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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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For this 6-session series, David has selected essays that promise a highly rewarding reading experience as well as a great opportunity for challenging discussion.

 Most of the essays can be found in “Brief Encounters, edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney. For the ones not included there are links below.

 

Week One-Oct 5

Jim Krusoe, “Traffic”

Hilton Als, “Fats.”

Marion Winik, “Sixteen Pictures of My Father”: 

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/sixteen-pictures-of-my-father/Content?oid=873999

Leslie Jamison, “La Plata Perdida.”

 

Week Two- Oct 12

Jo Ann Beard, “The Fourth State of Matter”:

 http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1996/06/24/the-fourth-state-of-matter

Megan Stielstra, “Here is My Heart.”

 

Week Three-Oct 19

Brenda Miller, “How to Meditate.” 

Dinah Lenney, “Future Imperfect.” 

Sven Birkerts, “One Long Sentence.” 

Chris Daley, “Thoughts on Time After Viewing Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock.’” 

 

Week Four- Oct 26

John Hersey, Hiroshima

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1946/08/31/hiroshima

 

Week Five-Nov 2

Anika Fajardo, “What Didn’t Happen.”

Phillip Lopate, “Max and Minna”

Nicholas Montemarano, “No Results Found”

 

Week Six- Nov 9

Lynne Sharon Schwartz, “The Renaissance”

Liz Stephens, “American Animal”

Emily Rapp, “Los Angelitos”

 

 

We hope you can join us!  As always, David's literary series sells out quickly. 

If you wish to attend, please enroll below. 


 

DATES: 6 THURSDAY MORNINGS Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: $360/Series   $65/Session

Series

 



Individual session

 

For the next five months, Southern California will be ablaze with art!  Spearheaded by the Getty, some 70 arts institutions in Los Angeles and its surrounding environs are uniting in a mission to showcase Latino and Latin American art.  The festival is a natural extension of Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles (1945-1980), which the Getty organized back in 2011 as a way of telling the story of the birth of the LA art scene.  Of course, 1945 was hardly the beginning.  In 1781, Los Angeles, the city, was born as part of New Spain -- a Latin American city that has developed into the city we knew today.   In order to acknowledge and celebrate our Latin American roots, museums have again collaborated to take a fresh look at the vibrant traditions of Latin American and Latino art.  The offerings are diverse -- from the eyepopping wonder of Precolumbian luxury goods to the most innovative contemporary art practice.  
 
Be a part of the conversation by participating in a special 4-part series. Here's the itinerary:
 
October 2 at 11:  "A BRIEF HISTORY OF PST:LA/LA."  Join art historian Clare Kunny for an in-depth illustrated lecture designed to get us ready for the visual riches we will be seeing on our museum adventures.  What is PST/LA/LA?  How do the arts and culture of Latin America dialogue with Los Angeles?  How is our culture informed by what came before?  These questions, and much more, will be discussed in this introductory session.    
 
October 3 at 11:  "HOME - SO DIFFERENT, SO APPEALING at LACMA.   Join artist and art commentator Regina Mamou on a fascinating tour of LACMA's contribution to PST:LA/LA.  This exhibition is a groundbreaking look at one of our most basic social concepts.  Spanning over 70 years and several artistic movements, from Pop to Conceptualism, this show seeks to transform the meaning of "home" in ways that challenge our perceptions of place, nationality, domesticity and belonging.  
 
October 10 at 11:  "GOLDEN KINGDOMS: LUXURY AND LEGACY IN THE ANCIENT AMERICAS"  at the Getty Center.  Prepare to be awe-inspired!  Join Clare Kunny in a tour of this major exhibition feature more than 300 masterpieces that trace the development of luxury arts in the Americas from 1000 BC to the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century.  An experience that melds the historical, cultural, political and just plain beautiful with works that will likely never be seen together again.  
 
October 25 at 11:  "REVOLUTION AND RITUAL - 3 MEXICAN WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS" at Scripps & "PROMETHEUS 1930/2017 - CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO OROZCO'S MURAL at Pomona College.  Join Clare for a fascinating morning on the cam;pus of the Claremont Colleges.  We will begin our morning at the Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, where we will take a tour of a marvelous photography show that focuses on three generations of Mexican female photographers, their careers spanning 100 years.  Sara Castrejon was one of the few female photographers who documented the Mexican Revolution.  Graciela Iturbide is best known for her photos of the daily lives of Mexico's indigenous cultures, while Tatiana Parcero, a contemporary artist, splices images of her body with cosmological maps and Aztec codies.  By bringing their work into conversation, we will get a rare opportunity to see how photography has been transformed over the past century in Mexico.  We will then turn our attention to the historic mural of Orozco at Pomona College.  Painted in 1930, Prometheus was the first mural painted by the "big three Mexican muralists" in the United States.  For PST:LA/LA, the mural will be positioned within the context of contemporary artistic practice in Mexico, providing us with the rare opportunity to see a masterpiece of the 20th century through contemporary eyes.  
devoted to the best of PST:LA/LA.  

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll below. Series:  $180.  Individual sessions:  $50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 

WHERE: Westwood, LACMA, Getty Center, Claremont

TICKETS: Series $180  Individual session $50

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Lecture

Home at LACMA



Golden Kingdoms


Revolution and Rituals
LACMA's special exhibition "Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage" focuses on the significant role that music and dance played in Chagall's art.  The performing arts, including dance, theater and music, was a major source of inspiration for Chagall.  Musicians populate his paintings.  He created set designs for the Ballet Russes.  He created murals and theatrical productions for the Moscow State Jewish Theater and designed costumes and sets for ballet and opera during the 1940's-1960's.  
 
In particular, we will have an opportunity to view and discuss Chagall's vibrant costume and set designs for the ballets "The Firebird," "Aleko," and Daphnis & Chloe and Mozart's opera The Magic Flute."  Some of these remarkable pieces have never been seen in the United States since they appeared on stage.  The exhibition also includes a selection of Chagall's iconic paintings, works on paper and rare film footage -- all of which will give us a rare opportunity to study this 20th century master.  
 
We hope you can join us in reveling in the beauty of Chagall's vision.  

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited, if you wish to attend please enroll below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: LACMA

 

TICKETS: sold out

 

 

LACMA's special exhibition "Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage" focuses on the significant role that music and dance played in Chagall's art.  The performing arts, including dance, theater and music, was a major source of inspiration for Chagall.  Musicians populate his paintings.  He created set designs for the Ballet Russes.  He created murals and theatrical productions for the Moscow State Jewish Theater and designed costumes and sets for ballet and opera during the 1940's-1960's.  
 
In particular, we will have an opportunity to view and discuss Chagall's vibrant costume and set designs for the ballets "The Firebird," "Aleko," and Daphnis & Chloe and Mozart's opera The Magic Flute."  Some of these remarkable pieces have never been seen in the United States since they appeared on stage.  The exhibition also includes a selection of Chagall's iconic paintings, works on paper and rare film footage -- all of which will give us a rare opportunity to study this 20th century master.  
 
We hope you can join us in reveling in the beauty of Chagall's vision.  

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited, if you wish to attend please enroll below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: LACMA

 

TICKETS: Sold Out