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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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Upcoming Events

 

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

Series



Individual Session

 

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: $50

 

 

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. Carter has a wealth of fascinating thoughts on the art as well as the Marciano's collecting strategy. This tour is perfect for for those of you who have already attended Carter's tour of the Marciano Foundation and for those first time visitors. 

We hope you can join Carter on part 2 this art adventure!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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