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Ai Weiwei: Global Artist, Borderless Humanist, Contemporary Emperor

October 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Presented by Taliesin Thomas, Founding Director of AW Asia Ai Weiwei is one of the most provocative and celebrated figures working in the spheres of international art and political activism. His extraordinary range of activities is unparalleled among his artistic peers—from large-scale museum exhibitions that reference traditional Chinese art forms to candid Instagram posts at international refugee camps, Ai Weiwei’s creative vision, fearless spirit, and commitment to human rights is widely admired around the world. In recent years, Ai Weiwei’s…

Women in the City: Seeing and Being Seen in Fin-de-Siècle Paris

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Karen J. Leader, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Florida Atlantic University Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2PM Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1899, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2015, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum Visibility in the growing urban populations of the late nineteenth century was shaped by both art and popular culture. Scenes of leisure, popular entertainment, strolling, shopping and art viewing were all the subject of artists and illustrators, and were consumed by the…

From the Classical to the Cabaret: French Music from the Late-Nineteenth Century

November 16 @ 4:00 pm

Leslie Amper, Concert Pianist Concert pianist Leslie Amper will present a unique, multi-media piano recital that connects French artists, musicians, and their work during fin-de-siècle Paris. Amper will feature the music of Claude Debussy and Yvette Guilbert; the short silent films of Alice Guy Blaché (with piano accompaniment); and artworks by a variety of artists, including Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Jules Chéret, that will transport participants to late-19th century Paris.

International Lecture Series 2020

February 17, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The premier Vero Beach lecture program, now in its 38th year, brings the finest arts and humanities scholars to our community. In 2020, the Museum will present four high-profile speakers. Live seating has SOLD OUT! REGISTER NOW for Simulcast seating in the Leonhardt Auditorium. Individual simulcast presentation tickets are also available.

Music and Modernity: American Popular Song from the 1920s-40s

March 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Michael Lasser, Music Scholar Cindy Miller and Alan Jones, Musicians The songwriters of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway borrowed from ragtime and jazz to make a new, distinctively American popular music. Irving Berlin, raised in poverty on the Lower East Side, was working as a singing waiter in a tough joint in Chinatown when he wrote his first song. George Gershwin was a teenager who used to sneak into Harlem rent parties to hear the piano players “stride” across the…

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