but the most challenging class is often Art 150, a core course in Patterns. One goal for this course is to overcome prejudices about different kinds of art, and Albert Gleize's 1920 Cubist oil painting, The Man in the City, in the Modern and Contemporary Room, is a good place to start. Because this is not a representational painting, I ask the students if they see a man or a city.|
One of my favorite exercises is to bring the students into the Medieval and Renaissance Room and have them examine two scenes from the Stages of the Cross. The earliest picture, the 14th century Siennese crucifixion painting in which Christ is flanked by Mary and Mary Magdalene nicely pairs nicely with a reading from Pope Innocent III in which he excoriates the sins humankind. This Christ is gruesomely pale, with little attempt at realistic depiction, and heavy on the symbolism and iconography of the characters depicted. The extreme emaciation of Christ also anticipates the grim visions of much post-Black Death art.
Curator presented Japanese prints from the collection for Pat Haberstroh’s class on “Art and Literature.” (The novel the students were reading referred to Japanese prints).
Curator presented Indian miniatures for class on Asian Art.
Professors frequently self-tour the collection, which lends itself to instruction in the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present.
Curators regularly take out a selection of drawings from the Museum’s storage to discuss techniques and media of drawing.
David McShane frequently self-tours the collection with his classes.
Curator talked to class about the representation of the human body in art using artworks from the collection.
Recent exhibition (Dec. 2009-Feb. 2010) focused on work by contemporary digital artist.