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Offering you an opportunity to get "inside the story" of world famous art and culture 
with expert instructors in their fields.

Our programs are detailed explorations into a particular artistic genre or 
movement aimed at satisfying the curiosity of those who want to develop or enhance their appreciation of the creative mind at work.
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David will be discussing three memoirs all of which focus on the ever-fascinating theme of parents and children.  In each of these three books, the writer artfully asks the questions we all ask ourselves:  who were my parents, why did they make the choices they did and how did their decisions make us who were are.  

 

 

 

David will begin the series with Richard Ford's luminous memoir "Between Them - Remembering My Parents" which was released several months ago to wide critical acclaim.  The book is composed of two discrete novella-length memoirs that were written more than 30 years apart.  Ford wrote the first about his father recently; the memoir about his mother was written shortly after her death in 1981.  Naturally, the book is about them but it's also about the boy they conceived and what he thinks of them some 70 years later.  As always, Ford's writing is magnificent and the book will make a great starting point for this exploration of this series on the art of the memoir.  

 

 

 

The second book is "The Afterlife,"  by Donald Antrim, who we have read and enjoyed so much in the short story series. Antrim's memoir about his Faulknerian mother is one of those special reading experiences -- dazzling on the technical level while also managing to pack an emotional wallop.  It's a book that will remain with you long after you complete the final page.  

 

 

 

Of course, the series must include the formally unconventional. The third selection is "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?," Roz Chast's graphic memoir about her elderly parents' slow decline and death.  As any inveterate reader of the New Yorker knows, Chast's cartoons, alone, are enough to warrant a subscription. Her unique gift for letting characters reveal themselves in just a few words is what makes this heartbreaking but also hilarious portrait of George and Elizabeth Chast, so unforgettable.     

 

 

 

The series will begin on August 3 and continue for 6 consecutive weeks, ending on September 7.  We will devote two weeks to each book.

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll below. Series:  $360.  Individual sessions:  $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 6 THURSDAY MORNINGS Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Sept 7

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Series $360  Individual session $65

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How better to kick off summer than by immersing oneself in a greatest novel.  As always, David has selected a work that begs for a close reading and hours of discussion.  We hope you can join us for a reading of the "The Sympathizer," Viet Thanh Ngyuen's remarkable debut novel about the Vietnam War that compels us, as American readers, to assess the events of 40 years ago in an entirely new light.  

 

 

 

The novel is an enthralling read and has been the subject of rapturous reviews by the literary world.  The Pulitzer Prize winner in 2016 for distinguished fiction, "The Sympathizer" is the story of a conflicted communist sympathizer -- "a man of two minds," whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.  Part gripping spy novel, part astute exploration of extreme politics, part literary tour de force, this novel will provide us with three sessions full of discussion of what makes an enduring work of literary art.  

 

 

 

We hope you can join us next month on this adventure.  If you are like us, the novels that we have read with David and our gang of devoted readers, remain in our consciousness long after we have put them down. 

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll online or RSVP via email and send a check to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107. Series:  $180.  Individual sessions:  $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 3 THURSDAY MORNINGS July 13, 20, 27 from 10:00-noon

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Series $180  Individual session $65

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Individual session

It's a program not to miss!  The Marciano Art Foundation opened last month to huge fanfare. Housed in the historic a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961 in Mid-Wiltshire (an architectural feast for the eyes on its own), the museum is filled with some of the best examples of contemporary art.  In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is presenting a special exhibition of the work of acclaimed artist Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum that is truly special!  

Carter has a wealth of fascinating thoughts on the art as well as the Marciano's collecting strategy. 

We hope you can join us on this art adventure!

 

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited, if you wish to attend please enroll below or send RVSP via email and send a check for $50 to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Marciano Art Foundation

 

TICKETS: sold out

 

It's a program not to miss!  The Marciano Art Foundation opened last month to huge fanfare. Housed in the historic a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961 in Mid-Wiltshire (an architectural feast for the eyes on its own), the museum is filled with some of the best examples of contemporary art.  In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is presenting a special exhibition of the work of acclaimed artist Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum that is truly special!  

Carter has a wealth of fascinating thoughts on the art as well as the Marciano's collecting strategy. 

We hope you can join us on this art adventure!

 

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited, if you wish to attend please enroll below or send RVSP via email and send a check for $50 to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Marciano Art Foundation

 

TICKETS: sold out

 

 

It's a program not to miss!  The Marciano Art Foundation opened last month to huge fanfare. Housed in the historic a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961 in Mid-Wiltshire (an architectural feast for the eyes on its own), the museum is filled with some of the best examples of contemporary art.  In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is presenting a special exhibition of the work of acclaimed artist Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum that is truly special!  

