Category archives for: Lectures

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas: a life is a life is a life…

Alice and Gertrude

By Stephen Eaker The life that is the life of the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas is a story of two lives as one and one life as two: an artist and a muse, a couple, a love and a bond that lasted for almost 40 years until Gertrude’s death in 1946 from intestinal [...]

Kees Van Dongen: The fashionable Fauve


By Béa Aaronson The great Dutch painter Kees Van Dongen was born in 1877 with a rebellious nature and possessed by a desire to enjoy all of life’s pleasures. He was one of the greatest colorists of the 20th century and his paintings were hung alongside Matisse and the rest of the Fauves, (the wild [...]

Wassily Kandinsky: the visionary language of abstraction

improvisation gorge

By Béa Aaronson “The more frightening the world becomes… the more art becomes abstract.” “In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration.” (Wassily Kandinsky) From Moscow where he was born in 1866, to Paris, where he died in 1944, via Venice, Rome, Munich, [...]

Kiki the queen of Montparnasse

Kiki by Moise Kisling

By Stephen Eaker She would tell the most dirty, racy jokes and stories at the café tables but was never offensive to anyone sitting around her. Her high-pitched laughter was legendary. She would flash her breasts to men for three francs but was never a prostitute. Who was this outspoken and vivacious woman? Man Ray, [...]

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The court painter of the Moulin Rouge

Au Moulin Rouge

By Stephen Eaker Born into an aristocratic and wealthy family, Toulouse-Lautrec would become one of the greatest post-impressionist painters and a powerful force and influence for future artists such as Picasso and Modigliani. Lecture “Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The Court Painter of the Moulin Rouge” Wed, Apr 23, 4:30pm and 6:30pm La Ostra Roja A Casa [...]

Bohèmes: Myth, art and reality

George de La Tour the fortune teller 1630

By Béa Aaronson You’ve all heard of la vie bohème! Maybe through Puccini’s opera La Bohème, or maybe through reading Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Balzac and Zola! The artistic anti-bourgeois way of life, making love amidst canvases, colors and brushes, wine-stained music scores and poems on the floor, happy in a cold attic room, with a meager [...]

Jacqueline Roque: Picasso’s final love and last muse

Jacqueline sitting with her cat 1964

By Béa Aaronson Of all the major women in Picasso’s life, Jacqueline Roque is the last one. Her story still remains obscure. She was his last love, more dismissed and hated than any of Picasso’s other conquests. Lecture “Jacqueline Roque: Picasso’s final love and last muse” Wed, Apr 2, 4:30 and 6:30pm La Ostra Roja [...]

Fractals: organic sacred geometry in life, nature and art

Georges-Mathieu La Fureur D'étre

By Bea Aaronson Everything is linked…Ever wondered what is at the core of it all? What links the universe, us, DNA, a broccoli, a Baobab, lightning, blood vessels, nervous system, brains, corals, cabbages, desert cracked soil, elephant skin, mountain ranges, paper folds, a leaf, a wave, a snow flake, a flower? Ever wondered about the [...]

Theater talk

By Lou Christine Two separate lectures pertaining to aspects of theater will take place next week — Monday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 19, at the Shelter Theater, Vicente Guererro 4, colonia San Raphael at 7pm. Lecture “Stage Management” By Bob Webb Mon, Mar 17, 7pm Shelter Theater Vicente Guerrero 4 Col. San Rafael 50 [...]

Love, sex and deceptions: Zeus’s philandering, Greek mythology in the visual arts

The Rape of Europa Rubens 1630

By Bea Aaronson After a substantial introduction on Greek mythology, linking the expertise of Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade to my own perception of these ancient times, when magic and religious beliefs were entangled in a fantastic web of stories meant to tame the unknown, I shall focus on the love affairs of Zeus, the [...]

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