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Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, a celebrated novelist and a talented painter, were openly gay in conservative 1950s Hollywood. In private, they called themselves The Animals. Simon Callow and Alan Cumming read their love letters; Katherine Bucknell reveals secrets they kept even from their friends, a galaxy of star writers, artists, stage players and movie makers in L.A., London, and New York. The series is capped by a play the lovers wrote together, A Meeting by the River, starring ...
 
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Educator Nicolas Fyhrie discusses French art from the late-18th and 19th centuries through Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun's Portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky (1793), Édouard Manet's The Ragpicker (c. 1865–1870) and Claude Monet's The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil (1881). Produced as part of the Museum's Videos for Schools series.…
 
Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video looks at the Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch (1664/5–1750), a master of the still-life genre whose Nosegay on a Marble Plinth is among the treasures of the Norton Simon’s Northern European art collection.Produced as part of the Museum's Encounters with the Collection v…
 
Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings and Chair, Curatorial Affairs, The J. Paul Getty MuseumJuly 2020Over the course of his short but unprecedented career, Raphael painted the image of the Virgin and Child many times and in different iterations, including the masterpiece today at the Norton Simon Museum. In this lecture Davide Gasparotto …
 
In this short video, Curator Gloria Williams Sander looks at Francisco de Zurbarán’s exquisite Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose from 1633. While the artist depicts the objects in rigorous balance and without extraneous detail, upon closer examination the painting evokes religious motifs and meaning.Produced as part of the Museum's Encount…
 
Tracy Cosgriff, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, College of Wooster, and Lisa Pon, Professor of Art History, University of Southern CaliforniaJune 2020To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, art historians Tracy Cosgriff and Lisa Pon discuss the artist’s life, practice and paintings with Assistant Curator Maggie Bell. Ex…
 
In this short video focused on Édouard Manet's The Ragpicker (c. 1865–1870), Chief Curator Emily Talbot shares some insight into the world of ragpickers, or chiffonniers, in 19th-century Paris, as well as Manet’s influences and related paintings. This large-scale painting was and remains a powerful depiction of those typically overlooked or underre…
 
Explore Edgar Degas's life-sized copy of Nicolas Poussin’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, a painting that forecasts his lifelong commitment to depicting dramatic movement and expressive forms.The narration was created in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, which examined the impulsive and instinctual nature of Edgar…
 
See how Edgar Degas incorporated an unusual variety of materials and media to create his sculptures Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen and The Tub. The narration was created in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, which examined the impulsive and instinctual nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice.…
 
Suzanne Muchnic, art writerSaturday, September 21, 2019Norton Simon was always a subject of speculation. In the art world, he became such a high-powered but unpredictable collector that observers couldn’t help wondering what he would buy—or sell—next. His courtships with museums and educational institutions led to pointed questions about what would…
 
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historianSaturday, August 24, 2019Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines how the sumptuous fashions of the mid-18th century inform our interpretations of three exquisite French paintings on loan to the Norton Simon from The Frick Collection.Presented in conjunction with The Sweetness of Life: Three…
 
David Pullins, Assistant Curator, The Frick CollectionSaturday, June 15, 2019Focusing on three important paintings from The Frick Collection lent to the Museum, this lecture explores the status of female models in 18th-century France, especially how they were torn between their identification as faithful wives, professional models and disreputable …
 
Hannah Riley, Principal Conservator, Riley Textile ConservationSaturday, April 13, 2019In 2017, conservator Hannah Riley studied and repaired the Flemish tapestry The Death of Dido, currently on view in Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido. This lecture explores the twists and turns Riley and her conservation companions encountered a…
 
Stephan Koja, Director, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen DresdenSaturday, March 23, 2019Art historians continue to debate the youthful subject portrayed in Lady in White. Is she a courtesan? Or is she Titian’s daughter Lavinia? Is she an illegitimate child, or just an ideal portrayal of beauty? At one and the same time, the p…
 
Nancy Evans Dance TheatreSaturday, March 16, 2019Nancy Evans Dance Theatre explores through dance, music, art and text the tragic love story between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Prince Aeneas of Troy from Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid. Branching off from Virgil’s tale, this powerful performance tells the tale of Dido from her perspective. Following…
 
Emily Talbot, Acting Chief Curator, Norton Simon MuseumSaturday, March 2, 2019Working from a live model was a vital aspect of Henri Matisse’s artistic practice. He depended on the women who posed for him for creative inspiration, and several of them became trusted studio assistants and surrogate family members. This lecture focuses on three importa…
 
Patricia Fortini Brown, Professor Emerita of Art & Archaeology, Princeton UniversitySaturday, February 9, 2019Wives, virgins or courtesans? The feminine mystique of Renaissance Venice sanctioned two desirable roles for honorable women: as a wife and mother managing the family palace or as a virginal bride of Christ confined to a convent. Carpaccio’…
 
