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#DIYStoriesintheAfternoon: We’re pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection. Don’t hav...
09/29/2020

#DIYStoriesintheAfternoon: We’re pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection. Don’t have access to the recommended book? Just select something similar from your child’s book shelf or your local library.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

In "Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away," written by Meg Medina and illustrated by Sonia Sánchez, Daniela and her best friend Evelyn are neighbors who do everything together. When Evelyn and her family move, Daniela realizes that things won’t be the same again, but that they will always be each other's first “número uno best friend.”

Artists Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee were good friends who were once neighbors. They worked and exhibited together, and even exchanged small paintings on their birthdays. In Kandinsky’s "Unequal" and Klee’s "Possibilities at Sea," both artists explored an abstract visual language of shapes, balance and movement. Each artist had an influence on the other, and, even when they lived apart, they wrote letters and remained friends for years.

Inspired by the friendship between Daniela and Evelyn and Kandinsky and Klee, write a letter to a friend that you haven't seen in a while and share a favorite memory together.

See more DIY Stories in the Afternoon pairings here: https://www.nortonsimon.org/learn/teacher-resources/diy-stories-in-the-afternoon/

Constantin Brancusi’s "Bird in Space" is one of the Norton Simon’s most iconic 20th-century sculptures. It commands the ...
09/28/2020
Brancusi’s “Bird in Space” Soars Again » Norton Simon Museum

Constantin Brancusi’s "Bird in Space" is one of the Norton Simon’s most iconic 20th-century sculptures. It commands the most prominent spot in the Modern Art gallery, its gleaming yellow-bronze surface magnificent under the skylighted rotunda. Its placement there is the culmination of a long process of art historical inquiry, scientific investigation and conservation treatment since its acquisition in 1972, requiring some challenging issues to be resolved.

Learn more about "Bird in Space" in a new essay by Conservator John Griswold:

Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876–1957), Bird in Space, 1931, polished bronze, The Norton Simon Foundation, © Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved (ARS) 2020

Happy first day of fall! French artist Georges Lacombe’s "Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers" (1894) celebrates seasonal cha...
09/22/2020

Happy first day of fall! French artist Georges Lacombe’s "Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers" (1894) celebrates seasonal change, with a fiery palette that evokes the harvest in a decorative, wooded landscape. The women’s stylized poses and provincial costumes present the scene as timeless and dreamlike, rather than reflective of the realities of peasant life. Autumn is one of an unfinished series of four paintings that depict the seasons. Lacombe’s fiancée, Marthe Wenger, modeled for the female figures and her mother owned the mural-sized painting, which was probably displayed in the family’s parlor.

[Georges Lacombe (French, 1868-1916), Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers, 1894, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, © Norton Simon Art Foundation]

Our online store is open again! Find a large selection of books on American, European and Asian art, photography, garden...
09/21/2020

Our online store is open again! Find a large selection of books on American, European and Asian art, photography, gardens and architecture or search our themed sections on wellness & meditation, virtual travels, game night and more.

Browse & shop now: store.nortonsimon.org

Edgar Degas made a career of devising compositions that communicate the immediacy of modern life subjects. In this paint...
09/16/2020

Edgar Degas made a career of devising compositions that communicate the immediacy of modern life subjects. In this painting of two exhausted laundresses ironing shirts, the artist’s sketch-like handling of paint and the informality of the women’s poses—one caught mid-yawn—conveys the realism of the scene and the experience of perceiving it directly. As one impressed critic wrote, “How . . . has a man who has articulated nothing, modeled nothing, who mixes everything in a vague whiteness, been able to make an arm with such indications of bone and muscles? One could call it a miracle.”

Edgar Degas, Women Ironing, c. 1875–76; reworked c. 1882–86, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

09/15/2020
Encounters with the Collection from Home: Ruysch's "Nosegay on a Marble Plinth"

Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video looks at the Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch (1664/5–1750), a master of the still-life genre whose "Nosegay on a Marble Plinth" is among the treasures of the Norton Simon’s Northern European art collection.

Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video looks at the Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch (1664/5–1750), a master of the…

Doña Francisca Vicenta Chollet y Caballero exemplifies the society portrait beloved by Madrileños at the beginning of th...
09/10/2020

Doña Francisca Vicenta Chollet y Caballero exemplifies the society portrait beloved by Madrileños at the beginning of the 19th century. Goya represented her inscrutable expression with his characteristic verismo, with no hint of idealization. He concentrated his virtuosic brushwork instead on describing her attire inspired by the fashions of Italy and France: the embroidered silk dress, the piocha or gemmed hair ornament—a bit askew—her gloved arms and, of course, her precious lap dog who wears his own noteworthy collar tufted in red.

Let us know what work(s) you miss from our collection and would like to see and learn more about!

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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828), Doña Francisca Vicenta Chollet y Caballero, 1806, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

Today is #NationalReadaBookDay! Find a book to read paired with a work from our collection to create your own DIY Storie...
09/06/2020
DIY Stories in the Afternoon » Norton Simon Museum

Today is #NationalReadaBookDay! Find a book to read paired with a work from our collection to create your own DIY Stories in the Afternoon. Don’t have access to the recommended book? Just select something similar from your child’s book shelf or your local library.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ bit.ly/DIYStoriesintheAfternoon

We’re pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection. Don’t have access to the recommended book? Just select something similar from your child’s book shelf or your local library.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Meditative Moments: Listening Meditation | French artist Claude Lorrain absorbed nature by sketching outdoors, studying ...
09/04/2020
Listening Meditation » Norton Simon Museum

Meditative Moments: Listening Meditation | French artist Claude Lorrain absorbed nature by sketching outdoors, studying the changing effects of light and transcribing them in a way that was unique to his time. Here, Claude creates a tranquil atmosphere of a lush landscape in the early morning light where we can almost hear the sounds of nature and of the piping shepherd guarding his flock.

Take a moment to bring all your awareness to listening.

-Find a seat outside or by an open window, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
-Begin to notice the different sounds around you.
Notice the loudness, the softness or the rhythm of what you hear.
-As you listen carefully, what do you notice?
-We can also practice this same careful listening with others and with ourselves.
-Take a deep breath in and deep breath out and listen.

Listen to a guided audio meditation here: bit.ly/2F9K6S8

French artist Claude Lorrain absorbed nature by sketching outdoors, studying the changing effects of light and transcribing them in a way that was unique to his time. Here, Claude creates a tranquil atmosphere of a lush landscape in the early morning light where we can almost hear the sounds of natu...

Édouard Vuillard's depiction of Lucie Hessel, the wife of his dealer, portrays the artist’s close friend and lover as an...
09/01/2020

Édouard Vuillard's depiction of Lucie Hessel, the wife of his dealer, portrays the artist’s close friend and lover as an extension of the domestic context in which we encounter her: Hessel’s body and clothing are painted with the same textures and palette that compose the cushions, wall coverings, and furniture. This is in keeping with Vuillard’s interest in presenting human subjects in relation to their everyday environments. Hessel meets our gaze, her casual, languid pose evidencing comfort with the process of being recorded. Indeed, this is one of over one hundred representations of her that Vuillard made during his lifetime.

Let us know what work(s) you miss from our collection and would like to see and learn more about!

[Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940), Lucie Hessel, c. 1905, oil on cardboard, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

In "Solace through Sculpture: Uncovering the History of a Plague Saint," Assistant Curator Maggie Bell shares her resear...
08/31/2020

In "Solace through Sculpture: Uncovering the History of a Plague Saint," Assistant Curator Maggie Bell shares her research into the Norton Simon’s 15th-century sculpture of Saint Sebastian, which will be on view at the Museum for the first time in her upcoming exhibition "The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion, Desire (1400–1750)." According to legend, Sebastian was a Roman soldier tortured and killed for his Christian faith, and he became widely popular in Europe as a protector of those suffering from the plague.

