2010-10-21 / About Town

Return to the Ice Age at tonight’s talk

The Friends of the Jamestown Library are pleased to host a talk on cave art from the Ice Age on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

In her book “The Creative Ice Age Brain: Cave Art in the Light of Neuroscience,” Barbara Olins

Alpert exhibits an innovative approach to understanding the foundations of art and provides an intriguing look at both the human mind and some of the intrinsic qualities of artistic expression--qualities that have been integral parts of human nature since that first spark kindled the creative explosion in human cognition and brought our ancestors to a new level of awareness.

Barbara Olins Alpert is an artist and art historian. She taught prehistoric art at the Rhode Island School of Design between 1988-2000. For many years she has been engaged in field research on rock art in the United States, France, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, India and Australia. A number of her articles on Ice Age art have appeared in museum journals including Anthropologie published by the Moravske Museum, Brno, Czech Republic and the journal I’ Antropologie published by the Musee de l’Homme, Paris. Alpert’s understanding of and approach to Ice Age art is deepened by an empathy drawn from her own experience in working with materials not unlike those used by Ice Age artists. She works in a variety of media related to drawing, painting and sculpture. In addition to exhibitions of her work in the United States she has shown work in Malta, Russia, China and Japan. Alpert is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a summa cum laude graduate of Brown University and Life Member of the Art Student’s League. She is listed in the UNESCO publication Who’s Who in Rock Art. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at 423-7280.

Return to top