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The Changing Face of War Illustration  
Our country’s past is filled with conflict and every conflict has been represented by visual artists. Art and its creators often have the power to persuade, change, shape, and lead public opinion. Kristin Matthews, director of BYU’s American Studies program, joins Thinking Aloud to explore the battleground of American opinion, the power of visual representation, and the turning tide of war illustration.

Carl Bloch & Brian Bird 

Dawn Pheysey, curator of religious art, Jeff Barney, manager of exhibition design, and Paul Anderson, head of design, join Marcus Smith on Thinking Aloud to talk about the contribution of Brian Bird to Carl Bloch: The Master’s Hand, an exhibition at BYU Museum of Art. Brian Bird was the designer of the exhibit and died shortly after it opened.

Dorothea Lange Exhibition with Diana Turnbow
Diana Turnbow, Curator of Photography at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, discusses the Museum’s exhibit of Dorothea Lange’s Three Mormon Towns.


Wide Open Spaces Exhibit

Diane and Sam Stewart loaned their extensive collection of western art to the BYU Museum of Art, to be included with the museum’s own works for this special exhibit, Wide Open Spaces: Capturing the Grandeur of the Southwest. On this episode of Thinking Aloud, Diane Stewart gives a personal walking tour to Marcus Smith.


James Tissot

With guests Rita Wright, Heather Jensen, and Rory Scanlon, we explore the life and works of James Tissot. Particular attention is given to the shift in his art from chronicling the Victorian age to his religious paintings of the life of Christ. A look is also given at his use of religious costumes. More information about the BYU Museum of Art exhibit, “James Tissot: The Life of Christ,” can be found at


One of the Museum of Art’s current exhibitions is Bill Owens’ Suburbia, prints taken from a 1972 book of the same title. Suburbia represents a place of American hopes–to own your own home, have your own things–and failed dreams, that resonate with us today in the midst of foreclosures and the mortgage crisis. We’re Thinking Aloud with Diana Turnbow, the curator of photography of BYU Museum of Art, and James Swenson, from the BYU Department of Visual Arts.

Great Museums

Neil Postman wrote, “A museum is an answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be a human being?” Great Museums, and the way we interact with them, reveal who we are as individuals, and as a culture. Today’s interview will feature Rita Wright, the Senior Museum Educator at the BYU Museum of Art. She will discuss a course she is currently teaching titled Great Museums.

Valerie Atkisson

Valerie Atkisson was born 1971. John Maxwell was born in 1404 in Scotland. A man named Siegfried, who was the first count of Luxembourg, was born around A.D. 922. Then add in a sculpture at BYU’s Museum of Art called “Hanging Family History.” How does all this fit together? We talk about it on today’s Thinking Aloud.


Major Exhibition of Victorian Art at BYU

The BYU Museum of Art is one of only seven American venues to host Paintings from the Reign of Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection, London. The collection includes many of the most visible and praised “modern canvasses” from London in the 1880s. The story of their collector, Thomas Holloway, is as intriguing as the paintings themselves. We’re discussing both.

Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon

This year marks the 85th Annual Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art. The Salon represents a gathering place for those who foster and care about the visual arts. Two representatives of the Salon join Thinking Aloud to tell us about it. Vern Swanson has been the director of the Springville Museum of Art since 1980. Jeff Lambson is the curator of contemporary art at the BYU Museum of Art.

Hagen Haltern Art Exhibition

After 31 years as an artist and educator at BYU, Hagen Haltern retires this week. Throughout his career Haltern has advocated a position that the most meaningful art will always have spiritual foundations. His exhibition, “Visionism: The Art Based on Messianic Light, the Greatest Variety in Strongest Unity,” is on display at the Orem Public Library.

Education in Zion Exhibit 

A new compass or symbol is intended to function for the entire Brigham Young University community as an institutional guide, a place from which to take one’s bearings–to keep a sense of direction in time and in space, in life and death, in living and learning. This new symbol has moved much closer to the heart of campus. Today on Thinking Aloud, a discussion with Ann Lambson, curator of the Education in Zion exhibit.

Artist Brian Kershisnik

Brian Kershisnik’s reputation as a painter is secure. Among artists, he’s one of the finest Utah has to offer. If you have not yet encountered the work of Brian Kershisnik, I say it’s time you do. Join us, even though you can’t see the art right now, for a discussion that just might encourage you to take a look sometime soon.

Artist Dan Steinhilber

You may have walked around a museum and observed a painting or a sculpture-some work of art that is beautiful, for sure, but not out of the ordinary. Dan Steinhilber is a Washington DC sculptor who makes things or brings them together or assembles them into something quite unusual, but still art. Join us to Think Aloud about this unique style and the creations that come from it.



Islamic Art

“To see through this fragmentary world to the full power of the Original Being has always been a function of the imagination, of art, and of religion. The Qur’an would urge Muslims to make the imaginative and intellectual effort to look at the world around them in a symbolic way” (Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet). With the help of Museum Director, historian, novelist, and artist Sabiha al Kemir, we’ll take a plunge into our own intellectual imaginations as we discuss the features and symbolism of Islamic art.

