The next Globalist Coffeehouse will be on Thursday, July 15th, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shoal Creek Saloon, 909 N. Lamar Blvd. Yes, it will be in person! See below for the details.
The topic will be: Global Art as “Icons of Cultures”
For centuries art has played a role in culture – whether religion, colonialism, revolution, and war. Think about the collecting (some would say looting) of artifacts from South and Central America by the Spanish and Portuguese or Africa and Asia (including the Indian Subcontinent) by colonials and the French and British in the Middle East. Then there are religious wars and revolutions, from the art appropriated or destroyed by the Germans in WWII – whatever happened to the famed “Amber room” – to the Taliban destroying the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. The U.S. has also “played this game,” if you think about Native American artifacts in our major museum collections.
So, what about more contemporary efforts at repatriation – to locate, restore and even return artifacts to the original owners or societies?
Join us for our first “in person” discussion about this fascinating topic. We are certain that you will all have wonderful stories to tell about experiencing temples, statuary, art collections, and the historical “back-story” of how it ended up on that wall or pedestal.
Regarding the new location and format. We will be in a private dining room at the Shoal Creek Saloon. It is an Austin “icon” in its own right. Please check out their website and menu. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. but do come a little early – get a craft beer, perhaps order something to eat, and enjoy meeting your fellow “globalists” in person!