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Georgia O’Keeffe: The Mother of American Modernism – Instructor: Dr. Jill Kiefer

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Mother of American Modernism – Instructor: Dr. Jill Kiefer

Georgia O’Keeffe played a pivotal role in the development of American modernism and its relationship to European avant-garde movements of the early-20th century. Producing a substantial body of work over seven decades, she sought to capture the emotion and power of objects through abstracting the natural world. O’Keeffe incorporated the techniques of other artists into her work and was especially influenced by photographer Paul Strand and painter Arthur Dove. However, her art is uniquely her own, and she always danced to her own tune. Join us to learn more about this fascinating artist and woman.

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Six Sessions: Saturdays, 10/2 – 11/6 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Kandinsky: A Transcendent Experience – Instructor: Dr. Jill Kiefer

Kandinsky: A Transcendent Experience – Instructor: Dr. Jill Kiefer

One of the pioneers of abstract modern art, Wassily Kandinsky exploited the evocative interrelation between color and form to create an aesthetic experience that engaged the sight, sound, and emotions of the public. He believed that total abstraction offered the possibility for profound, transcendental expression. Kandinsky’s visual vocabulary developed from early representational works to rapturous and operatic compositions, and then to geometric and biomorphic flat planes of color. Join us to explore the contributions of this highly significant contributor to modernism.

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Six Sessions: Tuesdays, 9/28 – 11/2 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

 

Michelangelo: The First Modern Artist? (Online Course)

Michelangelo: The First Modern Artist? (Online Course)

Michelangelo is one of art history’s earliest true “characters” and his influence on art continues to be unparalleled. Everybody knows his name. But how much do you really know about him? He was a polymath genius who is widely regarded to be one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. Often temper driven, fickle, and difficult—he nevertheless found lifelong support by the era’s most renowned patrons and produced some of the world’s most iconic masterpieces. More recently, discoveries of his work now place him at the forefront of modern art! Take this class to find out why—and to go far beyond what you think you know about Michelangelo. He was a highly complex individual, with a fascinating history, and an artistry that sets him apart from all others.

Join us at Bethany Arts Community for this fascinating 6-week art history Online Course lead by Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.
Six Sessions – Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, April 10th – May 15th

 

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Matisse: A World of Colors and Patterns (Online Course)

Matisse: A World of Colors and Patterns (Online Course)

Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century and as a rival to Pablo Picasso in the importance of his innovations. He first achieved prominence as the leader of the French movement Fauvism—but his long career would take him in many different directions. Matisse sought to use color as the foundation for expressive, decorative, and often monumental paintings. He also made significant contributions to collage and sculpture. “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity…” Did he achieve it? Take this class to find out!


Join us at Bethany Arts Community for this fascinating 6-week art history Online Course lead by Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.
Six Sessions – Tuesdays – 10:00 – 11:00 AM – April 6th – May 11th, 2021.

 

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Artist in Residence: Santina Amato Artist Talk

Artist in Residence: Santina Amato Artist Talk

Artist Talk via Facebook LIVE:
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Santina Amato,
sculptor and painter, will share her process for making ephemeral sculptures that decompose overtime. While at Bethany she is designing sculptures that will exist in the gardens of Bethany before decomposing. 

While in residency at Bethany, Santina is looking forward to being able to create her ephemeral nature sculptures using a new method of cotton soaked in beeswax. Designed to decompose in the environment, Santina will capture the decomposition over the residency in photographs.

About the Artist
Santina Amato incorporates video, sculpture, installation, painting and photography to explore the notion of the intimate body, especially the female body. Her practice and is deeply rooted in attempting to translate the complexities of her own female sexuality, desire and erotica. Amato was born in Australia to Italian immigrants, and has lived and worked in the USA since 2010. She received an MFA (Photography) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Australian Council for the Arts. Exhibitions and screenings include The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Here Arts Center, NYC, Governors Island Art Fair, NYC and Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI. Amato has held positions as Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at MOCA Tucson supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA supported by the City of Chicago’s DCASE, 2018 IAP Grant, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN, Process Park, Artslant & Chashama, Pine Plains, NY, Filed/Work Program, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL. Amato Founded and Directed Moving_Image_00:00, a biannual festival in Chicago of moving image works by Chicago-based artists between 2016-2019. Her work is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago and video collection at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.

Arts Westchester

Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government

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