Category archives for: Lectures

Spirals, Mildew, and Transautomatism

Blobs Grow Beloved Gardens

By Béa Aaronson Painter, architect, philosopher, environmentalist Hundertwasser is a one-of-a-kind artist. He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines “the devil’s tools.” He loved uneven paved streets, uneven irregular floors, saying that they were “a melody to the feet.” He would have loved San Miguel! He marveled at mosses and mildew, organic growth [...]

Jean Cocteau: The Elusive Dandy of Modern Art


By Béa Aaronson “The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.” (Jean Cocteau from Le rappel à l’ordre 1926.) Lecture Jean Cocteau Wed, Jun 3, 4:30 and 6:30pm La Ostra Roja Casa Verde annex San Jorge 45 Colonia San Antonio 130 pesos per person 121 1026, 152 3730 French [...]

An Introduction to the Three-fold Commonwealth

By Robert Stewart Clearly, the last century was a disaster in terms of peace, both globally and locally. Tragically, this century is not looking any better. Poverty, racial and gender inequality, homelessness, hunger, climate change, crime, and genocidal wars have only increased in magnitude. Obviously our thinking has not come to terms with “the reality [...]

When Nature, Science, Technology, and Art Meet

LIT BEA Marvin Colourful fish

By Béa Aaronson What is color? Where does color come from? For the scientific mind, we must go back to Isaac Newton’s Roy g biv (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo)! But for the artists? Today we press on a tube and premixed color oozes out, ready to use. Do you have an idea of [...]

Freedom and the Role of Evil

LECT Casa Europa

By Robert Stewart “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers in the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Paul, Ephesians 6:12. Lecture Freedom and the Role of Evil Thu, May 28, 7:30-9pm Casa de Europa San Francisco 23 154 9799 Free There are [...]

The Art of the Crucifixion

LECT cruxifixion

By Camie Sands The new lecture series, “Art: Works⎯Insights by Art Historians,” will launch Monday, March 23, with “The Art of the Crucifixion.” This is the first public opportunity to hear noted lecturer and art historian Kahren Jones Arbitman discuss the artistic evolution of this universally recognized symbol. Lecture “The Art of the Crucifixion” By [...]

Photographic Tertulia XVIII

LECT FOTO Santiago Sierra

By Flor Acosta We are starting a new chapter of Photographic Tertulias. After a year and a half during which we consulted with photographers who were sharing their creative and professional processes, the purpose of these talks has changed. Now the Photographic Tertulia is more involved in seeing, observing, and understanding the photographic image and [...]

El Emperador Maximiliano, su vida, sus ideales y misterios


Por Amado Peniche García En virtud de la gran aceptación, y el entusiasmo mostrado por los mexicanos y extranjeros que asistieron, el pasado 21 de febrero, a la primera Tertulia organizada por la Escuela de Arte del Instituto Allende, la institución ha emitido su programa para los próximos meses. Tertulias Sanmiguelenses “El Emperador Maximiliano” Sáb, [...]

Jules Pascin: The Last Bohemian Prince

Young Girl Sitting 1922 mother of pearl series

By Bea Aaronson “No other artist, with the exception of Picasso, has drawn with as much passion and diabolical brilliance.” —George Waldemar Also known as the king of three mounts—Montmartre, Montparnasse, and Mount Venus—Julius Mordecai Pincas (also known as Jules Pascin, the Wandering Jew artist), was born in Vidin, Bulgaria, in 1885. His father, a [...]

Melancholia: The Dark Side of Genius, Metamorphoses of the Artistic Temperament

Munch, Melancholia 1891

By Bea Aaronson Melancholia is not an emotion. It is a mood that may lead to emotional disorders. But these emotional disorders are the fertile humus from which artists, poets, writers, and musicians draw their creative power. Usually defined as an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile, characterized by either a pensive [...]

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