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Art, Literature & Writing

Gain a better understanding of classical literature. Study great works of art and the people who created them. Read and discuss graphic novels or Yiddish short stories. Express yourself through creative writing. Join our learning community for in depth study and discussion.

  • American Art in the Gilded Age

    American Art in the Gilded Age

    In the nineteenth century, America faced a political and social landscape similar to our own in 2017. Wealthy patrons forged an elegant aesthetic of refined beauty, decorative color and exotic delight. Yet beneath the "gilded surface" loomed political scandal, a new racial dynamic, yearnings for women's suffrage and desire for spiritual substance. We examine the art of Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, H.O.Tanner, John Singer Sargent, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read More

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  • L.A. Art Now Tour: An Insider's View to Local Art Histories, Narratives, & View

    L.A. Art Now Tour: An Insider's View to Local Art Histories, Narratives, & View

    This L.A. art historical and contemporary art overview features lectures, discussions, and visits to a few of the most vital art destinations. Our visits and excursions will help each participant open themselves up to the pleasures, and (yes!) even beauty that can be found in the best of today's art. Our adventure begins at AJU with an introductory discussion about the current Contemporary Art scene, keeping in mind Bruland's favorite motto: "Fear No Art." Each week, we'll meet a local artist or visit a gallery, studio or workshop presenting contemporary exhibitions. Past tours have included visits to The Broad, the Museum of Contemporary Art and artists' studios. We'll conclude with a discussion to celebrate our learning. Read More

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  • Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage at LACMA and Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: Conversation with Woman in Gold attorney, E. Randol Schoenberg

    Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage at LACMA and Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: Conversation with Woman in Gold attorney, E. Randol Schoenberg

    Connecting art, history and Jewish heritage, our day begins with a private guided tour of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that highlights the principal role that music and dance played in Chagall's work. The exhibit features the artist's vibrant costumes and set designs - some of which have never been exhibited since they appeared on stage. Visiting points of interest along our walk, we'll reconvene at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, for a tour and a discussion between Jewish Historical Society President Stephen Sass and attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, former President, LAMOTH, who specializes in legal matters related to the recovery of looted or stolen artwork. He was one of the principal figures in the case of Maria Altmann vs. the Austrian government and ultimately recovered her family's Klimt painting, Woman in Gold, the focus of the recent film, starring Helen Mirren as Altmann and Ryan Reynolds, who played Schoenberg. Read More

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