February 16 - May 18, 2021
Join Kelly Trager, dancer, choreographer, performance artist, curator and professor at Pratt Institute as she leads participants on an exploration of various movements and styles that conjure the heart and look of America. Trager will guide participants through the history and events that informed the works and changed the landscape of the United States. The class will share memories and experiences, and react to the works, journaling to find each individual’s American aesthetic.
DEPICTIONS OF THE
featuring Rockwell et al
What is an “American” scene? What is the American dream and how has the visual representation changed over time? Has the American tolerance for art declined as advertising space increasingly controls the spaces where art once was?
If the music of America is jazz, then the visual legacy is abstraction. What makes an artist trained in landscape or portraiture move to abstraction? Who is this work intended to reach? What does this movement say about the American identity? What does it say to you?
Murals, Installations, and Graffiti
How does a community react to events through expression? This month, we will look at the evolution of public art as meaningful, impactful, and protectable. We will explore the questions: Who are all the stakeholders? Is the intent of the creators the same that is felt or disseminated to the world at large? What is the role of public / private partnerships in creation and staying power of certain work?
And Found Objects, Recycle, Repurpose, Reframe
From necessity to novelty, and utilitarian to respected, we will look at artists working in crafts and fibers and found objects as we trace public opinion of this work from everyday life to legitimate and the ways in which various mediums finally see their day in expressing concern for the planet and the people on it.
January 14 – May 13, 2021
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Engage on Zoom with noted and mostly local artists about their work and passion. Each conversation includes a presentation and a live Q&A. Purchase individual classes or the whole series including visual and performing arts. Visual arts below:
- March 11: Susan Johann - Focus on Playwrights
- May 13: Monica Stevenson- "Why Do I Like That Picture?"
Focus on Playwrights
In this multimedia presentation, Susan Johann narrates an inside look at creativity, the theater, and photography based on her twenty-year work of photographing more than ninety playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize winners. Her accompanying interviews explore the writers' personal and creative journeys including their inspirations, roadblocks and obsessions, which influenced their work on paper and on the stage. Playwrights discussed include Abbot, Miller, Marsha Norman, Sam Shepard, August Wilson, and Wendy Wasserstein.
Why Do I Like That Picture?
What are the makings of a good photograph? Learn to know what to look for! Join award-winning commercial photographer, fine artist, and director to find out elements such as composition, light, texture, and concept work together to create a good shot. Participants are asked to have a sample of a photograph they are attached to to share with the group, and we will discuss it.
THE PARKER GALLERY
Visual arts exhibits hung in TFAC’s new Parker Gallery will endeavor to spark a conversation about creativity in our community through the exploration of traditional and non-traditional artforms; fun, immersive experiences for participants; and unique themes that encourage new ways of viewing the arts. The Parker Gallery is named for beloved Tryon artist, the late Jeanne Parker.
Besos, Photographer, Jessica Mendoza