All of our classes allow you to learn directly from original art and architectural objects. Each class includes close looking, lecture, and discussion.
Friday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Rodin at the MET: Auguste Rodin was initially rejected from the École de Beaux-Arts, which turned out to be a great thing for art history. This enabled him to think outside the box and generate new types of artistic expression. To celebrate the centennial of Rodin’s death, the MET has brought all of its Rodin holdings together in an illuminating exhibition. Clay models demonstrate Rodin’s ability to capture figures in motion; plaster casts display his willingness to reproduce and reconfigure his own works; and paintings by others prove his connections to the Impressionists and Realists. Together, we will see how Rodin revolutionized–and modernized–the field of sculpture.
Saturday, December 2: 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Contemporary China at the Guggenheim: This unmissable exhibition will showcase the most important art to come out of China between 1989 (the end of the Cold War) and 2008 (the Beijing olympics). Organized thematically, the show deals with themes of experimentation, globalization, democracy, and utopianism, offering viewers a deeper understanding of the ways in which China’s art world dovetails with international politics.
Friday, December 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: David Hockney at the MET: David Hockney turns 80 this year, and the MET is honoring him with a huge retrospective. The show will examine Hockney as a realist painter, a gay man dealing with themes of difference, and a traditionalist now experimenting with iPad drawings. Overall, we will see how Hockney has much more depth than his iconic pool paintings.
4 Mondays beginning November 13 : Art and Science at MoMA!: I will be teaching a 4-session course at MoMA beginning in November. The course is called “Art and Science: What Happens When We Look?” Together, we will discover, how the viewer works with the artist to fill in perceptual and emotional gaps, thus completing the work of art. The art historian Alois Riegl termed this collaborative effort the “beholders share.” Using that as a backdrop, we will examine key intersections between art, science, and neuroscience from the late 19th century through the present. We will begin with optics and color theory, then examine the types of mental processing we do while viewing abstract art, and finally, we will look at how specific scientific inventions—photography, X-rays, new synthetic materials—have impacted artists and their innovative processes. Learn more and register on MoMA’s website here!
Cost and Registration: Each class costs $50/person or $40/person if you are under 30. All prices include museum admission (when applicable).
To reserve a spot, please email: Lauren@laurenakaplan.com or click on the button above. Our classes also make excellent and inspiring gifts!
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