After teaching Art History for 42 years, Petr invested several months to develop the tried and true instruction in the form of a chautauqua. In this thespian art form, Petr takes on the personality of a famous character, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (the dwarf post-impressionist artist), Ötzi the Iceman (the Tyrolean Mesolithic Iceman), and R. Buckminster-Fuller (famous American Architect). In the persona of another, Petr presents a 45 to 60 minute performance, which is both entertaining and educational.
Ötzi the Iceman, Similaun Man, or Man from Hauslabjoch are modern names of a well-preserved natural mummy of a man from about 3300 BC. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. The nickname comes from Ötztal (Ötz valley), the region in which he was discovered. He is Europe’s oldest natural human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. More >>>
Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter and printmaker. Born to an old aristocratic family (Nov. 24, 1864), he developed his interest in art during lengthy convalescence after both his legs were fractured in separate accidents that left them permanently stunted and made walking difficult. He is best known for his portrayals of late 19th-century Parisian life, particularly working-class, cabaret, circus, nightclub and brothel scenes. More >>>
R. Buckminster Fuller was a 20th century inventor, mathematician and futurist. Philosophically he was concerned with meeting the needs of a growing global civilization while reducing the use of natural resources; his inventions were meant to achieve those goals by simplifying and improving human housing and the objects of daily life. Never quite a mainstream figure, Fuller was viewed by some as an impractical dreamer but embraced by others as a visionary genius. His most famous invention was the geodesic dome. More >>>
Flores Man is a possible species of extinct human discovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Partial skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete skull. This hominin is remarkable for its small body and brain and for its survival until relatively recent times (possibly as recently as 12,000 years ago). Recovered alongside the skeletal remains were stone tools from archaeological horizons ranging from 94,000 to 13,000 years ago. The remains themselves have been dated to between 38,000 and 13,000 years ago. More >>>