Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, California, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. This rare cultural institution, an important one to the greater San Diego area, offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, ha

s an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California. The library is open to the public five days a week; members can check out materials for a modest annual fee. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours and special events. We invite you to browse through these pages, learn more about us, and participate in our activities. To quote the San Diego Union-Tribune, "There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library."

✨HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS✨🎁 Give a thoughtful and unique gift to your loved ones, while also supporting our nonprofit! Choose ...
12/05/2023

✨HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS✨

🎁 Give a thoughtful and unique gift to your loved ones, while also supporting our nonprofit! Choose from our many offerings at the Athenaeum such as membership, art classes, concert tickets, eGift cards, jewelry, and book sale items. Our holiday book sale is happening December 14–30 📚🎁

For more info, follow the links in our bio or call us at 858-454-5872 📲

Join us on December 18 for the next concert in the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series!Virtuoso duo Charle...
12/04/2023

Join us on December 18 for the next concert in the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series!

Virtuoso duo Charles Richard-Hamelin and Yura Lee will perform piano and violin together at the Athenaeum for the first time. They will present a program that celebrates and highlights some of the most beloved works written by two giants of the classical canon: Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.

PROGRAM (subject to change): Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, op. 100, Johannes Brahms | Fantasiestück, op. 73, Robert Schumann | Intermission | Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, op.121, Robert Schumann

📍Monday, December 18, 7:30 PM (Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM)

🎟️ For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/chamber

📸: Photo of Richard-Hamelin by Elizabeth Delage; photo of Lee by Giorgia Bertazzi

Enjoy chamber music as it was intended—in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists. These concerts are made possible, in part, thanks to funding from the City of San Diego through a program ma...

✨ARTIST TALK✨The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome Anne Labovitz on December 14 for a special presentation of her career, ...
12/01/2023

✨ARTIST TALK✨

The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome Anne Labovitz on December 14 for a special presentation of her career, process, recent projects, and exhibition 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳.

📍Thursday, December 14, Reception at 6 PM, Artist Talk at 6:30 PM

🎟️ For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/artist-talks

📸: Daniel Lang

Join us for the opening reception of Evan Apodaca’s exhibition 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 at the Athenaeum Art Center✨December 9, 2...
11/30/2023

Join us for the opening reception of Evan Apodaca’s exhibition 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 at the Athenaeum Art Center✨

December 9, 2023

5 PM to 8 PM

Evan Apodaca: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 unveils a video series confronting San Diego's hyper-militarization and its global impact. Explore the exhibition as it delves into the saturation of patriotism in San Diego’s landscape and sheds light on environmental injustices in Barrio Logan.

On View: December 9, 2023, to February 23, 2024.

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Acompáñenos en la recepción inaugural de Evan Apodaca: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺

9 de diciembre de 2023

5 PM a 8 PM

Evan Apodaca: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 presenta una serie de vídeos sobre la hipermilitarización de San Diego y su impacto global. Explora la exposición mientras examina la saturación de patriotismo en el paisaje de San Diego y arroja luz sobre las injusticias medioambientales en Barrio Logan.

En exhibición: Del 9 de diciembre de 2023 al 23 de febrero de 2024.

ATHENAEUM ART CENTER
1955 JULIAN AVE SAN DIEGO

🎄 Join us for A Kitschmas Pageant, a festive holiday event at the Athenaeum Art Center! 🎨✨ Experience the magic at our o...
11/29/2023

🎄 Join us for A Kitschmas Pageant, a festive holiday event at the Athenaeum Art Center! 🎨✨ Experience the magic at our opening reception on December 1, 2023, from 6-9 PM. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with performances by San Diego artists, delightful animatronics, dioramas and other surprises. Let's celebrate the season together with joyful music and art! Don't miss out on this merry occasion!
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¡Venga con nosotros a Kitschmas, un festivo evento navideño en el Athenaeum Art Center! 🎨✨ Vive la magia en nuestra recepción inaugural el 1 de diciembre de 2023, de 6 PM a 9 PM. Sumérgete en el espíritu navideño con actuaciones de artistas de San Diego, encantadores animatronics, dioramas y otras sorpresas. Celebremos juntos las fiestas con música y arte. No se pierda esta alegre ocasión.

1955 Julian Ave SD, CA

Thank you for being a friend of the Athenaeum! As we approach our 125th year serving the community, we are committed to ...
11/28/2023

Thank you for being a friend of the Athenaeum! As we approach our 125th year serving the community, we are committed to bringing enriching and inspiring programs to San Diego.

