Hurley will discuss the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, including art, poetry and fiction. He will offer his insight into Romanticism’s continuing presence in the modern world.
"CJ views Romantic thought as an essential part of being human and has a special regard for Romanticism’s position regarding nature. This is a topic he often explores in his art and Romantic themes are backstory to his work on exhibit."
The Romantic Legacy gives an overview of Romanticism, its time period, and its relationship to the Age of Reason, which it immediately followed. A key theme of the presentation is the validity of Romantic period ideas in modern times.
The presentation discusses Romanticism’s reaction to the Industrial Revolution, and how it acted as a counter-point to industrialism and discussing the achievements of Romanticism, its demise, and how it survived in the modern consciousness, primarily through the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Hurley's talk will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the gallery at 228 Seneca St. Oil City.
His work will be available for viewing before and after the talk and light refreshments will be provided.
The Facebook event's page describes the exhibition as: "The Lyrical Landscape is a series of paintings that view nature as sacred, portraying that underlying sanctity with idealized images of profound beauty and consequence."
The Exhibit will be open through Saturday, October 14.
The exhibit and community educational events are supported in part by a grant from Erie Arts & Culture.