Culture & Society
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NEW! An Alfred Hitchcock Appreciation
Over a career spanning half a century Alfred Hitchcock, the “Master of Suspense” directed numerous films which have become an indelible part of cinema. Using short clips from his films as well as excerpts from his many interviews, we’ll examine memorable scenes from films such as Rear Window, Vertigo, Notorious, and Spellbound; how he used camera and editing techniques to manipulate the audience’s emotions; and how his associations with graphic artist Saul Bass and composer Bernard Herrmann enabled him to further enhance his films.
CE-FILM 2034VA, 1 Wed., Aug. 9, 11:30 am-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $30. R Knox. #6064
The Art of Ancient Civilizations
Explore the fascinating art and architecture of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rose. Discover the ways humans of long ago made sense of and expressed their view of the world, resulting in artistic conventions which influenced generations of artists that followed and are still in use today.
CE-CULTR 2040VA, 4 Tues., July 11-Aug. 1, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. S Altman. #5331
Mary Cassatt and the Impressionists at the Met
Join us for a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with instructor Susan Courtney for a guided tour of the artwork of Mary Cassatt in the American Wing and that of her fellow Impressionists Degas, Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro in European Paintings. A wonderful accompaniment to our companion class, Mary Cassatt in France (not required). Meet inside the Met at the large vase on the right as you face the grand staircase. After the tour, you have the option of having lunch together at Le Pain Quotidien, 1131 Madison Ave.(between 84th & 85th Sts.). Upon entering the Met, participants pay the $10 Group Tour Admission Fee to Prof. Courtney, who will purchase tickets for all.
CE-ART 2226VA, 1 Fri., July 28, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $25. S Courtney. #5336
Exploring Our Culinary History
Join us for a look inside our country’s early dining culture. Our instructor, a culinary historian, shares insights and behind–the-scenes secrets from various periods. Each class meets for 1 Tues., 10:00 am-1:00 pm, and costs $30. L Nahon.
NEW! Dining in the Colonial Mid-Atlantic
One pot of mush served in a wooden bowl is what most people imagine when they think about eating dinner during New York’s colonial period; the truth is much more delicious. From the early years of Dutch settlement through its birth as a new state, dinner in New York consisted of a rich array of local and imported ingredients. Join us as we explore dinner at the tables of New York’s merchant class. How the tables were set, what food was served, where it came from, who did the cooking, and what changes marked the early, middle, and late periods? A tantalizing look at history that can grace your tables today.
CE-CULTR 2046VA, Oct. 3, KNC-2. #83784
NEW! Dining with George and Martha Washington
You’ve been invited to join his Eminence and Mrs. Washington for dinner in New York City, our country’s first capital. What can you look forward to enjoying? A new nation, recovering from war with one of the world’s most powerful countries. Yet, before the war, NYC had been one of the wealthiest jewels in the king’s crown. What is it like now? What could possibly be on the menu? Like many guests, you have questions; join us for a look at some possible answers.
CE-CULTR 2047VA, Oct. 10, KNC-2. #83785
NEW! Dining in the Gilded Age
From socialites to robber barons, New York was home to many of the rich and famous of the late 19th century. Not just NYC, but up and down the Hudson River Valley, lavish homes dotted the landscapes; the high life took on new meaning following the Reconstruction Era. The Gilded Age solidified fine dining as we know it today. Join us in this exploration of conspicuous consumption in and around the dining room.
CE-CULTR 2048VA, Oct. 17, Room TBD. #83786
NEW! Tea and Dessert
The displays of fine goods in the mid-Atlantic during the colonial and new nation period rival those of most international cities. The wealth of the upper class allowed for a leisurely life, including some of the finest social repasts, like tea in the afternoon or dancing in the evening, ending with a lovely dessert display. These were the times a woman of the house displayed her skills, and her husband’s wealth. Journey back in time and explore pleasures you can add to your life today.
CE-CULTR 2049VA, Oct. 24, Room TBD. #83787
NEW! How to Read and Interpret a Work of Art
Learn different ways of looking at art and understanding it better. Examine various media including the use of such elements as color, shape, texture, point of view, focal point, and perspective. Explore tools to increase your comprehension and appreciation of any work of art. Examples presented will be from the entire span of art history.
CE-ART 2261VA, 6 Wed., Sept. 13-Oct. 18, 6:30-7:45 pm, Room TBD, $95. S Altman. #83312
NEW! The Greatest Paintings in Art History
Explore what makes the greatest paintings of art history influential and important for art lovers, through lectures and presentations.
CE-ART 2262VA, 7 Wed., Sept. 27-Nov. 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $165 J Coppola. #83313
The Art and Architecture of Jewish Culture: Part 1
An exploration of the art and architecture of Jewish culture from antiquity through the 18th century.
