SMALL SPACES: Eight of AMERICA'S WONDERFUL SMALL MUSEUMS
four monday mornings at 10:30, starting January 25
taught by karrin Meis
free for clir members
Kerrin Meis received her MA in art history from UC Berkeley, and taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University, Berkeley OLLI, Humanities West and conducts study tours in Europe.
Giant museums like the Louvre and the Metropolitan can be as overwhelming as their collections are huge. Sometimes it is good to appreciate the smaller things in life. There one can escape from the crowds, and be able to spend adequate time in front of a masterpiece just looking.
This class introduces the collections of seven small museum, housing wonderful examples of art from old masters to contemporary pieces. All began life as private art collections of wealthy captains of industry and their families and still retain the individual tastes of their founders.
The course starts off with a visit to Museum Row in New York City, where we'll stop in at the new J.P.Morgan Library and Museum and then take in some of the old masters at the Frick. Then it's off to Boston to tour the Venetian Palazzo style museum built under the guidance of Isabella Stewart Gardner to house her collection of treasures before jumping to south to Philadelphia and the new home of the Alfred C. Barnes collection of impressionist, post-impressionist pieces, which are still displayed in the eccentric Barnes manner. Then it's off to DC and the Duncan Phillips museum--Phillips was one of the first Americans to collect Modern Art seriously. From their we head first to Williamstown Massachusetts to check out the collection in the Sterling and Francince Clark Institute, then time travel our way to the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth Texas and finally return to California for visit to the excellent collection of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
By the end of this class, you will have not only learned something new about art history and art appreciation, but you'll also be convinced that small museums too can be great travel destinations.