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Georgian Court Explores Works of Modernist Artist Chagall

Popular Dinner Lecture Series Offers Food for the Mind and Palate

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 16, 2010—Georgian Court University offers a glimpse into the life and work of Russian artist Marc Chagall with “Marc Chagall: Modernist Master,” a multimedia presentation, on Friday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. Part of Georgian Court’s popular Adventures in the Arts: Dinner and an Artist series, a complete Russian dinner will be served. Enjoy dessert and coffee during the presentation.

“The slide show will follow Chagall’s career from his student days in St. Petersburg, to his last works from shtetl life, and to the glitz of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, the capital of the art world at the time. During his 98 years, he never forgot his hometown of Vitebsk, and he depicted biblical scenes in poetic and colorful ways, in both paint and stained glass,” says Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art, who will be your travel guide on this armchair journey.

Dr. Festa will also present two more lectures as part of this ongoing Friday night series this fall:

  • “Henri Matisse: A Rainbow World” on November 5
  • “Leonardo da Vinci: Archetype of the Renaissance” on December 3

All Dinner and an Artist events are $37 per person and take place in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

About Marc Chagall
Born Moishe Segal in Vitebsk, Russia (now in Belarus), Marc Chagall (1887–1985) was the first-born of nine children in his traditional close-knit Russian-Jewish family. In 1907, he began studying art with Leon Bakst in St. Petersburg. It was at this time that his distinct style began to emerge and his paintings began to center on images from his childhood. In 1910, Chagall moved to Paris for four years, later settling there permanently in 1923. Though he garnered fame in Paris, Chagall remained true to his Russian-Jewish roots, and depicted his village with a combination of color, fantasy, nostalgia, and religion. Throughout his career, he was inspired by Judaism, the Bible, and Russian folklore as evidenced in his paintings and stained glass masterpieces.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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