Dr. Tricia Grame will be discussing the evolution of the female symbol and image in the history of art. Her research was done in Italy and Malta, concentrating on the evidence that prehistoric people celebrated a female deity for nearly 30,000 years beginning in the Ice Age. Some images were realistic, expressionistic or abstract. Without the written word, these ancient artifacts spoke a language. She will then turn to the masterpieces of the Renaissance—the most extraordinary period in art history. For those Italian artists, the female became the most used subject in their art, blending religion, mythology and the landscape. Contemporary artists continue to paint and sculpt her form with a different perspective. Her symbol and image have changed dramatically; she is no longer voiceless.
“Art enriches and endures as a primary source for understanding the development of history, our enduring imprint, and the effects upon our identity.”
Tricia Grame, PhD is an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and is also an active artist, creating two- and three-dimensional art that is inspired by prehistoric female symbols. Tricia has taught and curated for the CIIS Women’s Spirituality program and MFA program, and also teaches and contributes to art education for the San Ramon school district. She has organized over 40 exhibitions and lectures nationally and internationally. She is also an art commissioner for Danville, CA, on the board of the International Caucus for Women, and has curated for the Women’s Studies program at Stanford University.
This is presented in partnership with Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco. If you are a member and would like to attend, please RSVP.