READ "Solace through Sculpture: Uncovering the History of a Plague Saint" → bit.ly/2GbLHal

[Image: St. Sebastian, Northern Italy, half of 15th century, polychromed wood, The Norton Simon Foundation]

Meditative Moments: "The Earth 12: El Abrazo (The Embrace)" is part of a suite of 14 lithographs from 1969 titled "The E...
08/28/2020

Meditative Moments: "The Earth 12: El Abrazo (The Embrace)" is part of a suite of 14 lithographs from 1969 titled "The Earth" by Spanish artist Rafael Canogar that addressed the global conflicts of the time. Rather than specifying a particular event, he created a universal account. Here, we see anonymous figures huddled together in comfort. Devoid of context, the act of embrace is amplified and the consoling touch of the hand is highlighted.

Take a moment to consider the powerful effect of touch.

-Sit comfortably, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
-Begin to scan your body and bring awareness to any feelings of stress or anxiety.
-Notice where you feel this in your body.
-Gently place your hand over this area.
-Feel the warmth and comfort of your touch.
-Take a deep breath in and a deep breath out.
-Continue until you begin to feel a sense of calm.

Listen to a guided meditation here: bit.ly/3iNBaQM

[Rafael Canogar (Spanish, b. 1935), The Earth 12: El Abrazo, 1969, lithograph, Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift]

08/25/2020
Encounters with the Collection from Home: Morisot's "In a Villa at the Seaside"

The Museum's latest series of videos examines the lives and careers of some of the women artists represented in the Simon’s collections. This month’s episode, written and narrated by Chief Curator Emily Talbot, features French artist Berthe Morisot, whose "In a Villa at the Seaside" is a highlight of the 19th-century galleries. Born to an artistically-connected family that was unusually supportive of her ambitions, Morisot was a founding member of the circle of artists known as the Impressionists, and her work embodies the group’s ethos and aesthetic.

Part of a series celebrating the lives and careers of women artists, this short video features the French artist Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), whose daringly…

Judy Dater contributed mightily to photography’s break-out moment from Modernism in the 1960s. One of a handful of femal...
08/19/2020

Judy Dater contributed mightily to photography’s break-out moment from Modernism in the 1960s. One of a handful of female photographers from that period, her compelling and insightful photographs established a new model in portraiture especially as it concerned the traditional depiction of women, and the depiction of male subjects by a female artist.

"Looking Back, June Wayne" depicts renowned American lithographer June Wayne. Dater photographed the artist ‘on the verso’ so to speak, wearing the magnifying lens she uses while working in the studio. #WorldPhotoDay

[Judy Dater (American, b. 1941), "Looking Back, June Wayne," 2006, gelatin silver print, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Artist, © Judy Dater]

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. To ho...
08/18/2020

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. To honor the centennial, the Museum’s curatorial staff offers insights into some of their favorite works of art by women artists in the collection, many of whom were pioneers in their professions: bit.ly/NSMWomeninCollection

[Image: Louise Moillon (French, 1610–1696), Still Life with Cherries, Strawberries and Gooseberries, 1630, oil on panel, The Norton Simon Foundation]

In years past, this season would see our education staff busy preparing for the return of school visits, our annual Fall...
08/17/2020

In years past, this season would see our education staff busy preparing for the return of school visits, our annual Fall Family Festival, and programs such as Middle School ArtsLab and Teen Arts. This year, while the Museum remains closed, our educators continue their hard work, albeit in a slightly different format. We encourage you to explore our new Distance Learning websection (with new resources added in the coming weeks) and wish all of the students, parents and teachers in our community a successful start to the school year! bit.ly/3aADOGs

Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) was one of the most beloved artists from California, and her sculptures, monuments and fountains ...
08/13/2020

Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) was one of the most beloved artists from California, and her sculptures, monuments and fountains enhance many public spaces in the state. Perhaps best known for her intricate wire sculptures, she also experimented in printmaking, and the work she produced during her residency at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1965 is part of the Norton Simon collection. Now this icon of the west is being transmitted across the country—in the form of a series of beautifully designed stamps issued by the USPS (US Postal Service).

💌 Learn more at usps.com/asawa.

08/10/2020

In our latest Impressions article, "Parsing Picasso’s 1932 Retrospective," Chief Curator Emily Talbot writes about Picasso’s first retrospective, held in 1932 at the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris and curated by the artist himself. Densely populating the walls with 225 paintings (including three now at the Museum), Picasso eschewed the customary chronological hang of a retrospective and installed his works according to his own personal associations.