Art, Belief, and Meaning

On today’s Thinking Aloud, we’re Picturing the Divine, this year’s theme for the BYU Museum of Art’s symposium on Art, Belief, and Meaning. We’re talking to BYU Museum of Art’s head of research Hermann Dutoit and Professor of Religion at Brigham Young University-Hawaii Keith Lane.

A Hidden World: Japanese Woodblock Prints

From 1639 to 1854, Japan and it’s culture were unknown to the Western world, a result of over two centuries of self-imposed isolation. The first glimpse many Westerners had of this hidden world came through a distinctively Japanese art form – colorful woodblock prints called ukiyo-e (oo-key-yo-eh) that had been reproduced by the thousands over the previous century. On today’s Thinking Aloud, we’re discussing the exhibit titled: Windows on a Hidden World: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the BYU Museum of Art Collection. We’re talking to scholars of Japanese literature, art and culture, as well as the curator and designer of the exhibit.

Turning Point

A new exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art illustrates the ideological shift that quelled the Modernist movement. Turning Point: The Demise of Modernism and the Rebirth of Meaning in American Art presents pieces that show not only how American art changes with time, but how the theory and perspective shifts from one generation to the next. Campbell Gray and Jeff Lambson, director and curator of contemporary art, help us chart the ideas – or lack thereof – behind modern art.

Victorian Art at the BYU Museum of Art

Every summer in the latter half of the 19th century, the city of London hosted hundreds of thousands of art lovers. Spectators experienced decadence and beauty, traditional values and romance–all in art form. In an age of prosperity, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert publicly promoted art and patronage. We’re discussing the John H. Schaeffer collection of Victorian paintings now on exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art. Our guests are Paul Anderson, who is the curator and designer of the BYU Museum of Art exhibition on Victorian paintings, and Heather Belnap Jensen, a professor in the Visual Arts Department.

Dismantling Geneva Steel

Admittedly, the Geneva Steel Mills in Utah County were not as ancient as the Parthenon of Athens or the Roman coliseum. But the plant took up more space and certainly seemed a permanent neighbor. Chris Dunker’s photographic study of the Geneva Steel Works offers a unique and intriguing view of the last phase of the life of this massive production facility located west of Orem across the interstate in Vineyard, Utah. Today, we’re Thinking Aloud with photographer Chris Dunker and museum curator Diana Turnbow about a mighty absence in our community, asking the question: what’s left of Geneva Steel?

Cliche and Collusion

The BYU Museum of Art presented the first United States showing of “Cliche and Collusion: Video Works by Grant Stevens.” This innovative art exhibit comments on modern mass media through the use of flat screens, music, and broadcast conventions. Our guests are Campbell Gray, Director of the BYU Museum of Art, Dannette Paul (BYU English Department),and Travis Anderson (BYU Philosophy Department).



MOA Dance Art Exhibit

On today’s Thinking Aloud, we’re exploring Splendor and Spectacle: Images of Dance from Court Ballet to Broadway at the BYU Museum of Art. This exhibition traces the development of ballet from the royal courts of the seventeenth century to the popular theaters of nineteenth-century Europe and America. We’ll talk the owners of this private collection of art relating to the history of dance. The exhibit is on display at the MOA until December 31, 2007.

Minerva Teichert: A New Exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art

Western painter Minerva Teichert seems to have thrived on big plans. No matter how small the story told by her art, the story’s enactment as a painting or mural called for a large public space. Thinking Aloud discusses Minerva Teichert and her creative life with BYU Museum of Art curator Marian Wardle, who is the author of a companion book to the museum exhibit, likewise titled “Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint” (Brigham Young University Press, 2007).

British Painters of the Victorian Era, with Rita Wright

The names Frederic Leighton and Dante Gabriel Rossetti still reverberate in the halls of art history. In Victorian times, they and their peers often painted scenes and subjects drawn from religious antecedents far removed from their immediate aesthetic purposes. The fuzzy line between religious art and purely aesthetic pursuit comes into focus in this conversation with one of Utah’s premiere art educators. We chat with Rita Wright of the BYU Museum of Art, on the afternoon of her evening lecture in the museum’s Art History Lecture Series. For more information, visit the BYU Museum of Art website at

Paths to Impressionism: A New Exhibit at the BYU MOA

Curators Cheryll May and Paul Anderson from the BYU Museum of Art join Thinking Aloud to discuss the new exhibit opening today titled “Paths to Impressionism.” The exhibit, including one of Claude Monet’s famed waterlily works, is on loan from an art collection in Worcester, Massachusetts.



Dream of Eden: From the Permanent Collection at the BYU Museum of Art To many artists of the early 19th century, the Americas seemed like a new Garden of Eden, a land teeming with natural bounty and correspondingly abundant in aesthetic possibilities. In a newly installed exhibit from its permanent collection, the BYU Museum of Art displays a selection of works typifying the Eden theme in visual art. Michael Call (chair of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature at BYU), Laura Howe (graduate student in art history and curatorial studies), and Rachelle Woodbury (graduate student in comparative studies) all join Thinking Aloud’s host Marcus Smith in a conversation about the Edenic theme’s manifestation in art.

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