CE-CULTR 2008VA, 6 Thurs., Oct. 5-Nov. 9, 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-4, $150. B Levy. #83121
Classical Architecture and the Continuity of Design
An exploration of historical architectural periods from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Minoan, Mycenaean, and Greek cultures, focusing on biblical themes, the classical orders, and their influence on contemporary architecture.
CE-HIST 2024VA, 6 Tues., Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (skip 10/3), 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-2, $120. B Levy. #80199
Art Movements of the 19th Century
Explore this particularly fertile time in art history, beginning with movements such as neoclassicism and romanticism, progressing through realism and impressionism, moving to symbolism and post-impressionism, and leading to the 20th century. Artists to be discussed include David, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, and many others. The impact of political, social and technological developments will be discussed in relation to the art. Slide shows, lecture, and discussion.
CE-ART 2231, 3 Mon., Sept. 18-Oct. 2, 6:30-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $75. S Altman. #80082
Art Tours of the Metropolitan Museum
Tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an expert. Your visit will include lectures and discussion of masterpieces and lesser-known works. Our visit (including time for discussion at lunch) will offer you an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the museum’s collection. Please meet at the front entrance to the Metropolitan Museum on 5th Avenue.
CE-ART 2137VA, 1 Fri., 11:00 am-3:00 pm, $40 (+ entrance fee + lunch on your own). J Coppola.
Sec. A: Nov. 3. #80136
Sec. B: Dec. 8. #80137
Mary Cassatt in France
Join us for a compelling presentation about Mary Cassatt’s journey to becoming a professional artist in France. Share her struggles to balance family obligations with career goals as well as your instructor’s own journey in researching Cassatt’s life for her play, Girl in Blue Armchair. Includes images of Cassatt’s work and those of her contemporaries.
CE-ART 2187VA, 1 Fri., Oct. 20, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, Room TBD, $25. S Courtney. #80146
Mary Cassatt and the Impressionists at the Met
Join us for a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a guided tour of the artwork of Mary Cassatt in the American Wing and that of her fellow Impressionists Degas, Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro in European Paintings. A wonderful accompaniment to our companion class, Mary Cassatt in France (not required). Meet inside the Met at the large vase on the right facing the grand staircase. After the tour, you have the option of having lunch together at Le Pain Quotidien (1131 Madison Avenue between 84th & 85th Streets).
CE-ART 2226VA, 1 Fri., 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $25 (+ $10 payable to instructor for Met Group Tour Fee). S Courtney.
Sec. A: Oct. 27. #80144
Sec. B: Nov. 10. #80145
An Opera Experience: Part 2
A lively and informative preview presentation of Live from the Met HD performances prior to their cinema showing. Includes an exploration of the various operas’ history, librettos, arias, and highlights of the productions, as well as the cultural and social significance of the various operas.
CE-MUSIC 2076VA, 3 Mon., Sept. 18, Oct. 9 & Nov. 6, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-4, $60. J Mallory. #82843
Birth of the Beatles
Discover the individual lives of each of the Fab Four. Follow the Beatles’ rise to success while intertwining that success with the events of the 1960’s to grasp their incredible significance on the cultural changes in the U.S. and around the world.
CE-MUSIC 2064, 1 Thurs., Sept. 21, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #80241
The Music of Lennon and McCartney
Examine the genius of the songs written by the Beatles; follow the songs from their early years over time as their music grew in complexity. Stories and quotes from the Beatles themselves about how or why each song was written will be a primary source of information.
CE-MUSIC 2063, 1 Sat., Sept. 23, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #80228
The Music of George Harrison
George Harrison was known as the “Quiet Beatle,” but as years went by he established himself as a songwriter comparable to his mates. Explore George’s growth as a musician and songwriter throughout the Beatle years, along with tunes from his solo career.
CE-MUSIC 2078, 1 Sat., Sept. 30, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #80229
Music: The British Invasion
Focuses on the music created by British bands that rose to prominence in the early 1960’s. We’ll explore the groups and their songs as they rose to the top of the U.S. charts following the success of the Beatles arrival on the American music scene.
CE-MUSIC 2079VA, 1 Sat., Oct. 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #80223
Discuss the lyrics of Don McLean’s #1 hit song, American Pie. The lyrics of the song cover the musical changes in rock & roll from the 1950’s to 1970, as the American cultural landscape changed dramatically. From the optimism and conformity of the 1950’s to the cultural changes caused by the political and social changes of the 1960’s; Bye Bye Miss American Pie.
CE-MUSIC 2075, 1 Sat., Oct. 14, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $30. D Fruci. #80230
Buddhism and Christianity: A Comparison of Belief and Practice
This course will introduce students to the differences and similarities between Buddhism and Christianity. An emphasis will be placed on the doctrines, or belief systems of the two religions as well as the practices, which include rituals as well as applications.
CE-PHIL 2007VA, 5 Mon., Oct. 16-Nov. 13, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-5, $115. J Coppola. #80143