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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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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 

Call 914-723-2325 to register


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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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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 - Fri 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 4/28/2017, ending 4/28/2017

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Page Knox 

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This lecture will focus on prominent Israeli artists that work in video and photography, including Ori Gersht, Adi Nes, Sigalit Landau, Michal Rovner, Ronen Sharabani, Yael Bartana and Omer Fast.  These two mediums are prevalent among Israeli artists because they are easily transported in a geographically isolated country and provide an avenue for artists to document and respond to the political situation.  All the artists to be examined in this lecture have had exhibitions in many prestigious museums around the world and have exhibited in the most prestigious fairs and Biennials.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 5/3/2017, ending 5/3/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Ronnit Vasserman 



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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, MoMA will present a major exhibition from June 12 to October 1, 2017, comprising approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s.  The museum preview will provide background and insights about this prolific architect, his avant-garde experimentation, and approaches to nature, urban planning, and social politics.  The lecture prepares students for viewing the exhibit’s extraordinary architectural drawings, models, building fragments, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/3/2017, ending 5/3/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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Experienced artist and guide Lynne Mayocole will lead students around the hottest art shows this spring.  The details will be determined close to the date of the tour but galleries under consideration include those in lower Manhattan, Chelsea, or the Lower East Side.  The final selection will depend on what shows offer the most impressive work at the time.  Sign up and stay tuned!  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 5/4/2017, ending 5/4/2017

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Lynne Mayocole 



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Jasper Cropsey, 1823-1900, was a member of the Hudson River School and one one of America's finest nineteenth-century landscape artists.  His home, Ever Rest, located in Hastings-on-the-Hudson is included on the National Register of Historic Places in New York.  Also on the property is the Gallery of Art, which houses a permanent collection of Cropsey's works.  Our visit will consist of a guided tour of Ever Rest and the permanant collection in the Gallery of Art.  Currently on exhibit, until June 6, is Jasper Francis Cropsey - Reminiscenes of a Life.  The show highlights works that have not been publically displayed, including works that are not often attributed to Cropsey such as small still life paintings and scenes of New York City.  Students can remain on site after the guided tours to view this exhibit on their own. 

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 5/5/2017, ending 5/5/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Ever Rest Location : 
  Ever Rest.

Instructor : N.A. 



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The Great Masters is an informative and entertaining series on the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest artists — filmed throughout Europe.  This program will focus on the great Umbrian Early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca, the Late Renaissance painter Tintoretto, and the proto-Baroque master Caravaggio.  The program will be followed by a presentation on some of the major contributions of these three artists, each of whom helped to shape their own eras.          

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 5/9/2017, ending 5/9/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Culinary historian and lecturer Alexandra Leaf shares some of the lesser-known aspects of Van Gogh’s oeuvre, his works that relate to food and dining.  The class will focus on Van Gogh’s still lifes of fruits and vegetables, sketches done on restaurant menus, paintings of Provencal vineyards, olive groves, flowering fruit orchards, and restaurant interiors of establishments he frequented in Paris, Provence, and Auvers.  Beginning with works on paper from the start of Van Gogh’s career in Holland in 1880, Leaf leads her audience on a journey of the senses through the artist’s Paris period (1886-1888), his sojourn in the south of France (1888-1890) and finally through the last phase of his life (May-July 1890) in Auvers.  Tea and conversation follow the lecture portion of the program.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 5/10/2017, ending 5/10/2017

Tuition: $30.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Alexandra Leaf 



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From an early age, Queen Victoria’s artistic talents showed royal promise and she continued to enjoy painting in watercolor throughout her long reign.  This lecture follows her artistic progress and the many charming subjects she painted, including her royal family and the scenery of the Scottish Highlands.  She was also an enthusiastic patron of important Victorian artists and photographers whose works are fascinating records of royal taste.  We will look at the works and backgrounds of three of those favored artists: one who gave art lessons to the Queen and Prince Albert and who painted many images of her royal residences; W.P. Frith who commemorated royal celebrations and whose painterly advice much impressed Prince Albert; and Sir Edwin Landseer, renowned for his portrayals of royal pets as well as the famous image of Queen Victoria on her pony at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, which was exhibited in 1867.  The painting showed her faithful Scottish servant John Brown in such a close proximity to the monarch that it shocked the rigid royal protocols and etiquette of Victoria’s court and continues to intrigue us today.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 5/12/2017, ending 5/12/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lorella Brocklesby 



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French photographer Joséphine Douet envisions American painter Andrew Wyeth’s world in this exhibit of Douet’s photographs.  Inspired by the same rural Pennsylvania landscapes and people that were the subject of Wyeth’s artwork, Douet traveled to Wyeth’s hometown of Chadds Ford, to photograph scenes for this project.  Douet has selected twelve of the painter's drawings and watercolors to pair with her photographs in the Wyeth Wonderland series.  Some of these comparisons are direct, as in a portrait of the same sitter, years later.  With others, she was drawn to an aesthetic synergy she felt when looking at Wyeth’s and her images together.  She spoke to some of the people who had known Wyeth, as she sought the secret of his sensibility:  Join us for a tour of this special exhibit as well as the museum’s permanent collection.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 5/12/2017, ending 5/12/2017

Tuition: $30.00

Location : Hudson River Museum Location : 
  Hudson River Museum.

Instructor : N.A. 



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