On this , we invite you to make a year-end gift toward our goal of maintaining and expanding the quality and scope of our programs. Each year our Annual Appeal generates critical funding for us to provide resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. In addition to your membership, your fully tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year helps us to grow our programming and ensure the Athenaeum remains a special part of your life and of the community.

Please visit the following link to give today! ljathenaeum.org/give

WINTER ART CLASSES AVAILABLE! 🎨🖌️ We're excited to announce that our Athenaeum School of the Arts Winter term courses ar...
11/27/2023

WINTER ART CLASSES AVAILABLE! 🎨🖌️ We're excited to announce that our Athenaeum School of the Arts Winter term courses are now open for registration! 🎉 Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting out, there's something for everyone. You can choose from in-person classes at our La Jolla and Logan Heights studios or take advantage of our online courses. 💫

🖼️ For more information and to register, see: ljathenaeum.org/art-classes 🪄

The School of the Arts provides educational arts programs which offer meaningful art experiences for all ages and abilities, and provides individualized instruction in its intimate class sizes. The School offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. Courses include drawing, painting, sculpture, cera

Thank you to Jean Lowe for presenting an artist talk at the Athenaeum! We enjoyed hearing about her work, artistic proce...
11/20/2023

Thank you to Jean Lowe for presenting an artist talk at the Athenaeum! We enjoyed hearing about her work, artistic process, recent projects, and past mural 𝘛𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘉𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘯𝘦 for Murals of La Jolla. Stay tuned for details of the next artist talk 💫

📸: Photos 2–7 by Roy Porello

Join us today for a free music activation of Anne Labovitz’s exhibition 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳 with William Gamble playing piano ...
11/18/2023

Join us today for a free music activation of Anne Labovitz’s exhibition 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳 with William Gamble playing piano in the gallery🎵

🔹Saturday, November 18, 4:30 PM; free admission

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The Athenaeum Members’ Holiday Party will take place on Saturday, December 2! Join us for music, refreshments, and piano...
11/13/2023

The Athenaeum Members’ Holiday Party will take place on Saturday, December 2! Join us for music, refreshments, and piano-side caroling to celebrate the holiday season.🍹🎵🍪🥂

🎟Reserve your tickets before they sell out! Please RSVP by November 28.

TICKETS: Contributing Members & above: Free / Members: $15 / Members' Guests: $20

*Must be current Athenaeum member to attend. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

To join or renew membership:
ljathenaeum.org/join-renew

Reserve Holiday Party tickets:
ljathenaeum.org/events/holiday-2023

📍Saturday, December 2, 5–7 PM | 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla

Stop into Girard Gourmet to see Sibyl Rubottom’s solo show, 𝘛𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪 𝘍𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪 🍒🍐 “I made these two paintings for Girard Gourm...
11/10/2023

Stop into Girard Gourmet to see Sibyl Rubottom’s solo show, 𝘛𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪 𝘍𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪 🍒🍐

“I made these two paintings for Girard Gourmet, to honor François and Diana Goedhuys. For over 30 years they have served our community with fresh ingredients (many from their farm in Julian) and unparalleled delight and artistry.

Originally, I planned a third painting to accompany these two. My timetable was altered because in early September I suffered a hip fracture that put me in a wheelchair. Instead, I include a seldom-seen painting I made 30 years ago: Return from New York, made about the time Girard Gourmet first opened.

—Sibyl Rubottom, October 2023

📍Exhibition on display through the end of the year at Girard Gourmet, 7837 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 7 AM–6 PM

Athenaeum Jazz at Scripps Research! The fall jazz series continues on Sunday, December 10, with Trinidad-born trumpeter-...
11/09/2023

Athenaeum Jazz at Scripps Research!

The fall jazz series continues on Sunday, December 10, with Trinidad-born trumpeter-percussionist-composer Etienne Charles, who made his Athenaeum debut in 2018. He returns with his sextet to perform a 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘴 program for the holiday season. Hailed by the New York Times as “an auteur” and by 𝘑𝘢𝘻𝘻 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism,” according to 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘵, “Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer.”

