This Monday, January 22nd at 6:30 pm – VCS presents Ellen Handler Spitz: Art and Storytelling


Ellen Handler Spitz: Art and Storytelling

Monday, January 22, 2018

6:30 – 8:00pm

Room 101C, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Free and open to the public


Images tell stories differently from words. How can artful imagery condense time-based verbal narratives into single, unique meanings? Focusing principally on Ghiberti’s luminous Gates of Paradise in Florence, this lecture by Ellen Handler Spitz will explore how brilliant visual art captures spectators and pulls them into stories with suspense, hope, terror and the artist’s own first-person take. Casting back to the caves of Lascaux, Spitz will trace the lineage of illustration back across time—homines fabri, human beings as storytellers in both word and image. Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies, the event will end with a brief Q&A.

Ellen Handler Spitz is currently a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. She writes on the arts, literature, psychology and the aesthetic lives of children.

Photo credit: R. Howard Bloch, 2017

Visual & Critical Studies