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DIY Stories in the Afternoon: While the Museum is closed, we'll be pairing some of our favorite children’s books with wo...
04/02/2020

DIY Stories in the Afternoon: While the Museum is closed, we'll be pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection for you to explore with your child at home. Don’t have access to the recommended book? Just select something similar from your child’s book shelf or your local library’s digital collection.

This week’s pairing: Rachel Rusych's "Nosegay on a Marble Plinth,” c. 1695, and "Du Iz Tak?" by Carson Ellis.

Artist Rachel Ruysch grew up examining bugs and flowers in her scientist father's collection of natural specimens, and this painting features several detailed bugs, including a butterfly and a bee, hidden amongst some incredible flowers. (You can read more about the painting in our Women Artists curriculum packet: bit.ly/3bL1s2v)

Author and illustrator Carson Ellis spent a lot of time observing and drawing bugs in her garden in preparation for her book “Du Iz Tak?” which follows some bugs as they discover and build a fort in a flower and is written in a special bug language she invented for the book.

Inspired by these two artists and nature-lovers, find a bug, butterfly or flower, either outside your window or online, to study and draw. Then make up your own story imagining the adventures of your bug or flower.

Families, looking for ways to stay creative at home? Visit our website to view a list of art-making projects, from teles...
04/01/2020

Families, looking for ways to stay creative at home? Visit our website to view a list of art-making projects, from telescope viewfinders to coloring sheets. bit.ly/NSM_ArtProjects

#5WomenArtists: Marie-Geneviève Bouliar (1763–1825) exhibited at the Paris Salon during the period after the French Revo...
03/31/2020

#5WomenArtists: Marie-Geneviève Bouliar (1763–1825) exhibited at the Paris Salon during the period after the French Revolution when the Academy relaxed its ban on women artists. She was celebrated during her lifetime, earning the prestigious prix d’encouragement in 1791.

This self-portrait is emblematic of the artist’s style, which employs the buoyant brushwork and saccharine hues in vogue at the time. She depicts herself with a spontaneous informality, her loosely-coiffed head tilting contemplatively to the left as she gazes past the viewer. At the same time, the frontal pose and voluminous semi-transparent shawls give the figure a striking presence, creating a sense of seriousness and quiet grace that Bouliar may have wished to convey to her public.

[Marie-Geneviève Bouliar (French, 1763–1825), Self-Portrait, 1792, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon]

Vincent van Gogh was born on this day in 1853. From a young age, Van Gogh found tranquility in nature. He painted "The M...
03/30/2020

Vincent van Gogh was born on this day in 1853. From a young age, Van Gogh found tranquility in nature. He painted "The Mulberry Tree" in October of 1889 while staying at an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The paint is applied thickly in swirls and lines and the colors are vibrant and expressive. He was so fond of this painting that he wrote about it three times in letters to his siblings: "...its dense foliage was of a magnificent yellow color against a very blue sky. On a white stony field with the sunshine from behind."⁣

Van Gogh once wrote to his brother Theo, "Even though I'm often in a mess, inside me there's still a calm, pure harmony and music."⁣

For today’s #MuseumMomentofZen, here is a grounding meditation inspired by “The Mulberry Tree”:⁣

•Close your eyes and take on the posture of the Mulberry Tree, feet rooted to the ground.⁣
•The twisting, flaming foliage above energetically moves in all directions, but your trunk remains standing tall.⁣
•With each in breath, feel centered.⁣
•With each out breath, feel your roots grow 🌲.⁣


[Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), The Mulberry Tree, October 1889, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon⁣]

An artist, activist, and advocate for arts education, Ruth Asawa grew up surrounded by nature on a vegetable farm in Nor...
03/29/2020

An artist, activist, and advocate for arts education, Ruth Asawa grew up surrounded by nature on a vegetable farm in Norwalk, California. She practiced drawing every day and later in life she recalled being inspired by “observing plants, the spiral shell of a snail, seeing light through insect wings, watching spiders repair their webs in the early morning, and seeing the sun through the droplets of water suspended from the tips of pine needles.” Asawa is best known for her ethereal wire sculptures and public fountains; however, her formal training at the famed Black Mountain College in North Carolina was in drawing and design.

These are a few of the prints Asawa created during her fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1965. The imagery in these prints derives from drawings that expanded on her observations of California flora.

[Ruth Asawa (American, 1926–2013), Flowers VII, Succulents, and Untitled, 1965, Lithograph, Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift, © 2020 Ruth Asawa]

03/27/2020
Fragonard’s Enterprise: The Artist and the Literature of Travel

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would it be?

Travel back in time with a young Jean-Honoré Fragonard to 18th century Italy, during his first and most important stay, where he documented his journey through black chalk drawings of important paintings and monuments seen in the churches and palazzi.