He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In October 2022 he had the singular honor of composing and performing San Juan Hill, an original piece for jazz sextet and the New York Philharmonic for the opening night of the newly renovated Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, December 10, 7:30 PM | Scripps Research Auditorium
🎟️For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/jazz

For 32 years, the Athenaeum has reigned as one of the foremost presenters of jazz in the region, presenting locally based musicians and rare local appearances by national artists. The Athenaeum has produced two critically acclaimed jazz CDs, Live at Athenaeum Jazz and Live at Athenaeum Jazz volume 2

Join us on November 21 for the next concert in the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series! A string trio with...
11/08/2023

Join us on November 21 for the next concert in the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series!

A string trio with four instruments? A harpsichord hiding behind the cello? The Valencia Baryton Project has dedicated itself to the performance of music written for an ancient and little-known instrument, the baryton. A cross between the viol da gamba and 𝘭𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘦 (or lira da gamba), with 10 resonating and plucked strings down the back of the instrument, the baryton gives the traditional string trio an entirely new dimension. This unique group was originally scheduled to visit our series in 2022 and will bring a fresh program of old and new works sure to delight.

Valencia Baryton Project: Matthew Baker, baryton, Estevan de Almeida Reis, viola, Alex Friedhoff, cello

📍Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 PM (Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM)
🎟️For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/chamber

📸: Alex Baker

Enjoy chamber music as it was intended—in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists. These concerts are made possible, in part, thanks to funding from the City of San Diego through a program ma...

EXHIBITION OPENING—Anne Labovitz: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳; in the Joseph Clayes III & Rotunda Galleries in La Jolla🔹Opening recept...
11/07/2023

EXHIBITION OPENING—Anne Labovitz: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳; in the Joseph Clayes III & Rotunda Galleries in La Jolla

🔹Opening reception: Fri., Nov. 17, 6:30–8:30 PM; free

🔹Gallery music activation with William Gamble: Sat., Nov. 18, 4:30 PM; free

🔹Artist talk: Thurs., Dec. 14, 6 PM reception; 6:30 PM talk; link in bio for tickets

🔹Gallery walk-through with the artist: Sat., Jan. 13, 11 AM; free

🔹Exhibition on view: Nov. 18, 2023–Jan. 13, 2024; free

Inspired by the blue cast of twilight, Anne Labovitz uses light and its profound meanings in various contexts as the central construct of The Blue Hour. Small libraries, illuminated windows, and Tyvek sculptures explore physical and metaphorical luminosity, color, and materiality, inviting visitors to experience serenity and emergent energy. Labovitz aims to respond to today’s world by challenging isolation, loneliness, and disconnection through activating color and light in large-scale works. “Light and color are connected and are central tenets in my artistic practice and are often what engages viewers at first glance,” she says. “In a world that can be dark, there is something undeniably captivating about the allure of light. But what does it mean for something to be luminous? Luminosity, at its core, is the quality of radiating or reflecting light. These works were created specifically for the Athenaeum to provide viewers a moment of pause, contemplation, and awe.” Local context and creating connections with others are elements embodied in the artist’s creative process and public interventions.

Labovitz received a BA in art and psychology, with a minor in art education and art history, from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an MFA from Transart, Plymouth University, in New York City and Berlin. She has an extensive national and international exhibition history. Upcoming and current projects include solo exhibitions at the Minnesota State Capitol (2024); 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport; and the I Love You Institute.

🖼️ (1): Anne Labovitz, Well-Being Light Windows I–III, 2023 (2): Detail image, acrylic on Tyvek

Artist talk with Jean Lowe on November 14!The Athenaeum and Murals of La Jolla present Jean Lowe, with a special present...
11/06/2023

Artist talk with Jean Lowe on November 14!

The Athenaeum and Murals of La Jolla present Jean Lowe, with a special presentation of her career, process, recent projects, and 2015 mural Tear Stains Be Gone for Murals of La Jolla. San Diego-based multimedia artist Lowe will unpack some of the humor, social critique, and rage that is threaded through her work regardless of form—with an emphasis on new video pieces made in collaboration with Lile Kvantaliani. These short skits borrow from reality shows such as Selling Sunset, Love is Blind, and cooking shows. She will be debuting her video episode Love is Blind: Boomer Edition as a part of her lecture, along with a variety of other unrelated short skits, situated within her overarching oeuvre. Join us for an elegant and erudite evening of thought and conversation. (Note: presentation may contain sexual innuendo, foul language, and smoking.)

