$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm EST

Abstract art can challenge our ingrained habits of seeing. Often, an artwork without readable content can hold us back from really seeing it. This program will help you move—with an open mind—from confusion to clarity when looking at modern art, allowing for a potentially richer encounter.  Abstraction can be a great tool to practice slowing down the eye, to look broadly and deeply. See what questions emerge and examine what those questions reveal about our expectations about art, ourselves, or life in general. If we are able to move beyond our fears of chaos on the canvas, there’s much to love. Learning to accept art for what it is can also be a model to approach other challenges, like our complex communications with people in both personal and professional lives.

You will:

  • Learn how to enjoy and/or embrace abstraction with an open mind.
  • Discover how not knowing can actually make it easier to see.
  • Discuss the differences between “getting something” and  “getting everything.”
  • Have fun with French by exploring the expression “rien à voir”

Your educator Pamela Warner earned her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware, where she specialized in 19th-century French art and art criticism.  She taught art history at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island, before returning to Paris full-time.  In 2014, Pamela created a yoga and meditation studio in Paris, where she explores the links between practice and perception, the eye and the mind, thoughts and expression. For Muse+Connect, she draws on both her classroom teaching and museum education experiences as a Paris Muse guide.

You can also sign up for our series The Intelligent Eye.

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Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Red Frame, 1964, Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska Art Association, Nelle Cochrane Woods Memorial

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