Culture & The Arts
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NEW! Art Stars of the Baroque Era
This series of lectures will explore the rich and beautiful Baroque era of the 17th century and the many influential artists that emerged from it. We’ll examine in depth several artists who were emblematic of their time and place: Vermeer of Holland, Caravaggio of Italy, Velasquez of Spain, Van Dyck of England, Rubens of Flanders, and Poussin of France. Also covered will be their contemporaries and the political, social, and artistic climate of the times in each of these countries.
CE-ART 2237, 3 Wed., May 31-June 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $65. S Altman. #6106
NEW! Must-See Treasures of the Great NYC Museums
Through slides and lecture, we’ll explore the most important and influential works among so many. The first class, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will show and discuss masterpieces from ancient times to the 20th century from their incomparable holdings. Then, the Museum of Modern Art, where we’ll view the most important works of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the influential masters that put NYC in the forefront of the art world. Finally, in Other Great Museums of New York, we’ll explore the smaller and lesser known gems of the NY museum scene such as the Frick, the Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum, and others.
CE-ART 2239, 3 Mon., June 5-19, 4:00-5:00 pm, KNC-3, $45. S Altman. #6041
NEW! Sight and Sound: The Integration of Montage and Music in Films
Having motion pictures be accompanied by music has been a tradition since the silent film era when pianos and organs were commonplace in theaters. Who can imagine Gone With the Wind without Max Steiner’s “Tara’s Theme” or the conclusion of The Natural without Randy Newman’s uplifting score? Examine how great directors such as Steven Spielberg, David Lean, and William Wyler teamed with outstanding music composers like John Williams, Maurice Jarre, and Dmitri Tiomkin to make filmgoers laugh, cry, or feel fear or suspense
CE-FILM 2035VA, 1 Wed., July 12, 11:30 am-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $30. R Knox. #6053
NEW! Revisiting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel
This retrospective will give us an opportunity to explore the origins of one of the great Broadway productions of the 20th century dating back to Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom, its transformation into a musical starring newcomers John Raitt and Jan Clayton, and the controversy surrounding the casting of the 1956 film version.
CE-FILM 2036VA, 1 Wed., July 26, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, KNC-3, $30. R Knox. #6060
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
Paris: City of Light
Paris is a city that can inspire thoughts of history, art, famous writers, fine food, good wine and romance. Gain an overview of the city’s history along with an in-depth look at the sites that will make any journey to Paris magnifique!
CE-CULTR 2026, 2 Sat., June 10 & 17, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, KNC-5, $70. D Fruci. #6031
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, as well as her residences in France and the present-day Cassatt family in Maine.
CE-ART 2187VA, 1 Fri., July 21, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $25. S Courtney. #5335
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