Lowe’s mural for Murals of La Jolla, Tear Stains Be Gone, was on view from 2015 to 2020 at 7661 Girard Avenue. What at first glance looks like a billboard advertisement is actually Lowe taking a stance on societal norms and commercial advertising. In line with her signature blend of humor and cultural critique, Lowe speaks to her mural, “I'm just playing with the idea that you can buy something that's going to make you feel better or transform your life. Spoofing advertising signage is an organic way to drop an image into urban fabric”.

📍 Tuesday, November 14 | Reception at 6 PM | Artist Talk at 6:30 PM
🎟️ For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/artist-talks

📸: Lile Kvantaliani

Last performance of the 15th anniversary series of Acoustic Evenings with Jefferson Jay is on Friday, November 10! This ...
11/03/2023

Last performance of the 15th anniversary series of Acoustic Evenings with Jefferson Jay is on Friday, November 10! This special bonus show will feature Marie Haddad, Israel Maldonado, Jimmy Patton & Enrique Platas.

Singer Marie Haddad has a songwriting and piano style that has been described as “somewhere between Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen” (San Diego Downtown News). Her music has been featured on national television and in several independent films; she performs regularly in San Diego and nationally.

Israel Maldonado has been performing in and around Southern California for more than 25 years. His performances include education, entertainment, and a humble warmth that delights Athenaeum audiences every time. Trained in classical guitar from a young age, he performs a blend of Latin and pop music.

Guitarist Jimmy Patton and percussionist Enrique Platas incorporate flamenco, Middle Eastern, salsa, calypso, Brazilian, and other world rhythms into their music. Listeners experience virtuosic guitar passages accompanied by exotic percussive rhythms producing a fiery sound.

🔸Friday, November 10, 7:30 PM—Link in bio [Acoustics]

Annual meeting of the Membership Libraries Group! The leaders of these rare institutions from California to England gath...
11/01/2023

Annual meeting of the Membership Libraries Group! The leaders of these rare institutions from California to England gather to reconnect, exchange insights, and discuss their obstacles and triumphs. This year’s meeting was held at the Boston Athenæum.

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San Diego New Music Fall Concert! This concert features a world of composers currently living and making music in Califo...
10/31/2023

San Diego New Music Fall Concert!

This concert features a world of composers currently living and making music in California. Join us on November 9 and experience the stylistic diversity and ingenuity that is alive in new music today 🎵

📍Thursday, November 9, 7:30 PM
🎟️ For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/new-music

San Diego New Music joins November’s statewide California Festival: A Celebration of New Music with a concert at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on Thursday, November 9. The festival celebrates the tremendous stylistic diversity and inventiveness of California composers. All the composers featu...

Last lecture of Cornelia Feye’s contemporary art trends series is this Thursday! Join us for a discussion on the trends ...
10/30/2023

Last lecture of Cornelia Feye’s contemporary art trends series is this Thursday! Join us for a discussion on the trends for the time period of the 2000s–present.

It is hard to predict which art movements of the 21st century will have a lasting effect, since we are only 23 years into the century. But here are a few examples of the lecturer’s favorites in this global community of artists, who use any medium imaginable and explore universal or societal issues. Ai Weiwei (China), who lives in Lisbon and Berlin, uses any medium, including social media and augmented reality, to make political statements. El Anatsui (Ghana) uses bottlecaps to create regal environmental art. Cai Guo-Qiang (China) incorporates fireworks into his work. Olafur Eliasson (Iceland) works with Ice, light, and water. P***y Riot (Russia) is a group of performance artists and punk rockers. Australian painter Barbara Weir and Kay Walking Stick are Indigenous artists expressing their culture through their art. African American artist Kara Walker works with sugar and paper cut-outs; Tara Donovan uses everyday objects. British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, South African artist William Kentridge, and Polish-German artist Alicja Kwade are also examples of influential international 21st century artists.

📍Thursday, November 2, 7:30 PM
🎟️For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/events/feye-23-1102

📸: Alicja Kwade, Louisiana; Photo credit: Cornelia Feye

We’re excited to announce the latest painted mural by Michael Mercil! Mercil’s mural, 𝑨𝑹𝑻 𝑰𝑺 𝑮𝑶𝑶𝑫 𝑭𝑶𝑹 𝒀𝑶𝑼, entreats the ...
10/27/2023

We’re excited to announce the latest painted mural by Michael Mercil! Mercil’s mural, 𝑨𝑹𝑻 𝑰𝑺 𝑮𝑶𝑶𝑫 𝑭𝑶𝑹 𝒀𝑶𝑼, entreats the embrace of the arts, both in its creation and consumption. Painted directly on-site, this lively imperative reminds the viewer of the importance of art as a crucial and ubiquitous aspect of daily life. Taking inspiration from the playful messaging found inside the box cover of Atomic Fireball candies, which reads "Candy is good for you. Eat some every day,” Mercil recontextualizes this cheeky reference, bringing the same level of panache and good humor into a public art setting.

