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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.
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

 David will be doing a 3-session series devoted to the five remarkable stories (along with one scholarly essay by mr. Ulin himself) contained in the great Denis Johnson’s posthumous collection “The Largesse of the SeaMaiden.”  

Johnson finished this collection — his first in 25 years — just before he died of liver cancer last year.  Like his masterpiece “Jesus’ Son,” many stories of which we have read together, these  stories are lyrical, dark, funny and full of gorgeous language.  He explores themes of mortality and redemption — “the last words from one of the world’s greatest writers.”

The series dates are March 1, 15, 22.
 
 

 

Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll below. Series:  $180.  Individual sessions:  $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 3 THURSDAY MORNINGS March 1, 15 and 22

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: $180/series   $65/session

Series

 



Individual Session
Edgar Degas is a beloved Impressionist painter, master of pastel, and sculptor.  Although he exhibited just one sculpture during his lifetime (the controversial "Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen"), Degas modeled in wax and clay in the privacy of his studio throughout his career, producing hundreds of small scale studies of horses, dancers and bathers that were seen only by close friends.  It was not until his death -- 100 years ago -- that the extent of his sculptural production was discovered.  Of the nearly 150 pieces found in his studio, 74 of the best-preserved examples were cast in bronze.  
 
We are so fortunate to be neighbors of the remarkable Norton Simon Museum, which has a spectacular collection of Degas' modeles, the first and only set of bronze cast from the original wax and plaster statuettes.  What makes this collection so special is that it can reveal evidence of Degas' handwork, allowing us to see the way in which Degas pressed and smeared the wax and plaster as if he were painting.  Indeed, by presenting the bronzes alongside related pictures by Degas, the exhibition gives us the special opportunity to see how the radical and new techniques Degas employed in his sculpture also are found in his paintings and drawings.  

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Norton Simon Museum

 

TICKETS: $50

 

 

All under one roof at one time!  MOCA Grand presents “Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Golden,” an exhibition that brings together the work of three of the most influential photographers of modern life.  We are especially fortunate to have photographer and art commentator Regina Mamou as our guide. Regina’s aesthetic sensibility and breadth of knowledge regarding modern photography will provide a special opportunity to explore the ways in which Brassai, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin all use photography to reflect and transform the world they see.  Regina’s tour of some 100 works by these three artists, including many of their most iconic works, will bring these legendary artists to life.  
 
 
 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: MOCA Grand

 

TICKETS: Sold Out

 

 

All under one roof at one time!  MOCA Grand presents “Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Golden,” an exhibition that brings together the work of three of the most influential photographers of modern life.  We are especially fortunate to have photographer and art commentator Regina Mamou as our guide. Regina’s aesthetic sensibility and breadth of knowledge regarding modern photography will provide a special opportunity to explore the ways in which Brassai, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin all use photography to reflect and transform the world they see.  Regina’s tour of some 100 works by these three artists, including many of their most iconic works, will bring these legendary artists to life.  
 
 
 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: MOCA Grand

 

TICKETS: $50

 

 

One of the most significant additions to the Los Angeles cultural landscape is Hauser & Wirth.  The exhibitions are akin to museum shows with works that are historically rich and expansive.  The upcoming shows are no exception.  Please join artist and teacher Julie Weitz for a fascinating morning looking at and learning about the great Louise Bourgeois and MacArthur genius Mark Bradford.  “Louise Bourgeois The Red Sky” features a selection of previously unseen works on paper by this remarkable American artist.  Created between 2007 and 2009, this exhibition depicts both words and images that confirm Bourgeois’ lifelong fascination with the body, trauma, nature and memory.  

“Mark Bradford New Work” follows Bradford’s recent solo exhibitions at the 57th Venice Biennale and the  Hirshhorn Museum.  Bradford lives and works in Los Angeles and received his MFA from Cal Arts.  Bradford gained acclaim from works in which he transformed materials scavenged from the streets into large collages and installations that speak to and about the diverse cultural and geographical makeup of Southern California.  Bradford is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur “Genius” award in 2009.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Hauser & Wirth

 

TICKETS: Sold out