[NCHS-Announce] 2013 Journal, Membership Renewals, Feburary Meeting

Den Collins, Webmaster webmaster at nassaucountyhistoricalsociety.org
Thu Jan 2 11:44:33 EST 2014

The Nassau County Historical Society Journal, vol. 68, 2013 has been printed and mailed.  It should be arriving in your mailbox today, or early next week.

Annual membership renewals will be going out in the next few weeks.  We look forward to your continued membership and support of the NCHS.

In addition to the annual Journal, your membership supports our program meetings.  The next program meeting will be held:
February 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
"Political Puns and Social Satire in the Genre Paintings of William Sidney Mount"
at the Community Church of East Williston

This lecture by Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan is co-sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Nineteenth century relations between the sexes, Abolitionist preaching, political chicanery, all were grist for visual puns incorporated into seemingly simple scenes of country life on Long Island. Mount's neighbors and upwardly mobile city patrons readily "got" his subtle - and not so subtle - jokes, sometimes with a subtext about the political role of freed slaves. Presidential campaigns in the late 1830s and early 1840s had deteriorated into manipulation of carefully chosen symbols, and Mount exploited these in his art. Mount's "insider" jokes, double entendres, puns, and political humor will motivate discussion about the political and social themes of Mount's day. What is represented by the boy tickling a sleeping black man with a straw in Farmers Nooning, 1836? What does the trap represent in Catching Rabbits, 1839? Discovery of Mount's sharp wit adds another dimension to appreciation of his art.

Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan is an educator, writer, and lecturer about art, artists, and American history to both adult and  school-age audiences. Formerly the Director of Education with the Three Village Historical Society in Setauket, NY, Mrs. Kaplan curated their exhibit, Spies! How A Group of Long Island Patriots Helped General Washington Win the Revolution. She is a co-editor of the Society's publication, William Sidney Mount: Family, Friends and Ideas, about the world-renowned 19th century American genre artist.

Directions: The Community Church of East Williston is located at 45 East Williston Avenue (click this link for map: http://goo.gl/03DFf8 ), adjacent to the NW corner of Roslyn Road and East Williston Avenue/Hillside Avenue/Route 25B in East Williston. Enter the church parking lot from Roslyn Road or Ward Street (one block north of Route 25B). Enter door on the east side for the parish hall.

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