Comprised of a complementary color palette, orange capital letters outlined in red boldly pop out as the text runs horizontally across a placid blue background. Using text as a creative tool, Mercil inspires the viewer to appreciate the holistic benefits of a daily infusion of art as an integral aspect of our collective humanity. He expertly weaves his artful message into the surrounding environment, bringing a compelling and colorful belief in the benefits of art into the realm of everyday relatability.

𝑨𝑹𝑻 𝑰𝑺 𝑮𝑶𝑶𝑫 𝑭𝑶𝑹 𝒀𝑶𝑼 - Michael Mercil | 2023 | 7777 Girard Avenue

Exhibition Closing Reception! 🖼️ We are pleased to present a special exhibition of works by late French artist Françoise...
10/25/2023

Exhibition Closing Reception! 🖼️ We are pleased to present a special exhibition of works by late French artist Françoise Gilot, featuring many never-before-exhibited lithographs. Please join us for a closing reception in celebration of these works on Friday, November 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The exhibition is on view through November 11, with free admission.

Artworks are available to purchase. 10% of artwork price is a tax-deductible donation to the Athenaeum.

📍Exhibition Closing Reception | Friday, November 3, 6:30–8:30 PM | Free

📸: Lile Kvantaliani

The 15th anniversary series of Acoustic Evenings continues on Friday, October 27! The Athenaeum and Acoustic Evenings or...
10/24/2023

The 15th anniversary series of Acoustic Evenings continues on Friday, October 27! The Athenaeum and Acoustic Evenings originator and presenter Jefferson Jay are celebrating 15 years by recognizing the Athenaeum’s history of leadership by women with a series of concerts driven by women with world-class talent 🎵

🔸Friday, October 27, features Jefferson Jay, Hugh Gaskins, & Gaby Aparicio.

Jefferson Jay will be performing a tribute to Don Truesdail. The late singer-songwriter Truesdail, who had a profound impact on other musicians, played at the Athenaeum’s first Acoustic Evenings series on October 27, 2008. As a tribute to this great man and his music in our 15th anniversary season, his close friend Jay will share his songs.

Hugh Gaskins, who performed in our debut series in 2008 and has encored in the last 15 years, plays multiple instruments in a powerful fusion of blues, rockabilly, and mountain music along with influences from gospel, Elvis, John Lee Ho**er, Robert Johnson, and Big Joe Williams.

Singer-songwriter Gaby Aparicio is inspired by her coastal Uruguayan and Italian family roots. She performs her signature fusion of Latin, world, pop, reggae, and soul with various configurations of her band, La Buena Onda, at venues and festivals, such as the Music Box and Adams Avenue Unplugged.

🔸Fridays, October 27 & November 10, 7:30 PM
🎟️ For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/acoustics

Acoustic Evenings at the Athenaeum showcases some of the finest acoustic musicians in San Diego. Three acts fill each program and attentive audiences delight in the intimacy of the unplugged storytelling format. Refreshments are available at the intermission reception and post-concert meet-and-greet

Contemporary art trends of the 1980s and 1990s 🎉 The art history lecture this Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 PM, will dis...
10/23/2023

Contemporary art trends of the 1980s and 1990s 🎉 The art history lecture this Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 PM, will discuss these two decades of creators and art. The feminist art of Judy Chicago began in the 1970s and continued with Barbara Kruger, the Guerilla Girls, Kiki Smith, and Alexis Smith in the 1980s. The Pattern and Decoration movement, inspired by traditional fabric and fiber crafts, thrived in California and New York with artists like Miriam Shapiro, Faith Ringgold, Kim MacConnel, and Robert Kushner.

In the era of post-modernism, artists appropriated aspects of previous art movements into their work. Examples are Cindy Sherman, and Neo-Expressionists like Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, A. R. Penck, Jörg Immendorf, Sigmar Polke, and Julian Schnabel. Street artists, like Banksy, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring, made their statements on public buildings.

