Visionaries 2021-2022 Lecture Series: Blast Off! An Art Lover’s Odyssey

2021/2022 Lecture Series: Blast Off! An Art Lover’s Odyssey

Spring 2022 Session:
Behind the Scenes at the Museum – History, Collections, and Controversies
April 4 – May 16, Mondays, 1 – 3pm

OCMA Visionaries: $125 per session (six lectures in each session)
OCMA Members: $135 per session (six lectures in each session)
General Registration: $145 per session (six lectures in each session)
Single Lectures: $25 each

Registration for Full Sessions can be refunded until the second class of each session, minus a $25 processing fee. Registration for Single Lectures cannot be refunded.

Spring 2022 Session: Behind the Scenes at the Museum – History, Collections, and Controversies

The spring session will serve as an exciting tour of museums both far and near as well as provide important insights that will illuminate future museum visits. As OCMA prepares to open its new facility in fall 2022, we will put the state of the art building in context through a presentation of museum history and its related debates, secrets, and controversies. We will begin with an analysis of early cabinets of curiosities, such as wunderkammern and studioli, which are often identified as the first examples of small, private museums. Next, we will consider the first public museums, such as the Louvre and the British Museum, against the backdrop of the Enlightenment and colonialism. We will then examine examples of looting and restitution, controversial curatorial and collecting practices, and questionable deaccessioning of museum objects. The final lectures will consider revolutionary museum architecture, modern and contemporary art museum priorities, and current movements to diversify and globalize the museum. The case studies will include a wide range of institutions, including local museums (LACMA, The Broad, Norton Simon Museum, The Getty), national museums (Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, The Neue Galerie, National Museum of African American History), and international museums (Tate Modern, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Pompidou Centre, The Quai Branly Museum, and Belgium’s Africa Museum).

Lecturer: Lisa Boutin-Vitela

Spring Session Dates:
Lecture 1: April 4
Lecture 2: April 11
*no lecture April 18*
Lecture 3: April 25
Lecture 4: May 2
Lecture 5: May 9
Lecture 6: May 16

Online Attendance: Registrants will receive the access link before the start of each lecture.

In-Person Location:
Orange County Museum of Art,
1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, CA. 92704

For in-person guests, masks are currently required for those who are unvaccinated and recommended for those who are vaccinated, in compliance with the State of California’s Covid-19 guidelines.

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Fall 2021 Session: Dressing the Part — The Power of Fashion in Art

Learn to decipher clues to unlock the meaning and significance of fashion in art. We will look at the reciprocal relationship between fine art and fashion and the role of clothing and adornment in identity construction, politics, and the economy. Beginning with an analysis of clothing and jewelry in ancient and early Renaissance periods, we will go on to consider symbolic sartorial choices in late Renaissance portraiture through an examination of symbolic gems, outrageous codpieces, and rich silks and brocades. The fashion of the royal court, including the dresses of Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette will be discussed as well as the ensuing controversies. Our journey will continue to examine ready-to-­wear, the popularity of fashion houses and designers, and the rise of Paris as the fashion capital. Reflections of these changes can be found in the paintings of city life by the Impressionists and the portraits of John Singer Sargent. Fashion of the 20th and 21st centuries will be considered through analysis of specific designers and fashion houses, including Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci, Rudi Gernreich, Versace, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The interplay of fashion and the body will be discussed through the photography of Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and Annie Leibovitz. The session will conclude with analysis of the role of fashion in contemporary visual and popular culture through such events as the Met Gala, Costume Institute exhibitions, and fashion weeks.

On 10/25, Catharine Becket, Senior VP, Head of Magnificent Jewels at Sotheby’s, will briefly share insider stories and a bit of history on some of the world’s most infamous jewelry collections.

Lecturer: Lisa Boutin-Vitela

Fall Session Dates:
Lecture 1: September 20
Lecture 2: September 27
Lecture 3: October 4
*no lecture October 11*
Lecture 4: October 18
Lecture 5: October 25
Lecture 6: November 1

Online Attendance: Registrants will receive the access link before the start of each lecture.

In-Person Location:
Orange County Museum of Art,
1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, CA. 92704

For in-person guests, masks are required for those who are unvaccinated and recommended for those who are vaccinated, in compliance with the State of California’s Covid-19 guidelines.

Winter 2022 Session: Beaded,Woven, and Fired – Craft in Modern and Contemporary Art

The Winter 2022 series will explore the diverse world of the handmade in modern and contemporary art. Historically undervalued in comparison to painting and sculpture, craft is largely marginalized for its utilitarian nature and oft­ communal creation. Its connection to women’s work further distanced it from the realm of fine art. However, recent exhibitions at museums like the Whitney, MoMA, and Crystal Bridges point to a reappraisal of craft. These shows emphasize how the handcrafted frequently has deeply provocative and timely themes that go beyond the decorative like social justice, domesticity, power, and identity, and oftentimes an artist’s choice to craft is a revolutionary act in and of itself. Showcasing the many facets of craft today, each session will consider a different medium, ranging from glass and ceramics to embroidery and weaving. Woodworking, metalsmithing, and papermaking will also be considered. From David Hammons’s delicate glass basketball hoops to Joyce J. Scott’s subversive beaded figures to Mulyana’s installations of crocheted sea creatures, striking pieces like these pull viewers in who stop to marvel at the craftsmanship. In doing so, the objects open a space to think critically about the issues found within. Additionally, we will examine the work of El Anatsui, Ruth Asawa, Dale Chihuly, Eva Hesse, Brian Jungen, Yayoi Kusama, Steven Young Lee, Simone Leigh, Jean Lowe, Liza Lou, Ernesto Neto, Pepón Osorio, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Lenore Tawney, and Lin Tianmiao. Taken together, these artists deftly apply traditional craft techniques to their art­making practice in innovative ways that challenge the boundaries between art and craft.

Lecturer: Monica Jovanovich

Updated Winter Session Dates:
Lecture 1: January 31
Lecture 2: February 7
Lecture 3: February 14
*no lecture February 21*
*no lecture February 28*
Lecture 4: March 7
Lecture 5: March 14
Lecture 6: March 21

Online Attendance: Registrants will receive the access link before the start of each lecture.