Several passions have guided Dr. Dottie Joiner’s life, among them teaching, travel and art.
The three will combine Monday as Dr. Joiner, the Lovick P. Corn Professor of Art History at LaGrange College, takes the podium at 3D Journeys, the college’s lecture/travel series, now in its eighth year.
The widely traveled professor taught for 30 years and directed international programs at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton before joining the LC faculty in 2001. Her lecture will take her audience to one of the world’s great capital cities, Vienna, for an armchair tour of two of the world’s finest art museums.
This year’s 3D lectures focus on five “jewels” of Central Europe – Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Salzburg and Bratislava. Home to more than 40 museums, Vienna is bursting with art, Dr. Joiner said. Her talk will focus on masterpieces from the Kunst Historisches Museum, which houses the fabled Hapsburg art collections, and the Secession House, designed specifically to display the work of the Secessionists, artists analogous to the Impressionists in 19th century France.
Though both were built in the 1890s, the renowned museums are remarkable for their differences.
“One looks to the past and one to the future,” Dr. Joiner said. “One represents the glorious past of the western tradition. The other was aggressively modernist at the time.”
Massive and palatial, the Kunst Historisches was opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1891 to house magnificent collections that were once the private possessions of the Hapsburg rulers. In addition to a Picture Gallery with masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Bruegel the Elder, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velazquez and more, it showcases Egyptian and near Eastern works, Greek and Roman antiquities, decorative arts, sculpture, rare coins, arms and armor.
“The works often reflect the personal taste of the respective owners,” Dr. Joiner said. “I will talk about a tiny fraction of the works in The Picture Gallery. It’s so vast, I chose the most iconic works by the bestknown artists.”
The Secession House, a Modernist structure, was opened in 1898 to display the works of breakaway artists, led by Gustav Klimt, who felt stifled by the conventional, realistic style of painting favored by the art establishment.
“They advocated instead a fresh approach influenced heavily by the flat patterns of Japanese prints and by the elaborate decorative detail of Art Nouveau,” Dr. Joiner said.
Like art itself, Dr. Joiner’s career path has evolved and changed. A native of New Orleans, with a French-speaking grandmother, she first studied and taught literature and French, earning both her master’s and Ph.D. from Emory University and joining the West Georgia faculty in 1971.
A decade later, still teaching French, she returned to Emory for a second doctorate in art history.
“I had a strong personal interest in it and wanted to pursue it,” she said. “I was not expecting to use it professionally.”
She’s been introducing students to art history ever since.
Dr. Joiner’s 34-page resume is filled with honors, awards and varied scholarly and community activities. She has led student tours to most of the world’s great art destinations, including twice to Vienna.
“I am a big fan of travel,” said Joiner. “Not only is travel fun, but you learn so much more. It is captivating and you get to see the great art of the world.”
Her goal is to give Monday’s lecture-goers a taste of the Vienna art experience, but without the suitcases.
About 3D Journeys 3D Journeys offers four free lectures annually aimed at allowing participants to “discover, discuss and develop” through lectures and optional travel. Lectures are on the fourth Mondays, January to April, at 10 a.m. in the Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall. Parking is behind Sunny Gables Alumni House, 910 Broad St., with shuttle service to the door. A Dutch-treat lunch is available in Pitts Dining Hall following each session. For additional information, call 706-8808244.
Dr. Dottie Joiner