Environmental artist Andy Goldworthy, Maya Lin, Wolfgang Laib, and Yayoi Kusama worked with organic material to create impermanent art. Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst had their sculptures manufactured.

📍Thursday, October 26, 7:30 PM, presented by Cornelia Feye
🎟️For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures

📸: Jeff Koons, Tulips, 1994

The 15th anniversary series of Acoustic Evenings continues on Friday, October 20! The Athenaeum and Acoustic Evenings or...
10/17/2023

The 15th anniversary series of Acoustic Evenings continues on Friday, October 20! The Athenaeum and Acoustic Evenings originator and presenter Jefferson Jay are celebrating 15 years by recognizing the Athenaeum’s history of leadership by women with a series of concerts driven by women with world-class talent 🎵

🔷Friday, October 20, features Sue Palmer & Liz Ajuzie, Jack Tempchin, and Lisa Sanders.

Sue Palmer aka the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sultana of Swing, and Lady Who Skates on the 88s, has amazed audiences all over the world with her unique style and phenomenal left hand for over 30 years. She has won numerous San Diego Music Awards and had a day named after her by the city in 2008. Vocalist Liz Ajuzie is a jazz and blues singer and is a big fan of 40s jazz.

Singer-guitarist-keyboardist Jack Tempchin is a legendary writer of hit songs, including “Peaceful Easy Feeling” recorded by the Eagles. He has toured extensively as a solo artist over the years, opening for Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris, to name a few.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Sanders has a musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues; her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Sanders has worked with musical legends including the Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, BB King, and Babyface.

🔷Fridays, October 20 & 27; November 10
🎟️For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/acoustics

Athenaeum Jazz at Bread & Salt this Wednesday! 🎵🎷Thank you to George Varga and San Diego Union Tribune for the feature! ...
10/17/2023

Athenaeum Jazz at Bread & Salt this Wednesday! 🎵🎷Thank you to George Varga and San Diego Union Tribune for the feature!

Don't miss the San Diego debut of Grammy-winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery as a bandleader, where he'll pay tribute to the iconic Harold Land, a jazz giant with roots in Barrio Logan.

📍Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 PM, Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego

🎟️ For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/jazz

📰 Article: sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/story/2023-10-13/san-diego-concerts-you-wont-want-to-miss-this-week-jazz-hip-hop-and-a-cutting-edge-power-trio

Contemporary art trends of the 1970s! The art history lecture this Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 PM, will discuss this d...
10/16/2023

Contemporary art trends of the 1970s! The art history lecture this Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 PM, will discuss this decade of creators and art. The installation art of Ed Kienholz, Eva Hesse, and others expanded into immersive life size environments, while the performance art of Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovich, and Allan Kaprow incorporated the participation of the viewer into live happenings. Beuys was also a member of the Fluxus group with video artist Nam June Paik and others.

The Light and Space movement, represented by Dan Flavin, James Turell, Robert Irwin, John McLaughlin, Larry Bell, Peter Alexander, John McCracken, DeWain Valentine, was a West Coast art movement inspired by the California sun and the wide-open spaces. The Earth/site Art of Walter de Maria, Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, and Robert Long moved art out of the gallery space and into the open landscape. The Conceptual artists Joseph Kosuth, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, and Jenny Holzer placed prime importance on words and ideas.

🎟️For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/events/feye-23-1019
📍Thursday, October 19, 7:30 PM, presented by Cornelia Feye.

📸: Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970

At San Diego Book Arts upcoming October Monthly Meeting, Sol Rebora will be introduced to our community, while teaching ...
10/15/2023

At San Diego Book Arts upcoming October Monthly Meeting, Sol Rebora will be introduced to our community, while teaching about the many uses of stubs in bookbinding. She will present this technical element of book arts and explain how and when to use stubs, showing a variety of examples. She will share an article addressing these ideas. She will also share about her husband's precision toolmaking. In February of 2024 this Award-Winning International Book Artist will be teaching two in-person classes for the Athenaeum & San Diego Book Arts.
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📆October 18, 11 AM, via Zoom
RSVP required on SDBA's website, sandiegobookarts.com

PEEC free teen art program meets Friday in the La Jolla studio! Join Emily Grenader for film art on Friday, October 13, ...
10/12/2023

PEEC free teen art program meets Friday in the La Jolla studio! Join Emily Grenader for film art on Friday, October 13, 4–6 PM 🎥 🎞️ PEEC is always free and open to youth ages 13–18, walk-ins welcome!

