Upcoming Classes

ON ZOOM THIS WINTER, Tuesday 2/23, 3/2,3/9, 3/6 10:30-12;30

A Multicultural View of American Art

A four-session look at American art—literature, visual arts, and film—by considering works produced by members of the four main racial/ethnic communities in the United States: African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American. Focusing primarily on contemporary works, we will study form, content, and context, paying more attention to questions than answers. How do the chosen works constitute themselves as minority-produced art? Do we stick with the “by, for, about” definition? Or should these necessary conditions be modified in 21st century America? How do the works chosen for this course fit into the story of American art, of global contemporary art?   

1. Introduction, and a look at Asian American art

2. Native American art

3. Latinx art

4. African American art

Contact OLLI/CSU East Bay to enroll at (925) 602-6776  or OLLI@csueastbay.edu

ON ZOOM THIS WINTER, Tuesday 2/23, 3/2,3/9, 3/6 10:30-12;30

Women Making and Breaking Art

Despite accounting for only seven percent of the holdings of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, artworks by women in a range of media—painting and sculpture, photography, even “craft” works traditionally practiced by women—have gained acceptance and respect in the art world. Art provides a deeper, more personal layer to history; understanding women’s important contributions to cultural life is overdue, enriching, and inspiring. You’ll see that women explore the subjects that have been perennial in art: portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, mythology and religious subjects, BUT they also bring new images into art—images found in women’s lives and experiences—children, home life, marriage. And while we find women working in all the styles—all the isms—of Western art over the centuries, they ALSO have also enriched the art repertoire by bringing new materials to art, such as fabric and clay—materials once rejected as mere “craft” supplies.

1. Feb 11: Women Look at Women
Male artists have done thousands of portraits of women—a lot of them naked. Let’s see how women approach this perennial art genre.

2. Feb 18: Women Invent the World
A portrait is like looking in a mirror. A landscape is like looking out a window. Many artists, including lot of women, have looked inside themselves and depicted interior worlds-- in abstraction, in Surrealism, in spiritual forms of art. Many, we will find, are associated with the desert!

3. Feb 25: Women Behind the Lens
Ansel Adams said that while anyone can take a photograph, it’s harder to make a masterpiece in photography than any other medium. Let’s see how women do it.

4. March 4: Women as Makers
Women working in sculpture, metal, stained glass, fabric and more!

Contact OLLI Dominican to enroll at 415.458.3763, or olli@dominican.edu.

IKehinde Wiley, Alexander the Great, 2005

Artemisia Gentileschi, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, @1610

Jenny Saville, Hem, 1999

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