Ephraim Rubenstein: The Literature of Art — Looking at Art Through the Words of Great Writers
Midori Yamamura: Modern and Contemporary Art — A Brief History and New Strategies
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Ephraim Rubenstein: The Literature of Art
Looking at Art Through the Words of Great Writers
Dates and Readings Below
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
November 7,14, 21
Thursdays, 4:45 pm–6:30 pm
Fee: $298 for series
Limited to 25 students
Please request reading list upon registration
Is there such a thing as an artistic personality? To what extent and in what ways can art be taught? Is there a relationship between art-making and mental illness? And why do so many artists allude to suffering?
In his "Literature of Art" seminar, League instructor Ephraim Rubenstein addresses these and other questions by guiding students through prominent writings about the visual arts. Rubenstein is both a stunning realist painter and a provocative, award-winning teacher.
The seminar, which meets on ten Thursdays in the late afternoon, brings together students and artists from different disciplines, approaches, and walks of life to read and talk about essential questions in the visual arts. The class will examine selected landmarks of theory, criticism, connoisseurship and the writings of artists themselves. Wherever possible, it is important to read the recommended edition. Selections change from edition to edition, as do translations, and having a consistent pagination makes discussions much easier.
*Students should come to the first session on September 12 having read Van Gogh’s, Letters.
Wherever possible, it is important to read the recommended edition. Selections change from edition to edition, as do translations, and having a consistent pagination makes discussions much easier.
Class Dates and Readings
September 12: Van Gogh, Letters, Mark Roskill, editor
September 26: Kenneth Clark, The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form
October 10: Wolfflin, Principles of Art History
October 24: C.R. Leslie, Memoirs of the Life of John Constable
November 7: Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
November 14: Whistler, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
November 21: Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word
December 5: John Updike, Seek My Face
December 12: Student Presentations
December 19: Student Presentations
About the Instructor
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts. Mr. Rubenstein has had ten one-person exhibitions in New York: at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.
Modern and Contemporary Art: A Brief History and New Strategies
Thursdays September 26 through October 24, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $130 for series
Limited to 25 Students
This introductory course will chronologically introduce the key movements and methods in twentieth and twenty-first century art. The class will also focus on some new methodological approaches, such as use of sound, animation, and performance art that have been lately getting curatorial attentions. One class will meet at the Museum of Modern Art, visit the Museum`s permanent collection and “Soundings” exhibition.
||Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, Outdoor Installation
and Performance at the 1966 Venice Biennale
About Dr. Yamamura
Midori Yamamura, Ph.D., is an independent curator and a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art. She is currently teaching at The City University of New York, and has lectured at the New York Public Library, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Whitney Museum, Doshisha University, and Nam June Paik Art Center.
Her dissertation was a pioneering study of the Japanese-born female artist Yayoi Kusama. Among various distinctions, Yamamura has been the recipient of Predoctoral Fellowships from the Smithsonian American Museum Terra Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Her co-curated, “War Is for the Living” (Feb.-Mar. 2013), was selected by NYART BEAT as one of the most popular exhibitions and reviewed by Holland Cotter in The New York Times. Yamamura`s writings have appeared in Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. She is currently completing a book manuscript on post-World War II transnational artists.