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Too often in the annals of art, women have been on the canvas-but not behind the brush. But some enterprising women have defied the odds to produce great works of art and become innovators in their fields.  Join us on this unprecedented tour through four centuries of women’s contributions to Western art, as presented by Professor Amanda Vickery in this 2014 BBC documentary.  This program will run for two weeks.  Each session’s film will be followed by a presentation of the history of women in art.      

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 3/28/2017, ending 4/4/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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A guided visit to 101 Spring Street offers visitors direct engagement with Donald Judd’s minimalist twentieth century art and vision. Judd’s formerly private living and working space provides firsthand experience of Judd’s concept of permanent installation in downtown New York.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; starting 3/29/2017, ending 3/29/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Donald Judd Home Location : 
  Donald Judd Home.

Instructor : N.A. 



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From January 20 through May 14, 2017, the Morgan Library exhibit, Delirium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, explores the creative encounters between authors and artists of the symbolist movement, a revolt against naturalism, with an emphasis on allusion and self-expression.  This lecture will enhance the viewing of "delirium" artists from the proto-surrealist art of Odilon Redon to the post-impressionist decorative style of Maurice Denis and the floral celebration of Henri Fantin-Latour.  These late nineteenth century symbolists delight and amaze with the innovative imagery of their paintings.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 4/6/2017, ending 4/6/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lynne Mayocole 



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There is a long tradition in Cuba of connection between the Arts and Activism. In this lecture we will explore Cuban Modernism as one expression of Cuban identity before the 1959 Revolution, as well as the arts closely associated with the Revolution. Finally, we will see how the unique arts of Cuba reflect an engaged and active community of artists through to today.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM; starting 4/6/2017, ending 4/6/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Bronxville Public Library Location : 
  Bronxville Public Library.

Instructor : Jerrilynn  Dodds 



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From acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin, this 1990 television documentary is narrated by Bill Moyers as he tours the Renaissance legacy of Florence seeking sources of our common artistic, architectural and cultural heritage.  Guided by historians, Florentine citizens, and interviews with novelist Umberto Eco and filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, Moyers explores the roots of key contemporary ideas, like the preeminence of the individual, which was so essential to the Renaissance.  This film will be followed by a presentation on the important painters of the Early Italian Renaissance, including master Masaccio, whose works, featured in the film, became known as the “school of the world.”  Attention will also be paid to other important contemporaneous painters.          

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 4/18/2017, ending 4/18/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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This major retrospective exhibition of the photographs of Irving Penn (1917-2009) marks the centennial of the artist’s birth and features a landmark promised gift to the Met from the Irving Penn Foundation of over 150 photographs along with selections from the Met’s own collection, representing every period of the great American artist’s dynamic 70-year career with the camera.  Included will be iconic fashion studies of his wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Quechua children in Cuzco, Peru, tribesmen in New Guinea, color flower studies, nudes, portraits of urban laborers, still lifes, and the artist's beloved studio portraits of cultural figures.  Register separately for either the in-town lecture, the guided tour at the Met on Fifth Avenue, or both.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 4/19/2017, ending 4/19/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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From 1887 to 1888, Georges Seurat painted Circus Sideshow, the focal point of a new exhibit at the Met Fifth Avenue.  He died 3 years later, at the age of 31.  In his all too brief career, he developed a new way of painting based on divisionism, commonly called pointillism.  This lecture will focus on the works of Seurat, those of his artists’ circle, and those he influenced.  At the end of the class, learn of the surprise development that occurred after Searat’s death.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 4/20/2017, ending 4/20/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lynne Mayocole 



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Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as the most revolutionary artist of the twentieth century.  This examination of his work is conducted by his friend and biographer, John Richardson, in this British Channel 4 documentary series from 2001.  Contributors to the film include Picasso’s descendants and a number of authorities on the artist — as well as the great modern master himself.  Each session will be followed by a presentation on Picasso, designed to separate the facts from the fictions — and shed light on the Picasso legend.        

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/25/2017, ending 5/2/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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This guided tour includes a visit to the Studio Museum which focuses on Contemporary art by artists of African descent.  We will also stop into several galleries within a few blocks of the museum.  As we stroll to our destinations, we will be passing iconic buildings, beautiful brownstones and animated street art.  Remember to bring your walking shoes.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 4/25/2017, ending 4/25/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : Ronnit Vasserman 



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From The Museum of Modern Art's founding by three pioneering women in 1929 to the disruptions and interventions of the 1960s and 1970s by women artists drawing attention to their own lack of representation in the Museum, to contemporary work by women of the post-feminist generation, the history of women at MoMA is inextricable from the history of the institution.  Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, was a groundbreaking examination of the museum's collection, looking at work over the course of this history, by the modern and contemporary women artists whose diversity of practices and contributions to the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century have been enormous, if often overlooked.  This class will introduce and discuss the work of many of these laudable artists, who are only now, with the Modern Women exhibition and the book that accompanied it in 2010, receiving the recognition they deserve.  Since then, the museum has exhibited many more works by these important artists, praised for creating art that often addresses "gender and the production of meaning in art, both absolutely necessary for a more complex understanding of the art of our time."  An overview of current and upcoming MoMA exhibitions that include these formidable women artists will be discussed.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 4/26/2017, ending 4/26/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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Hudson River School painters, such as Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand and Jasper Francis Cropsey, celebrated America in paintings that combined heroic grandeur with detailed realism.  The luminists, including Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett and Martin Johnson Heade, often turned away from the panoramic views and specific sites of the Hudson River School.  Instead, they shared a sensitivity to the tranquility of light in their paintings.  Both visions of these nineteenth century landscape artists offered a romantic look at a still new country, a nostalgic reminder of yesterday's optimism.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 4/27/2017, ending 4/27/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lynne Mayocole 



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In the exhilarating decade of the 1920s, American patronage and creativity emerged on the world stage of design and decoration.  The Jazz Age, running at Cooper Hewitt from April 7 through August 20, 2017, will focus on American tastes during the period, with the United States as consumer and originator, while considering Eastern and Western European influences to define an emerging language of modern design.  The exhibition will examine the strong connections between France, primarily for luxury, and Austria with the United States, as talent and craftsmanship, urbanity and experimentation, including in the world of jazz and cinema, flowed back and forth across the Atlantic.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM; starting 4/28/2017, ending 4/28/2017

Tuition: $35.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 



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