Curator Gloria Williams Sander discusses the drawings created by a young Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806) during his first and most important…

For #MuseumMomentofZen, we’d like to share a meditation by our Manager of Youth and Family Programs, Mariko Tu:“Buddha S...
03/26/2020

For #MuseumMomentofZen, we’d like to share a meditation by our Manager of Youth and Family Programs, Mariko Tu:

“Buddha Shakyamuni” sits in a classic meditation pose with eyes half-shut and one hand resting on top of the other on the sole of his right foot.

Relax into this pose and take a few moments for yourself. Explore deep breathing to calm your mind and bring relaxation to your body.

•Focus on your breath as you inhale through your nose for four counts.
•Focus on your breath as you exhale through your nose for six counts.

•Repeat, and as you inhale, breathe in calm
•Exhale and breathe out ease
•Breathe in calm
•Exhale ease
•Sit quietly and notice how you feel

Image: Buddha Shakyamuni, c. 1100, India: Tamil Nadu, granite, Norton Simon Foundation: https://www.nortonsimon.org/art/detail/F.1975.17.03.S

Visit our "Museum from Home" page on our website where we have assembled some of our digital resources to help you stay ...
03/25/2020

Visit our "Museum from Home" page on our website where we have assembled some of our digital resources to help you stay connected with our community.

We hope that you also share with us how you are spending your time, your Museum-inspired art projects, or works from our collection that you wish to learn more about, by messaging us or tagging us #NortonSimon.

Visit: bit.ly/NSM_MuseumfromHome

[Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940), The Pitch Pine Room, 1910, The Norton Simon Foundation]

Edward Weston, one of the great 20th century photographers, was born on this day in 1886. His works are featured in “Bey...
03/24/2020

Edward Weston, one of the great 20th century photographers, was born on this day in 1886. His works are featured in “Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography” (https://t.co/jiAJgmApHb), curated by Gloria Williams Sander.

Weston made prints that were honest and free from darkroom manipulation, a philosophy of picture making that became known as “straight photography.” His unsentimental photograph of the incised grooves of a weather-worn plank personifies this vision. The subject’s abstraction is a result of tight framing, which eliminates reference to the edges of the plank and its spatial position. The sensual, tactile characteristics of the pattern and surface texture become the focus. Were it not for the title, the object itself might be unrecognizable.

[Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958), Eroded Plank from Barley Sifter, 1931, gelatin silver print, Norton Simon Museum, PH.1970.121, Gift of Mr. Shirley C. Burden, in memory of Flobelle Fairbanks Burden]

A founding member of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter, the Berlin-born Gabriele Münter made a great leap ...
03/22/2020

A founding member of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter, the Berlin-born Gabriele Münter made a great leap forward when she moved to the rural village of Murnau with Vassily Kandinsky in 1908. It was in this southern Bavarian town, whose main street is pictured here with Münter’s characteristically vibrant color and reductive forms, where the birth of German Expressionism took place.

Several long visits by Alexei Jawlensky, among others, inspired the painter to move beyond copying nature to “take a great leap forward,” as she termed it, “to abstraction, feeling the content, the essence of things.” Münter’s unique use of illustrative color along with the meaningful connection to primitive German culture situated her work at the heart of the German Expressionist movement.

Can you name #5WomenArtists? Learn more about the campaign here: https://nmwa.org/5WomenArtists

[Gabriele Münter (German, 1877–1962), Lower Main Street, Murnau, 1910, oil on textured cardboard, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. David Gensburg, © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Reproduction]

03/19/2020
Pasadena’s Giverny: Nancy Goslee Power and the Transformation of the Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden

Happy #FirstDayofSpring!

While the Museum and Sculpture Garden are closed, watch this interview with landscape designer Nancy Goslee-Power on the transformation of our Sculpture Garden and enjoy the sights and scents of the garden from your home.

Landscape Designer Nancy Goslee Power recounts her creative journey to transform the Museum’s Sculpture Garden, which debuted in the autumn of 1999. This video…

While our galleries are temporarily closed, we'll be sharing ways for you to enjoy our collection from your home, or whe...
03/16/2020
Videos, Podcasts and Lectures » Norton Simon Museum

While our galleries are temporarily closed, we'll be sharing ways for you to enjoy our collection from your home, or wherever you may be.

Have you visited the multimedia section on our website? Learn more about our collection and past exhibitions through videos and recorded lectures: bit.ly/NSMvideos

In an effort to help slow the spread of the virus, and ensure the health and well-being of our staff and visitors, the M...
03/14/2020

In an effort to help slow the spread of the virus, and ensure the health and well-being of our staff and visitors, the Museum will close temporarily until further notice, effective Sunday, March 15.

