Kneeling Youth at AFI

What are we to make of Belgian artist George Minne’s solitary kneeling youth and how might contemplating this work illuminate something of our own condition? You notice the little card doesn’t help us much. 


Let’s discover together at the next Art for Introverts (AFI). Get your tickets here!
See you at the museum!

Song of the Lark

Once voted one of the most popular pieces of art in the world, “The Song of the Lark,” by Jules-Adolph Breton, 1884, this image of a young woman standing in the field, may evoke an array of different emotions perhaps even confusion. 

What a way to make of her? 

Is she sad and resigned or quietly hopeful? 

What can she offer us for our own struggles at the beginning of each day? 

Join us next Saturday to explore the many possibilities and to experience for yourself the many consolations that art may offer us in a complicated world today. 

Come solo or with a friend. It’s going to be a lot of fun but space is very limited, so grab yours now. 
See you at the museum!

Art for Introverts OR How to not feel stupid at the museum OR Learning to see

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Next date: Saturday April 29th from 1-3pm!

  • Do you ever find yourself going to a museum because you think you’re supposed to go look at great art and you want to feel something but then nothing happens?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself standing there in a room full of art and wondering what all the fuss is about and at the same time being a little afraid to confess that to the person standing next to you, even though that’s your friend/partner/spouse, who came to the museum with you in the first place?
  • Do you think, holy crap, these things are here but I’m not sure what to make of them! (HELP!) Very often reading the little cards pinned to the wall next to the pieces of art don’t really help do they?

Perhaps it all makes you feel a bit stupid. I’ve been there. I know how you feel.

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And so you wander out of the museum, unsure of what to say or do, maybe head to a movie or grab a drink, relieved to be off the hook of CULTURE, hoping to silence that little voice in your head which says this would’ve been much more fun and interesting if only I wasn’t such a dope.

By the way, YOU’RE NOT A DOPE. We could all just use a little help on figuring out how to look at all the stuff in a museum or an art gallery. Seriously.

So- If this sounds like you, you’re going to love this class.

We’ll visit a museum and talk about how to see, how to engage with the work in a way that involves all our humanity, our hearts, our minds, even our bodies.

I promise that you’ll have a good time and you’ll realize you can form your own way of making sense of the art that fits rather intuitively with your own experience of life.

We’ll talk about what art does for us.

Like: how coming into contact with art can allow us to feel moved and connected with the divine.

We’ll start to see that art can help us remember what is precious to us, help us establish and cultivate hope, even in very challenging times; deal with our sorrows, and so forth.

You’ll leave this interactive class able to enjoy not only art in the museum but to see differently in your everyday life.

To appreciate the art and divinity in every moment, every breath. To see that each moment of seeing and perceiving, listening, touching and tasting is a moment to respond differently, from a place of an expanded sense of our own potential for the adventure that is our one and only life.

If this interests you please sign up now. I highly recommend this for loners, friends, first dates, non-dates, adventurers of all types. Introverts. Extroverts. Non-dualverts. IT specialists. Humans. I really hope to see you there, and please tell your friends and bring them with you.

We’re gonna have a blast. 

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You will need to pay your admission to the museum. Please check coats, backpacks etc. You may bring a pencil, not a pen, into the museum and a sketchbook. You may bring cameras but no flash. Depending on the size of the group, admission price may vary. Once you register and we get closer to the date, I’ll send complete details about admission fees and other essentials. You may not bring food or drinks into the museum.

  1. Looking at art can make us feel happier and more connected.
  2. Art helps us remember what we love and may have lost or fear to lose.
  3. Connecting with art helps us feel more hopeful.
  4. In challenging times art can help us deal with inevitable sorrows.
  5. Art can help us feel centered and more peaceful.
  6. Art helps us develop compassionate understanding of self and others.
Materials to bring A note book, blank, lined or squared and a pencil to write/sketch with. No pens allowed in the museum. Admission to the museum paid separately. Members enter free. Museum admission variable based on residency.
What will be provided Supporting handouts, before and/or after class.
Location

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue,

Chicago, IL, 60603-6404

QUESTIONS? Ask away!

Art for Introverts: or how not to feel stupid at the museum

Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663. 

 Do you ever find yourself going to a museum because you think you’re supposed to go look at great art and you want to feel something but then nothing happens? 

Do you sometimes find yourself standing there in a room full of art and wondering what all the fuss is about and at the same time being a little afraid to confess that to the person standing next to you, even though that’s your friend, who came to the museum with you in the first place? 

These things are here but I’m not sure what to make of them! (Help!) Very often reading the little cards pinned to the wall next to the pieces of art don’t really help do they? 

Perhaps it all makes you feel a bit stupid. I’ve been there. I know how you feel. 

 Jacques-Louis David, Belisarius Begging for Alms, 1781

And so you wander out of the museum unsure of what to say or do, and head to a movie or grab a drink, relieved to be off the hook of culture, hoping to silence that little voice in your head which says this should’ve been much more fun and interesting if only I wasn’t such a dope. 

By the way, you’re not a dope. We could all just use a little help on figuring out how to look at all the stuff in a museum or an art gallery.

So- If this sounds like you, then I have a class coming up that I think you’re really going to like. 

We’ll visit a museum and talk about how to see, how to engage with the work in a way that involves all our humanity, our hearts, our minds, even our bodies. 

Call it art for introverts if you like. 

I promise that you’ll have a good time and you’ll realize you can form your own way of making sense of the work that fits rather intuitively with your own experiences in life. 

We’ll talk about what art does for us. 

How coming into contact with art can allow us to feel moved and connected with the divine. 

We’ll start to see that art can help us remember what is precious to us, help us establish and cultivate hope even in these very challenging times; deal with our sorrows, and so forth. 

Francis Bacon, three studies for figures at the base of the crucifixion detail circa. 1944

You’ll leave this interactive class able to enjoy not only art in the museum but to see differently in your everyday life.

 To appreciate the art and divinity in every moment, every breath. To see that each moment of seeing and perceiving, listening, touching and tasting is a moment to respond differently, from a place of a greater expanded sense of our own potential for the adventure that is our one and only life. 

If this interests you please comment below with an, “I’m in!” And you’ll be the first to know when the first class is happening.  I really hope to see you there, and please tell your friends and bring them with you. We’re gonna have a blast.


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