Thursday, March 14, 2013

Upcoming events in Los Gatos

art:inFOCUS Lecture Series

"Islamic Art, an Introduction: Art, Architecture, Faith and Legends"

Johanna Movassat, PhD.

The Art Museum
Thursday, March 14
6pm Reception
7pm Lecture

Johanna 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). 

Upcoming Events

art:in Focus Lecture
The Art Museum
Thursday, March 14

History Museum Opening Reception
The History Museum
Saturday, March 16

Gary Coleman Reception
The Museums Art Gallery
Sunday, March 17

Submission Deadline for Art + Tech + Culture
Saturday, March 22

Family Art Day
The Art Museum
Sunday, March 24

Exhibit Opening
The Art Museum
Thursday, April 25
current history exhibit

Evolution of Green: Environmental Activism in Santa Clara Valley

The History Museum
March 16-September 1

Evolution of Green will share the stories of those individuals and groups whose experiences have shaped the evolving narrative of our environmental story…

Environmental 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.
Our 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 development.
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.
Public Programs Include:
» 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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featured artist

Featured Artist: Gary Coleman

Los Gatos Museums Gallery 
24 N Santa Cruz Avenue
Sunday, March 3 and March 17

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.
Visit Coleman's website to view his other works

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