We understand that events are unfolding quickly, and we will be continuously evaluating our plans for resuming normal operations. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay close through our social media channels and website, where we will provide updates as well as continue to share enriching and uplifting content on our beloved art collections.

We thank you for your support of the Norton Simon Museum and hope to see you all again soon.

https://www.nortonsimon.org/about/press/covid-19/

03/12/2020

Re: COVID-19: The Norton Simon Museum has been closely monitoring developments related to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and are following the guidelines established by local and national government and health agencies.

In accordance with current guidance from federal and local health officials, we will continue to remain open to the public, but we will be canceling large public events through April. We encourage you to check our website, emails or social media channels for updates on postponed or canceled events.

For more information, please visit: https://www.nortonsimon.org/about/press/covid-19/

The deadline for our Summer Education internship is this Sunday, March 15th! The Norton Simon Museum offers college seni...
03/09/2020
Education (3-month position): June-August » Norton Simon Museum

The deadline for our Summer Education internship is this Sunday, March 15th! The Norton Simon Museum offers college seniors or recent graduates the opportunity to work with its education team during the summer season (June–August). This three-month, paid internship is centered on the Museum’s outstanding art collection.

Learn more and apply here: bit.ly/NSM_EduIntern2020

The Norton Simon Museum offers college seniors or recent graduates the opportunity to work with its education team during the summer season. This three-month, paid internship is centered on the Museum’s outstanding art collection.

Don't miss "By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque" before it closes on Monday, March 2nd!
02/27/2020
Get A Glimpse Of Labor, Leisure And Everyday Life In Paris' Belle Époque

Don't miss "By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque" before it closes on Monday, March 2nd!

In the decades before World War I, French artists began painting scenes of ordinary life — on the street, at work, at home, in clubs and cafes. Their work elevated common acts into fine art.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on this day in 1841. The female nude was Renoir’s most enduring subject; he painted sever...
02/25/2020

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on this day in 1841. The female nude was Renoir’s most enduring subject; he painted several hundred over the course of his career. His late nudes indicate the artist’s drastic departure from his youthful Impressionist agenda, his increasing devotion to classical tradition, his retreat into a private Arcadian world. This example takes its place in a tradition that aligns the female body with the ideal landscape and the cycles of nature. The contours of the nude rhyme with those of the hillside. A glimmering patch of blue suggests the sea far below.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919), Reclining Nude, c. 1892, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

Whether you're in love, thinking of love, or falling out of love, we wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2020

Whether you're in love, thinking of love, or falling out of love, we wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Eugène Atget was born on this day in 1857. He worked as a commercial photographer in the late nineteenth and early twent...
02/12/2020

Eugène Atget was born on this day in 1857. He worked as a commercial photographer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, selling his prints as source material for artists and documenting “Old Paris” during a period of rapid urban development.

These two photographs come from a series that features the city’s tradespeople. Whereas the “Lampshade Peddler” highlights the modest wares of a travelling salesman, posed heroically against a receding cobblestone road, the “Street Paver” captures a laborer in the process of setting new, evenly cut stones, presumably to build one of the wide boulevards that now bisect central Paris.

View works by Eugène Atget in “By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Epoque,” on view through March 2. bit.ly/NSMBelleEpoque

Museum founder Norton Simon was born on this day in 1907. Mr. Simon believed deeply in the power of art to communicate. ...
02/05/2020

Museum founder Norton Simon was born on this day in 1907. Mr. Simon believed deeply in the power of art to communicate. One of the outstanding American art collectors of the twentieth century, he kept as a guiding principle his regard for the ability of the visual arts to inspire and reflect the human condition.

Learn more about Mr. Simon in a video from 2007, “A Centennial Celebration: The Life of Norton Simon": bit.ly/1UQY1c4.

Happy birthday, Claes Oldenburg, born on this day in 1929. Oldenburg has based his career on quoting elements from consu...
01/28/2020

Happy birthday, Claes Oldenburg, born on this day in 1929. Oldenburg has based his career on quoting elements from consumer culture. “Giant Soft Ketchup Bottle with Ketchup,” from 1966–67, is a fabric sculpture that takes a mundane household item and re-creates it in malleable form.

Oldenburg found inspiration for this work while paging through advertisements in a magazine. The ad also featured a set of fries. The accompanying sculpture, “Shoestring Potatoes,” is currently on view Walker Art Center; visit their page to see Oldenburg's 🍟.
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Claes Oldenburg (American, b. 1929), Giant Soft Ketchup Bottle with Ketchup, 1966–67, painted canvas filled with polyurethane foam, Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase with funds granted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pasadena Art Alliance, © 2019 Claes Oldenburg

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. He used the power of words and ...
01/20/2020

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. He used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance to achieve seemingly-impossible goals.