Carter has a wealth of fascinating thoughts on the art as well as the Marciano's collecting strategy. 

We hope you can join us on this art adventure!

 

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited, if you wish to attend please enroll below or send RVSP via email and send a check for $50 to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Marciano Art Foundation

 

TICKETS: SOLD OUT

 

 
Please join art historian Clare Kunny in a tour of the Getty's special exhibition devoted to the art of the great David Hockney, in celebration of his 80th birthday.  
 
David Hockney is considered by many to be one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.  On the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday, the Getty Center -- home to some of his most iconic works -- will be presenting a two-part exhibition comprised of self-portraits made over the past 65 years and key photographs from the 1980's that investigate time and perspective.  In the former exhibition, we will have an opportunity to revel in Hockney's versatility as an artist with an array of prints, paintings, photographs and even Ipad drawings that together provide a remarkable and fascinating look at how this artist has seen himself from young man to octagenarian.   In the latter exhibition, we will turn our attentionto Hockney's fascination with the camera, studying his novel Poloroid composites and photo collages, including the famous "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 #2".
 
It will be a morning filled with visual delights and challenging ideas and converstaion about one of the world's most beloved artists.
 
 
 
 
Enrollment is limited!  If you wish to attend, please enroll online below.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Getty Center

 

TICKETS: Sold out

 

 

Please join art historian Clare Kunny in a tour of the Getty's special exhibition devoted to the art of the great David Hockney, in celebration of his 80th birthday.  
 
David Hockney is considered by many to be one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.  On the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday, the Getty Center -- home to some of his most iconic works -- will be presenting a two-part exhibition comprised of self-portraits made over the past 65 years and key photographs from the 1980's that investigate time and perspective.  In the former exhibition, we will have an opportunity to revel in Hockney's versatility as an artist with an array of prints, paintings, photographs and even Ipad drawings that together provide a remarkable and fascinating look at how this artist has seen himself from young man to octagenarian.   In the latter exhibition, we will turn our attentionto Hockney's fascination with the camera, studying his novel Poloroid composites and photo collages, including the famous "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 #2".
 
It will be a morning filled with visual delights and challenging ideas and converstaion about one of the world's most beloved artists.
 
 
 
 
Enrollment is limited!  If you wish to attend, please enroll online below.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Getty Center

 

TICKETS: Sold out

 

 

Please join art historian Clare Kunny in a tour of the Getty's special exhibition devoted to the art of the great David Hockney, in celebration of his 80th birthday.  
 
David Hockney is considered by many to be one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.  On the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday, the Getty Center -- home to some of his most iconic works -- will be presenting a two-part exhibition comprised of self-portraits made over the past 65 years and key photographs from the 1980's that investigate time and perspective.  In the former exhibition, we will have an opportunity to revel in Hockney's versatility as an artist with an array of prints, paintings, photographs and even Ipad drawings that together provide a remarkable and fascinating look at how this artist has seen himself from young man to octagenarian.   In the latter exhibition, we will turn our attentionto Hockney's fascination with the camera, studying his novel Poloroid composites and photo collages, including the famous "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 #2".
 
It will be a morning filled with visual delights and challenging ideas and converstaion about one of the world's most beloved artists.
 
 
 
 
Enrollment is limited!  If you wish to attend, please enroll online below.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Getty Center

 

TICKETS: Sold out

 

 
Please join art historian Clare Kunny in a tour of the Getty's special exhibition devoted to the art of the great David Hockney, in celebration of his 80th birthday.  
 
David Hockney is considered by many to be one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.  On the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday, the Getty Center -- home to some of his most iconic works -- will be presenting a two-part exhibition comprised of self-portraits made over the past 65 years and key photographs from the 1980's that investigate time and perspective.  In the former exhibition, we will have an opportunity to revel in Hockney's versatility as an artist with an array of prints, paintings, photographs and even Ipad drawings that together provide a remarkable and fascinating look at how this artist has seen himself from young man to octagenarian.   In the latter exhibition, we will turn our attentionto Hockney's fascination with the camera, studying his novel Poloroid composites and photo collages, including the famous "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 #2".
 
It will be a morning filled with visual delights and challenging ideas and converstaion about one of the world's most beloved artists.
 
 
 
 
Enrollment is limited!  If you wish to attend, please enroll online below.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Getty Center

 

TICKETS: Sold out