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Ameadeo Modigliani reputedly announced proudly, “I am a Jew,” when introducing himself.  This talk will take as its theme Modigliani Unmasked, running from September 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018, at the Jewish Museum.  The artist arrived in Paris in 1906, along with many other emigres, when that city was still in turmoil after the Dreyfus Affair.  The lecture will explore how his Jewish identity, the recent political scandal, and the influences of other art affected this master as he sought to establish his own unique style.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 10/19/2017, ending 10/19/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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The artist Frederic Remington (1861–1909) — chronicler par excellence of the American West — has long been celebrated for his achievements as an illustrator, a painter, a sculptor, and a writer.  Running from July 3, 2017, to January 2, 2018, the exhibition presents the artist’s legacy through some 20 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and illustrated books from the late 1880s until his death.  His insightful depictions of trappers, Native Americans, cavalry, scouts, and, above all, his archetypal cowboys are some of the most iconic images of the Old West.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 10/25/2017, ending 10/25/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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This art lecture shines a spotlight on immigration and politics in studying the new multi-site public art exhibit by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei.  Inspired by the international migration crisis and tense sociopolitical battles surrounding the issue in the United States, Weiwei transforms the metal wire security fence into a powerful artistic symbol. Weiwei’s fences, installed at various locations across the city, draw attention to the role of the fence as both a physical manifestation and metaphorical expression of division.  The lecture will also introduce the artist's background and some of the many other compelling public works he has created throughout the world to encourage social awareness and dialogue.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 10/25/2017, ending 10/25/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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The artist Frederic Remington (1861–1909) — chronicler par excellence of the American West — has long been celebrated for his achievements as an illustrator, a painter, a sculptor, and a writer.  Running from July 3, 2017, to January 2, 2018, the exhibition presents the artist’s legacy through some 20 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and illustrated books from the late 1880s until his death.  His insightful depictions of trappers, Native Americans, cavalry, scouts, and, above all, his archetypal cowboys are some of the most iconic images of the Old West.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 10/27/2017, ending 10/27/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Metropolitan Museum of Art Location : 
  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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Nicknamed Il Divino (the divine one) by his contemporaries on account of his mastery of drawing design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, Michelangelo is the subject of an expansive exhibit at the Met, running from November 13, 2017 to February 12, 2018. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.  This exhibition will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: approximately 150 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, an early painting, and a wood architectural model along with a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context.  Please note: the Met will not be allowing any guided tours of this exhibit.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 11/15/2017, ending 11/15/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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The Frick Collection will exhibit Murillo: The Self-Portraits, from November 1, 2017, to February 4, 2018, and Zurbarán Masterpieces on Loan from Auckland Castle, from January 31 to April 22, 2018,  Murillo produced a number of religious paintings but he also demonstrated a keen eye for painting enchanting images of children and portraits.  Zurburán took as his own the dramatic chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and, like the Italian master, frequently used everyday people as models for his religious paintings.  The exploration of these two artists from the Golden Age of Spanish painting will set the stage for a visit to the Frick or, for those preferring to stay home, an "armchair" enjoyment of their talents.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 11/16/2017, ending 11/16/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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Nicknamed Il Divino (the divine one) by his contemporaries on account of his mastery of drawing design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, Michelangelo is the subject of an expansive exhibit at the Met, running from November 13, 2017 to February 12, 2018. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.  This exhibition will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: approximately 150 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, an early painting, and a wood architectural model along with a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context.  Please note: the Met will not be allowing any guided tours of this exhibit.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 11/29/2017, ending 11/29/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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This lecture will cover the evolution of photography from the early daguerreotype to the rise of digital photography, and how photography came to be recognized as a fine art and not solely a scientific breakthrough.  We will be introduced to  major domestic and international artists from the nineteenth century to today and evaluate how their groundbreaking works played a critical role within the timeline of art history.  Some of the masters covered will include Edward Muybridge, Eugene Atget, F. Holland Day, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Cindy Sherman, Robert Frank, Helmut Newton, Alex Prager and more.   The unprecedented appreciation today for the medium is reflected in personal and museum collections, the plethora of exhibitions and fairs dedicated to photography and auction record results.  Finally, we will discuss the role of artists today working in this medium during a time when we are constantly flooded with images and everyone seems to be a photographer.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 12/6/2017, ending 12/6/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Ronnit Vasserman 



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Coinciding with David Hockney’s 80th birthday, this exhibition, running from November 27, 2017 to February 25, 2018 will present iconic works and key moments of his career from 1960 to the present.  With equal measures of wit and intelligence, Hockney’s art has examined how movement, space, and time can be captured in two dimensions. From his early adaptations of high-modernist abstraction, through plays with illusion and realism, to recent work in multi-screen videos, the key theme of his sustained investigation of the nature of looking will run throughout the retrospective.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 12/6/2017, ending 12/6/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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