Jainism practices ahimsa, or non-violence and kindness toward every living creature. Here, Jina Ajitanatha stands with his arms at his sides but not touching his body, called the sword posture, which shows a state of ahimsa.

The Museum is open today on #MLKDay from 12-5pm.

[Jina Ajitanatha and His Divine Assembly, 1062, India: Gujarat, White marble with traces of pigment, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon]

Paul Cézanne was born on this day in 1839. He was the definitive transitional figure between the artists of the 19th cen...
01/19/2020

Paul Cézanne was born on this day in 1839. He was the definitive transitional figure between the artists of the 19th century and those of the 20th, and both Picasso and Matisse referred to him as “the father of us all.”

The exuberant vertical format of this still life makes it almost unique in Cézanne’s oeuvre. Though he had begun painting flowers in the 1870s alongside his friend and mentor Pissarro, Cézanne seldom painted tulips. More familiar in his work are the glowing fruits gathered on the table at left, a counterpoint to the bright blooms in the upper half of the composition.

[Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906), "Tulips in a Vase," 1888–90, Oil on paper, mounted on board, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

01/15/2020
Raphael 2020

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the great Renaissance master Raphael (April 6, 1483–April 6, 1520), and museums around the world are celebrating his artistic achievement and legacy. Curator Gloria Williams Sander examines his Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502–3, one of the highlights of the Museum’s early Renaissance galleries and the only painting by the artist in a public collection in the Western U.S. Learn more: bit.ly/NSM_Raphael2020

Henri Fantin-Latour was born on this day in 1836. Although he painted everything from group portraits to scenes from Wag...
01/14/2020

Henri Fantin-Latour was born on this day in 1836. Although he painted everything from group portraits to scenes from Wagner’s operas, Fantin-Latour was best known for his floral still lifes, which found a ready middle-class market in France, England, and the United States. This arrangement of flowers, likely cut from the artist’s own garden, is a particularly fine example. Fantin’s technique in pictures like this one adheres to an academic standard of finish.

[Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836–1904), White and Pink Mallows in a Vase, 1895, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

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I just had a nice Kandisky Time at the Norton Simon Museum! I also enjoyed reviewing other artists's artwork. I was delighted to find out that a portrait I always admire is Vincent Van Gogh's Mother! He painted from a black and white pictute his sister sent to him from Netherlands. He painted his mother for himself, but after he finished he wasn't very happy. I think he painted very pale the face, but her eyes are bright and healthy. Vincent had a beautiful mother! Thank you, Norton Simon Museum!
Museum is fantastic but be warned about the cafe---overpriced and not very good!!! Eat somewhere else!
Free Friday eves. Borderline life changing.
Hello! Does anyone happen to know if the Museum is open on Memorial Day? Thanks!
As we came to the museum we were stop by a female security, telling us we couldn't take in a diaper bag. That's fine, but as we were there we saw allot of people with large bags. We told the security but ignore us. Then we ask to speak to the supervisor Jim McDonald, he also gave us a racial discrimination as also we saw people passing by with bigger bags. Also to add all that when in were white and for some reason we were the only ones that got stopped and embarrased in public. Also Jim had security follow me and my family like we were criminals. This is not the end, hope i can get a follow up on this situation, this a great museum but staff they hired should get sensitivity training.
Join us on Tuesday, April 30th for a FREE conversation featuring art historians Thomas Crow and Alexander Dumbadze, who will be discussing the artistic milieu of the 1960s and 1970s and how it shaped Allen Ruppersberg and his contemporaries. Crow’s recent book, No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art, turns away from contemporary cultural theories to address a blind spot in today’s art historical inquiry: religion. Dumbadze is the author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere, about the late Dutch-born Conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum. https://www.facebook.com/events/2016124378694187/
Remarkable transformation!
the Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show is November 9-11 at the Hilton Pasadena. Established by artisans, Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show celebrates the Arts & Crafts Movement --with artists, artisans, makers, and bakers, this gift market extravaganza is the event of the season! Hoping you can post it on your page and help us get the word out! We'd be happy to provide you with free passes as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/540641002973724/
I have been incredibly honored to play Vincent van Gogh in a one-man show entitled Van Gogh: A Self Portrait for the last two years at numerous venues. Anyone out there interested in having Vincent at your school, theatre, museum or special event? Contact me for more info.
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SHAME on you!! Fighting for your Nazi stolen Holocaust paintings then kicking grandson Eric Simon off your board. You should rot in the same place as you know who. I will never come back. Just read about the suit from Ms. Goudstikker.
Congrats on keeping your Nazi-looted masterpieces. Maybe you should write a thank you to the US based Neo-Nazis. Or better yet, maybe one day you will do the right thing and return the paintings to their rightful owners.