Hume Presents at the Frye

Written by Laura Paskin
October 14, 2013

Art History Professor Naomi Hume speaks on "Decadent Art as Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Central Europe" at the Frye Museum at 6:30 p.m. on November 7. She will discuss how painters in Munich, Vienna and elsewhere challenged social mores with such decadent themes as sexuality, sickness, morbidity and madness, commonly thought of as signs of civilization’s decline.
"Decadence suggests decay or deterioration from a previous state of vitality,” Hume said. “Starting in the 1870s, critics called artistic aestheticism decadent, dismissing artists who merely pleased the senses rather than edifying the mind, but sensuality could be political in turn-of-the-century Central Europe.”
The Frye Museum and the lecture are free and open to the public.

“Decadent Art as Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Central Europe" is part of the Connections and Contexts series sponsored by the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Department of Germanics. The series of lectures relates art, history, and culture to the Frye’s exhibitions.
Hume, who received her PhD from the University of Chicago, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006. She focuses her scholarship and research on modern art and the art of Central and Eastern Europe.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees, including an MFA in Arts Leadership.