October 14


October 14, 11:00 am —
May 12, 11:00 am





This seven-session interactive and discussion-based course via Zoom will retell this history focusing on significant moments, themes, and issues, drawing upon key works in the CMA collection and relevant exhibitions. In retelling art history, the course will center on artists who have long been disregarded by art history and are now newly acknowledged for their contributions to cultural heritage. Participants will not only learn about these collection objects and the new stories they tell, but also develop a critical awareness of how museums like CMA frame works of art and tell stories.

Dates: Sessions will be held the second Wednesday morning of each month.

Time:  11:00 am – 12: 00 pm or 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Location: Your home via Zoom.

Cost: $36.00 per member

To register: Registration Link: http://www.wizevents.com/register/7467, (You must choose which class to attend – morning or evening.)  To maintain the interactive nature of our classes, space is limited.

NCJW Chairs: Dana Darvin and Susan Shapiro

Please note: topic content, which is subject to change, will be the same at both times.


October 14, 2020

Session 1: The Many Stories of Modern Art I
The Impressionisms of Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt

Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt were important members of the Impressionist circle, exhibited widely with the group, had close friendships with male members of the group like Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas, and were equally innovative in terms of style and subject. How does our historical understanding of this movement change by focusing on the work of two women artists?

November 11, 2020

Session 2: The Many Stories of Modern Art II
What If Modern Art Were Taught Without Picasso?

Artist Pablo Picasso experimented with a range of different styles across his career from his Expressionist use of color in the Blue Period to the geometric language of Cubism and the organic forms of Surrealism. For that reason, Picasso looms large over the history of modern art, but can we chart an alternate one that focuses on the artists he overshadowed? This session will introduce participants to underrecognized figures such as Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter, Wilfredo Lam, Alexandra Exter, and Dora Maar.

December 9, 2020

Session 3: The Many Stories of Modern Art III
African Art and Modernism

What if the story of modern art began with the West and Central African artists that inspired it? African art objects greatly influenced Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and many other modernists of the early 20th century. Participants will not only learn about African art and the artists that made these works, but also how Europeans of the time like Picasso and Matisse understood African art.

January 13, 2021

Session 4: The Many Stories of Modern Art IV
Modern Art in the United States: Focus on the Harlem Renaissance

Modern art took a specific course in the United States, with realist and abstract currents co-existing in the first four decades of the early 20th-century. To understand this distinctly American approach to modernism, participants will explore the artists of the Harlem Renaissance, a moment of great artistic development in New York’s African-American community. Key figures include photographer James Van Der Zee, sculptor Augusta Savage, and painters Jacob Lawrence and Aaron Douglas.

March 10, 2021

Session 5: Rethinking Museums
Cultural Ownership and Repatriation

Museums are the result of imperialism and colonialism, and some works of art have entered collections through questionable means. How do museums acknowledge this history? Using the CMA’s collection of bronze sculpture from the Benin Kingdom and objects recently returned to Cambodia, we will explore this issue and recent calls for repatriation.

April 14, 2021

Session 6: Contemporary Stories I
Portrait and Figure

The human figure is one the oldest subjects of art. Learn how contemporary artists such as Mrinalini Mukherjee, Kendell Geers, Robert Colescott, Kara Walker, and Jenny Holzer have re-envisioned the representation of human figure to bring new ideas to light.

May 12, 2021

Session 7: Contemporary Stories II

Industry and Process

Contemporary artists have a wide range of materials and processes at their disposal. Some thriftily re-use found objects; others explore new possibilities made available by industrial materials; and others focus on longstanding craft-based traditions, finding greater meaning in the handmade. Artists discussed include Richard Serra, Lee Bontecou, Cady Noland, Teressa Margolles, and Liza Lou.