Professor discusses critic John Ruskin

first_imgUSC hosted the John Ruskin Art Club, the oldest arts and cultural association in Los Angeles, Thursday night at Doheny Library for a lecture on the club’s founder, John Ruskin.“This is really our home,” said club president Gabriel Meyer, before the lecture. “The Ruskin Art Club was involved with USC since 1905 so we go back a long way with USC. Many of the wives of the founders of USC were a part of the Ruskin Art Club and established a deep connection there. More recently, we donated our historic archives to the USC special collections, and we are very proud to have them here.”The lecture, given by Cambridge professor and noteworthy Ruskin expert Clive Wilmer, dramatized the ways in which Ruskin’s sociological ideals are still applicable today. Ruskin’s articles, which praised English artist J. M. W. Turner’s paintings as “true” art, persuaded audiences that nature is wonderful and that people should pay attention to it to save it.“He claimed that such industrial capitalism was taking over and destroying the world,”  Wilmer said. “How the skies are darkening. How there is more and more pollution in the air. How the snow is melting. Sound familiar?”Ruskin, who is largely associated with the “Arts and Crafts” movement that grew out of his writing, is highly influential in the United States. Ruskin lived in Manchester, England, which was then regarded as the center of Britain’s newly acquired wealth and site of mass poverty and social stratification as a result of factories of the Industrial Revolution.Wilmer said that 150 years ago, John Ruskin was trying to tell his audience that the world was falling apart and no one was paying attention. Ruskin said that like painting, where the message is inseparable from the medium, the language of poetry cannot be understood without the words and the rhythms. Rather than simply dictionary definitions, meaning is a matter of context, sound and rhythm.Ruth Weisberg, professor of fine arts at USC, said she aims to carry out Ruskin’s vision through her classes at USC.“The actual work is physical work done in a way that harkens back 500 years ago,” Weisberg said. “I teach drawing based on observation and based on apprehension of form and the poetry of the visual. I do not deny imagination, but I want the hand that is trained.”“Many people believe in the term “deskilling” but it is very important to me that we are still teaching students based on observation and training one’s hand and eye,” she said. “Giving them something so real and enduring. And I am very proud that will continue here at USC.”Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Professor Jim Spaces gave the lecture.  Spaces introduced the main lecturer, Clive Wilmer. It also stated that Ruskin was active 300 years ago. He was active 150 years ago. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

Ravian Pierce ‘going to be out for a while,’ says Dino Babers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 22, 2018 at 9:36 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Tight end Ravian Pierce was not in uniform for Syracuse’s (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win over Connecticut (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic).After the game, when asked about Pierce’s absence, SU head coach Dino Babers did not go into much detail about the specifics of the injury or how it was suffered, but he did say the following:“He’s got an upper-body injury and he’s going to be out for a while. It’s really kind of disappointing, kind of snuck up on us. He’s such a tough guy, we didn’t know exactly when it happened. And we’ll just kind of leave it at that.”Pierce entered the season as the starting tight end after a strong first campaign last season for the Orange with 29 receptions for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Pierce is currently a senior, and he transferred from Southwest Mississippi Community College prior to the 2017 season.In three games this season, Pierce caught six passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGabe Horan will fill in for Pierce, Babers said. Horan, a Baldwinsville native, hauled in the first catch of his career for a seven-yard touchdown against UConn.center_img Commentslast_img read more