Visit ljathenaeum.org/education -1 or call 858-454-5872 for more info ✏️

📸: Last week’s 3-D sculpture PEEC class at the Athenaeum Art Center with Christian Garcia-Olivo

*This program is partially underwritten by the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation and the ResMed Foundation.

Join us on Thursday, October 12, for an art history lecture on contemporary art trends in the 1960s! During this time, m...
10/11/2023

Join us on Thursday, October 12, for an art history lecture on contemporary art trends in the 1960s! During this time, minimalism and Pop Art emerged as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism with artists such as Donald Judd, Tony DeLap, Agnes Martin. Op art, or optical art, spearheaded by Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, and Bridget Riley, placed an emphasis on visual perception and optical illusions. On the West Coast, Ferus Gallery—and the “Cool School” and “Finish Fetish” of Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Craig Kaufmann, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin—flourished.

Pop artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, and Tom Wesselmann focused on iconic subject matter from popular culture, while assemblage artists Joseph Cornell, John Chamberlain, Meret Oppenheim, Louise Nevelson, and Betty Saar included a third dimension and found objects into their art.

📍Lecture series: 𝘚𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘋𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴, 1945 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵, presented Cornelia Feye, Thursdays, October 12, 19 & 26; November 2 | 7:30 PM | For tickets: ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures 🎟️

New Chamber Concert Series!  We are pleased to present the 2023–2024 season of the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Co...
10/10/2023

New Chamber Concert Series!

We are pleased to present the 2023–2024 season of the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series, beginning October 29, 2023, at 6 PM. At each concert you’ll hear a mix of music rarely presented locally and cherished masterpieces, guaranteed to uplift and move you, performed by the finest chamber musicians we know.

Sunday, October 29 features the McGill/McHale Trio—clarinetist Anthony McGill, flutist Demarre McGill and pianist Michael McHale—who are celebrating their 10th season. This group of superstars makes their first visit to San Diego as a trio, opening the Athenaeum’s season with a bang.

The trio was founded when clarinetist Anthony McGill, who in 2014 became the first African-American principal player of the New York Philharmonic, and his brother, Demarre McGill, now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, were featured artists in a 2014 residency at Bowling Green University in Ohio. Pianist Michael McHale joined them in concert and their partnership was formed.

🎟️ Visit ljathenaeum.org/chamber or call 858-454-5872 for tickets! Full chamber series schedule below:

▪️McGill / McHale Trio, Sunday, October 29, 6 PM (Special start time)
▪️Valencia Baryton Project, Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 PM
▪️Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano & Yura Lee, violin, Monday, December 18, 7:30 PM
▪️Maxwell Quartet, Thursday, January 25, 7:30 PM
▪️Verona Quartet, Monday, March 18, 7:30 PM
▪️Santiago Cañón-Valencia, cello, Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 PM

Enjoy chamber music as it was intended—in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists. These concerts are made possible, in part, thanks to funding from the City of San Diego through a program ma...

Today on 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵, host Dave Drexler will interview Wayne Escoffery and preview the October 18 Athenaeum Jazz at Bread...
10/08/2023

Today on 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵, host Dave Drexler will interview Wayne Escoffery and preview the October 18 Athenaeum Jazz at Bread and Salt concert with the Wayne Escoffery Quartet 🎵

🔗 Interview here: jazz88.org/MP3/IA100823Escoffery.mp3

Jazz tickets here: ljathenaeum.org/jazz

𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵 is a weekly radio series/podcast featuring local and nationally acclaimed musicians. The show airs on Sunday at 6 PM on Jazz 88.3 KSDS FM San Diego, streaming live at jazz88.org and phone apps).

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually at four venues in four different zip codes in San Diego. This rare cultural institution offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, acoustics, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours, and special events.

The library is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. Members can check out library materials for a modest annual fee. For information on the benefits of becoming a member, call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org.

In 2016 the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library expanded its offerings to a satellite location in Logan Heights, the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC), which is being developed as a multicultural community center and hub for local artists. The AAC features an art school studio, a print studio (Rotunda Press), and an events space, with a bilingual manager, for exhibitions, lectures, and concerts. The AAC offers a wide variety of art classes from painting and sculpture to multimedia and printmaking through the School of the Arts.

The Athenaeum Art Center is located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights in the Bread & Salt complex, open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and for scheduled programs and classes.

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