Gloria Williams Sander, Curator, Norton Simon MuseumSat, January 12, 2019Virgil’s tale of Dido and Aeneas, from books 1 and 4 of the Aeneid, tells of the Queen of Carthage, a complex figure noted for her strength and character. She meets the shipwrecked Aeneas and the two fall in love, a union that could not survive Aeneas’s destiny to leave Cartha…
 
Emily Talbot, Assistant Curator, Norton Simon MuseumSat, March 10, 2018Beloved by museum visitors today, Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen was deeply divisive when it was first exhibited at the sixth Impressionist Exhibition in 1881. Although some viewers welcomed the tinted wax figurine as an exciting new direction in realist art, many others w…
 
Colin B. Bailey, Director, Morgan Library & MuseumSat, May 5, 2018In his comic novel The Outcry, published in 1911, Henry James characterizes the American robber baron collectors as the "conquering horde . . . only armed now with huge chequebooks instead of spears and battle-axes." The creation of outstanding private collections of European art in …
 
Yve-Alain Bois, Professor of Art History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton UniversitySat, October 13, 2018As a young enlisted soldier in World War II, Ellsworth Kelly spent a brief spell in Paris. After the war, following two frustrating years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he returned to the French capital for a longer …
 
Larry Keith, ?Head of Conservation and Keeper at The National Gallery, LondonSat, February 24, 2018The way in which Rembrandt handled his paint—whether the immaculate finish of his early works, or the so-called rough manner of his later paintings—has been important to an appreciation of his works. His technical mastery always was valued as a vehicl…
 
Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA,Saturday, May 18, 2013Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA, first became acquainted with Dan Flavin both personally and professionally while working on the interior installation illuminating the reopening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1992. In this lecture, to c…
 
George Shackelford, Deputy Director, Kimbell Art MuseumSat, January 20, 2018George Shackelford discusses Degas’s lifelong preoccupation with the human body—particularly the female nude—and the means he employed to understand and render the body in works of art, both two- and three-dimensional.Presented in conjunction with Taking Shape: Degas as Scu…
 
Anne T. Woollett, Curator, J. Paul Getty MuseumSat, December 9, 2017By 1640, after nearly a decade of extraordinary achievement as a portrait and history painter in Amsterdam, Rembrandt rose to fame and prosperity. Self Portrait at the Age of 34 (London, National Gallery), in which Rembrandt portrays himself in the rich accoutrements of fur and vel…
 
Kea Johnston, PhD Student, UC BerkeleyOctober 28, 2017To a modern museum patron, accustomed to viewing the elaborate objects that they prepared for their tombs, the Ancient Egyptians can appear obsessed with death. It is more accurate to say that they loved living, and were committed to ensuring that their lives and those of their loved ones contin…
 
In 2016, Giovanni di Paolo's masterpiece, "Branchini Madonna,” from 1427, underwent conservation work and technical analysis at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In this video, Norton Simon Curator Gloria Williams Sander interviews Yvonne Szafran, Senior Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, about this study and its fi…
 
Susan Landauer, Independent Art Historian and CuratorSeptember 16, 2017In early 20th-century San Francisco, the introduction and assimilation of European modernist art sparked widespread excitement and controversy. When Galka Scheyer arrived in 1925, she was immediately embraced by San Francisco’s fledgling avant-garde. Through her energetic lectur…
 
Playful sparring between the brothers deepens to rivalry and self-doubt. Patrick’s secret love life is exposed. Spiritual darkness closes around Oliver, and he calls upon the memory of his guru to show him a way forward. Dominic West, Kyle Soller, Penelope Wilton and Annabel Mullion star in this audio adaptation of Isherwood and Bachardy’s A Meetin…
 
Two brothers confront each other in a monastery beside the Ganges. One plans to renounce the world, the other tries to stop him. Adapted by Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy from Isherwood’s last novel, A Meeting by the River is a daring, ruthless, and joyfully comic meditation on the nature of love and the question of whether god exists. Domi…
 
Chris adapts a George Bernard Shaw story for the LA stage to much acclaim; Don is commissioned to paint the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, and sells a portrait of W.H. Auden to the National Portrait Gallery in London. A Meeting by the River is staged in Los Angeles to a warm reception and heads to Broadway. For information regarding your dat…
 
Chris thinks increasingly about his past as he continues writing a memoir about his mother and father, Kathleen and Frank. He and Don both work towards a production of A Meeting by the River, hoping Page will direct it at the Royal Court Theatre. There is an explosion between Don and Page. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co…
 
With an appearance by David Hockney. In Los Angeles, Hockney begins a portrait of Chris and Don. Don is still absent in London, and Hockney is unable to progress with his likeness. Don returns home only as Hockney himself departs, carrying the partly finished painting and newly snapped photos of Don from which to work. The Animals collaborate on a …
 
David Hockney, recently settled in LA, offers his London flat to the Animals; Don is able to take a short break in England. Anthony Page hires Don to draw cast portraits for his production of John Osborne’s Time Present, and, later, Hotel in Amsterdam. Don begins an affair with Page and delays his return to Santa Monica. For information regarding y…
 
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