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Art history and museum lovers, unite! This book group will read a variety of literature focused on visual arts and the museum world. Book possibilities range from art-themed novels like Steve Martin's "An Object of Beauty" to museum curator memoirs like Marcia Tucker's "A Short Life of Trouble" to more theoretical writing like Ben Davis' "9.5 Theses on Art and Class." Any art-related topic, no matter how abstract or representational (har har), may be explored.

We meet monthly, typically on Thursday evenings.

Upcoming events (3)

September Book Discussion - the bauhaus group - part two

La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center

This month, we'll be discussing the last four chapters of "the bauhaus group" by Nicholas Fox Weber, to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the seminal Bauhaus art school. As a somewhat long book (517 pages), we're splitting the discussion into our two summer meetings. The last four chapters cover Bauhaus members husband and wife artists Josef and Anni Albers and architect Mies van der Rohe, as well as a short afterword. The pioneering Bauhaus school, located in Weimar and Dessau, existed only from 1919 to 1933, but influenced art and architecture far beyond Germany and long after its closure. This group biography, written by the longtime head of the Albers Foundation Nicholas Fox Weber, captures the spirit and flair with which these Bauhaus geniuses lived, as well as their consuming goal of making art and architecture. Anni and Josef Albers, the only husband and wife artistic pair at the Bauhaus (she a textile artist and he a professor and artist in glass, metal, wood and photography), told Weber their own stories and described life at the Bauhaus with their fellow artists and teachers. We will discuss the first three chapters of the book in our July meeting. Don't worry if you don't finish the book. Please come and share your thoughts about this area of art and the process art making and appreciation in general. The fee for the meetup is $2 per person, which covers the meetup administration costs.

October book discussion - Ninth Street Women - part one

La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center

This month, we'll be discussing Part One and Part Two of Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel. As a long book (716 pages, not counting acknowledgements and notes), we're splitting the discussion into our two fall meetings. This book, subtitled "Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art", tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping postwar America and beyond. Set amid the turbulent social and political period of mid century America, this book tells an impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male dominated world of abstract expressionist art - not as muses, but as artists. This group biography was written by Mary Gabriel, author of biographies of Karl and Jenny Marx and Victoria Woodhull and also a Reuters editor for two decades. We will discuss the last half of this book at our December meeting. Don't worry if you don't finish the book. Please come and share your thoughts about this area of art and the process art making and appreciation in general. The fee for the meetup is $2 per person, which covers the meetup administration costs.

December book discussion - Ninth Street Women - part two

La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center

This month, we'll be discussing Part Three and Part Four of Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel. As a long book (716 pages, not counting acknowledgements and notes), we're splitting the discussion into our two fall meetings. This book, subtitled "Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art", tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping postwar America and beyond. Set amid the turbulent social and political period of mid century America, this book tells an impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male dominated world of abstract expressionist art - not as muses, but as artists. This group biography was written by Mary Gabriel, author of biographies of Karl and Jenny Marx and Victoria Woodhull and also a Reuters editor for two decades. We will discuss the first half of this book at our October meeting. Don't worry if you don't finish the book. Please come and share your thoughts about this area of art and the process art making and appreciation in general. The fee for the meetup is $2 per person, which covers the meetup administration costs.

Past events (55)

July Book Discussion - the bauhaus group - part one

La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center

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