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The Athenaeum presents various series of art and music lectures, including topics in classical music and jazz, visual art, art history, and architecture, with speakers from San Diego and beyond.

“HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!” with Jacquelyne Silver

Thursdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014; 7:30 PM
Series: $50 members, $70 nonmembers

Thursday, May 8, 2014; 7:30PM
Individual concerts: $14 members, $19 nonmembers

Thursday, May 15, 2014; 7:30PM
Individual concerts: $14 members, $19 nonmembers

Thursday, May 22, 2014; 7:30PM
Individual concerts: $14 members, $19 nonmembers

Thursday, May 29, 2014; 7:30PM
Individual concerts: $14 members, $19 nonmembers


This is a must! If you loved pianist Jacquelyne Silver’s exciting series From Brahms to Broadway!, you will be captivated with her new series on HOLLYWOOD—the music, the moguls, the movie stars and the story behind the power of the larger-than-life men and women who profoundly influenced our everyday lives.

From the silent movies to the “talkies,” Miss Silver, that dynamo of communication and music, will take you on a splendid and spirited musical journey of one of America’s proudest creations: the movies. You will see film clips and marvelous footage of the movies you love and cherish, WITH the magnificence of the musical scores! Miss Silver will play and discuss how the MUSIC became indispensable to the success of the film. The history of the Oscars, the roar of the MGM lion—the mythical celebrities who made up Hollywood—all of this will be a part of an experience that will leave you enthralled and delighted!

Jacquelyne Silver has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, as well as major music centers in the United States. She has worked with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, Tony Randall, and Luciano Pavarotti.


Art History Lecture

What’s Wrong with This Picture? Some Problems of Art in Our Time
with Derrick R. Cartwright

Tuesdays, May 13, 20, 27 and June 3 from 7:30–9 PM
Series: $50 members, $70 nonmembers

Individual lectures: $14 members, $19 nonmembers


This series explores the art world of today with an eye toward the unique conditions of making, consuming, exhibiting, and sustaining a vibrant visual culture in the 21st century. Although some situations are indeed “problematic,” the point of these lectures is not to bemoan our predicaments or to offer negative judgments; rather it will be to identify more clearly the prevailing creative conditions of our contemporary moment and ask, “How did our art world get to be this way?”

May 13: “What’s Wrong with this Picture?”

The first lecture will tackle a long history of artists who have deliberately refused to be bound by traditional aesthetic categories. It will focus on ways their work has contributed to new ways of seeing the world.

May 20: Tulipmania, Then and Now”

The second lecture considers lessons to be gained by studying ebullient markets for art as well as the historical ramifications of those “hot” markets for collectors (both public and private).

May 27: “The Problem with Participation

This lecture inspects the strategies employed by artists and by institutions to deepen audience engagement and just what this means for our everyday encounters with objects

June 3: “What Happens in Detroit”

The final lecture looks at the conditions of art communities under financial duress and, while it hopes for the best, offers a cautionary outlook for future growth of museums.


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