"Islamic Art, an Introduction: Art, Architecture, Faith and Legends"
Johanna Movassat, PhD.
The Art Museum
Thursday, March 14
Movassat will introduce Islamic Art and Architecture with special focus
on how the peoples of the Islamic world depict
themselves and their faith of Islam in art and architecture, and how
this art represents their ideas, desires, stories, and legends.Movassat
graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, with a BA in
Art History and from University of California,
Berkeley, with a MA and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies: Art and
Archaeology. Attended the Goethe Institute in Berlin; studied German.
Lived in Iran for 5 years, learned Farsi fluently, and taught English at
the Iran America Society, Iranzamin College and Language House
International. Traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East
photographing works of art. Taught at UC Berkeley, City College
of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. For the past 21 years has
been teaching at San Jose State University, Department of Art and Art
History, courses in art history surveys of Western Art, Ancient Egypt
and Mesopotamia, East Meets West: The Silk Road,
Islamic Art and Architecture, and Writing in the Arts. For two years
was the Coordinator of Creative Arts in the Humanities Department and
taught courses on Arts in a Global Context. Continues to teach in
Humanities for the four-semester Humanities Honors
program.Has written and lectured on numerous topics on the arts of the
Middle East and published The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: A Study in Late Sasanian
Royal Art (Mellen Press, 2005).
The Art Museum
Thursday, March 14
6-8pm History Museum Opening Reception
The History Museum
Saturday, March 16
Gary Coleman Reception
The Museums Art Gallery
Sunday, March 17
share the stories of those individuals and groups whose experiences have shaped the evolving narrative of our environmental story…
Activism, in its many forms, has played a critical role in our Santa
Clara Valley history. This complex
movement to create a sustainable environment has been fostered by
grassroots agencies as well as a multitude of organizations, from
farmers and nature conservation groups to high-tech companies and
universities. These groups, despite their varying missions,
play an important role in developing, supporting or promoting
sustainability solutions. Evolution of Green will
share the stories of those individuals
and groups whose experiences have shaped the evolving narrative of our
environmental story while also engaging visitors in the ongoing need
and desire for community-fostered awareness and change.
changing attitudes about the environment and our need to address
crucial environmental challenges in our region have
influenced our landscape development, public policy, and our community
awareness of the human impact on nature. The popularization of
ecological ideas and activism has also given citizens the power to
create community-based responses to these issues. This
exhibition will serve as a platform for engaging and educating museum
visitors about the network of local groups like the Silicon Valley
Toxics Coalition, The Green Belt Alliance, and The Committee for Green
Foothills. Organizations that advocate for environmentally
sustainable practices while addressing community needs, creating new
forums for information exchange, and mapping new routes for urban
Evolution of Green will
use interactive models, historical narrative, environmental
soundscapes, and other media to interpret this history and explore
proposed future steps for environmental activism.
» History:inFOCUS lecture: A lecture and conversation with Richard Walker, author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area. Wednesday, May 8 6:00 pm - Reception 6:30pm - Lecture
» Family Farm-to-table event: The Museums of Los Gatos will partner with
the Community Alliance for Family Farmers, the Santa Clara County Open
Space Authority, and local farms to host a day of activities and
tastings promoting sustainable agriculture and open
space preservation. Date and time to be announced.
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Los Gatos Museums Gallery 24 N Santa Cruz Avenue Sunday, March 3 and March 17 12:30-3pm
In 1966, following a two-year tour of duty
as a Frankfurt-based Department of State Diplomatic Courier, Gary
Coleman was seriously considering a life in art when he headed off to
Paris to study at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux
Arts. Art remained a part of his life afterwards, but raising a family
and earning a living put art on the back burner until 1998 when he
retired from 30 years of serving as a guidance counselor and teacher of
high school English and social studies. He “retired”
into being a full-time artist, collecting show prizes (over 20), making
sales from coast to coast, and having a number of one person shows.
Gary will be holding a reception at The Gallery on Sunday March 3 and Sunday March 17 from 12:30-3pm.