Visual Arts & Music Appreciation
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Art and Photography of the Civil War – American Impressionism (1860-1890)
Examine the paintings of the Civil War period by artists Frederick Church, Winslow Homer and others. The Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed. Discover the photographic work of Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and others. Post-Civil War art includes American Impressionism, a style of the late 19th-early 20th century that followed, at a distance, the stylistic and coloristic achievements of the French Impressionists.
CE-HIST 2075, 1 Wed., Feb. 13, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, KNC-3, $25. C Andersen. #13098
Strategies for Collecting Fine Art: A History & Practical Guide
Trace the emergence of the following art disciplines: print, drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Discover the history of art collecting with an emphasis on the New York area. The sessions provide a practical guide to curating a collection of fine works, including selection, placement, budget, and installation. Discuss a multitude of works in each art form, both historical works and examples of pieces available today. An insider’s guide to the appropriate galleries, art fairs, and auctions will be provided.
CE-ART 2315VA, 5 Thurs., Mar. 14-Apr. 11, 6:30-8:30 pm, AAB-412, $125. D Erdos. #13273
How to Read and Interpret a Work of Art
In this class, you will learn many different ways of looking at art and understanding it better. We will examine various media; the use of elements of art such as color, shape, texture, point of view, focal point, perspective, and many other tools to increase your comprehension and appreciation of any work of art. Many examples will be shown from the entire span of art history.
CE-ART 2261VA, 6 Wed., Mar. 27-May 1, 1:00-2:30 pm, AAB-311, $95. S Altman. #12965
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, 6 Wed., Feb. 13-Mar. 20, 11:00 am-12:15 pm, KNC-2, $75. S Altman. #12964
The Road to Modernity in Art & Architecture: 1875 to the Present
An exploration of the development of architectural style from the late 19th century through the present, evidencing the evolution into modern concerns and global views of architecture and society.
CE-CULTR 2039VA, 6 Tues., Mar. 26-May 7 (skip 4/16), 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-4, $120. B Levy. #13074
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., Apr. 5, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $25 (+ $10 payable to instructor for Met Group Tour Fee). S Courtney. #13037
The World of Picasso
Discover the work and life of Picasso in the context of the periods and places where the famous 20th century artist worked. All the major works and stylistic changes of Pablo Picasso will be shown and discussed from an art historical, aesthetic, psychological and philosophical perspective.
CE-ART 2317, 6 Fri., Feb. 8-Mar. 15, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-2, $150. J Coppola. #13436
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 the 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., Mar. 29, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-2, $25. S Courtney. #13038
Famous Women Artists
An exploration of the art, personal life, and artistic impact of six famous women artists: Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Sally Mann.
CE-ART 2296VA, 6 Wed., Feb. 20-Mar. 27, 12:00 noon–2:00 pm, KNC-4, $140. S Courtney. #13036
A Look at American Folk Music: Stephen Foster to Bob Dylan
Follow the development of American folk music from Stephen Foster to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Learn about the growth of this music genre and its effect on American society during the trials of slavery, the Great Depression, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War.
CE-MUSIC 2090, Thurs., May 16, 1:30-4:30 pm, KNC-4, $35. D Fruci. #13300
Rogers & Hammerstein’s Broadway Musicals
Examine the collaboration of Rogers and Hammerstein, from Oklahoma to The Sound of Music. Discover how the duo came to be, the music and lyrics they wrote, and the impact they had on American culture. Listen to some of the great songs that came from each Broadway play.
CE-MUSIC 2093VA, 2 Tues., Apr. 16 & 23, 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-2, $50. L Lush. #13366
Ragtime to Swingtime
Examine the origins of Jazz from 1900s to 1920s. Focus on some of the early Jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Jelly Roll Morton, and Hoagy Carmichael. Discuss the life and times of these artists, and listen to some of their best recorded works.
CE-MUSIC 2092VA, 2 Tues., Mar. 19 & 26, 1:30-3:30 pm, Room TBD, $50. L Lush. #13416
The Birth of Motown
Take an in-depth look at the rise in popularity of rhythm-n-blues in the 1950s. The cultural success of this American music led to the birth of Motown records. The music of Motown helped to integrate the music of Black artists into America’s popular music scene, while helping to break down the barriers of segregation in America.
CE-MUSIC 2089, 1 Thurs., May 9, 1:30-4:30 pm, KNC-3, $35. D Fruci. #13297
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’ histories, librettos, arias, and highlights of the productions, as well as the cultural and social significance of the various operas.
CE-MUSIC 2076VA, 3 Mon., Jan. 28, Feb. 18 & Mar. 18, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $60. J Mallory. #11729
Music as a Creative Process
How does the creation of music compare to other art forms? Learn how the setting, elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm integrate to form a musical work. Sections of famous works from different musical periods will be played in class demonstrating these critical elements.
CE-MUSIC 2091VA, 1 Mon., Apr. 8, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-2, $25. D Perkis. #13411
Singin’ & Swingin’: Adventures in Jazz, Blues and Improvisation
Learn the history of jazz and blues through singing jazz standards, creating scat solos, and composing blues tunes. Understand the intricacies of swing rhythm through singing, movement activities, and percussion instrument play. Experiment with free improvisational singing using sounds and words. Take an active, fun-filled journey into self-expression through the voice. No prior musical experience necessary.
CE-MUSIC 2084VA, 6 Tues., Mar. 5-Apr. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm, AAB-504, $145. MJ Territo. #13010