This group brings together people who are interested in the arts but who don’t insist on seeing everything through the lens of politics.
A typical meeting will consist of a 45-50 min. presentation pitched roughly at the level of a college intro class, followed by Q&A and discussion, followed by socializing, for a total of up to three hours. (You may leave whenever you wish!)
With each topic, we will spend some time talking about ideas and history. We won’t, however, assume that everybody shares the same political beliefs. Some works of art do indeed have a political dimension, and when that is the case we will address it. But we will avoid judging literature, painting, film, etc. in terms of how well it serves a partisan agenda.
Film Noir Literature of World War I Theater Behind the Scenes Outsider Art The Cult of Shakespeare “Abstraction” in Painting Monstrosities of Post-Modern Architecture Ghost Stories Screwball Comedy Romanticism in the Arts
"Dark" American movies of the 1940s and beyond
PowerPoint presentation by Steven Leo
What to expect?
• General info: definition (or attempt at such), background, overview
• Commentary that may at times question the conventional wisdom
• Flashes of humor
5:30-6:00 pm people arrive
7:00-8:00 dining & conversation
Please consider staying to eat with the group. You can order from a Southdale Center restaurant and have them deliver at 7:00, or bring your own food & drink. No alcohol.