Read about it here: bit.ly/ParsingPicasso

📚 DIY Stories in the Afternoon: We're pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection. Don’...
08/05/2020

📚 DIY Stories in the Afternoon: We're pairing some of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection. 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.

If you look closely at Monet's "The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil," you might be surprised by bright colors in unexpected places like the pink in the clouds or the blue in the shadows of the vases and the wide variety of bold brushwork, but all of these extraordinary colors and brushstrokes come together to form a beautiful garden scene.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's story features another unique garden scene. She used her own experiences as a child diagnosed with diabetes to write "Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You," a story about children with various challenges. In this story, Sonia and her friends plant a garden together and in the process discover their unique and special differences. When something seems different or new, asking a parent or teacher can help us understand.

Draw or paint a community garden for you and your loved ones. Think of a different friend or family member as you add each unique plant, flower, insect, or animal, and celebrate what is special about each one.

[Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1881, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation; Just Ask, by Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Rafael López]

Joseph Cornell’s first major retrospective was held from January 9 to February 11, 1967, at the Pasadena Art Museum (PAM...
08/04/2020

Joseph Cornell’s first major retrospective was held from January 9 to February 11, 1967, at the Pasadena Art Museum (PAM) (now the Norton Simon Museum). The critically acclaimed exhibition presented 74 of Cornell’s signature shadow-box collages—small, glass-fronted enclosures that house meticulously arranged found materials. It was the last show that the famed curator and museum director Walter Hopps organized at PAM (then located on North Los Robles Avenue), and it was seen as a fitting send-off for the man responsible for many of PAM’s groundbreaking exhibitions. The rapturous reception to this exhibition bolstered Cornell’s stature as one of the foremost innovators of American assemblage.

Learn more about the exhibition, the artist’s signature shadow-box collages and his influence on artists today, in an essay by Camille Brown, the Museum’s Academic Intern for 2019–20, available online: bit.ly/33e4Hi4

Meditative Moments: In Indian art, a serpent deity or nagaraja, is often depicted as a human with a snake hood. In this ...
08/03/2020

Meditative Moments: In Indian art, a serpent deity or nagaraja, is often depicted as a human with a snake hood. In this sculpture, a seven-headed cobra forms a canopy that protects the serpent deity who would have once stood more than nine feet tall. Snakes are associated with the power to produce rain, thereby bringing forth growth and abundance, and, since snakes shed their skin to grow, they are also symbols of regeneration.

Take a moment to consider the idea of growth.

*Sit comfortably, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
*In these challenging times, it can be hard to feel that growth is taking place.
*Pause and consider what this moment in time might be teaching us.
*After every storm, flowers bloom.
*Through adversity, comes growth.
*Roll your shoulders back and shed any tension.

Lift your chest towards the sky.
Take a deep breath in and a deep breath out.
Embrace this time of growth.

Listen to a guided meditation: bit.ly/2DjAMtQ

[Serpent Deity (Nagaraja), India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, 100–150, sandstone, The Norton Simon Foundation]

07/29/2020
Encounters with the Collection from Home: Bassano's "The Flight into Egypt"

Enjoy Encounters with the Collection from Home exploring Jacopo Bassano’s magnificent "The Flight into Egypt," from around 1544-45. Assistant Curator Maggie Bell recounts the painting’s surprising reemergence into public view in the 1960s, and offers insights into the significance of its rural theme for the painting’s first owner.

In this short video focused on Jacopo Bassano's "The Flight into Egypt," (c. 1544–45), Assistant Curator Maggie Bell recounts the painting’s…

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I am really enjoying your meditations! Thank you.
Hello, My name is Marta and I live in Pasadena. Since you are a big part of the community of Pasadena and participate so actively in its culture and legacy, I would like to share something with you. I wrote a song about Pasadena and about the strange moments we’re going through right now due to the COVID-19 situation. I intend to send out a positive vibe and lots of hope. I hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsYtOmBpxBM Stay safe, Marta
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/
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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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