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Yve-Alain Bois, Professor of Art History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton UniversitySat, October 13, 2018As a young enlisted soldier in World War II, Ellsworth Kelly spent a brief spell in Paris. After the war, following two frustrating years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he returned to the French capital for a lon ...…
 
Encounters with the CollectionAssistant Curator Emily Talbot shares with viewers one of her favorite works in the Norton Simon collection: Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Cirque Fernando, Rider on a White Horse from 1887–1888.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Curatorial Associate Tom Norris discusses the exhibition, Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly, on view through October 29, 2018.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Colin B. Bailey, Director, Morgan Library & MuseumSat, May 5, 2018In his comic novel The Outcry, published in 1911, Henry James characterizes the American robber baron collectors as the "conquering horde . . . only armed now with huge chequebooks instead of spears and battle-axes." The creation of outstanding private collections of European art ...…
 
Emily Talbot, Assistant Curator, Norton Simon MuseumSat, March 10, 2018Beloved by museum visitors today, Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen was deeply divisive when it was first exhibited at the sixth Impressionist Exhibition in 1881. Although some viewers welcomed the tinted wax figurine as an exciting new direction in realist art, many othe ...…
 
Encounters with the CollectionChief Curator Carol Togneri shares with viewers one of her favorite paintings in the Norton Simon collection: Guercino’s beloved Aldrovandi Dog from c. 1625.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Larry Keith, ‎Head of Conservation and Keeper at The National Gallery, LondonSat, February 24, 2018The way in which Rembrandt handled his paint—whether the immaculate finish of his early works, or the so-called rough manner of his later paintings—has been important to an appreciation of his works. His technical mastery always was valued as a ve ...…
 
Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA,Saturday, May 18, 2013Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA, first became acquainted with Dan Flavin both personally and professionally while working on the interior installation illuminating the reopening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1992. In this lecture, ...…
 
George Shackelford, Deputy Director, Kimbell Art MuseumSat, January 20, 2018George Shackelford discusses Degas’s lifelong preoccupation with the human body—particularly the female nude—and the means he employed to understand and render the body in works of art, both two- and three-dimensional.Presented in conjunction with Taking Shape: Degas as ...…
 
Anne T. Woollett, Curator, J. Paul Getty MuseumSat, December 9, 2017By 1640, after nearly a decade of extraordinary achievement as a portrait and history painter in Amsterdam, Rembrandt rose to fame and prosperity. Self Portrait at the Age of 34 (London, National Gallery), in which Rembrandt portrays himself in the rich accoutrements of fur and ...…
 
Kea Johnston, PhD Student, UC BerkeleyOctober 28, 2017To a modern museum patron, accustomed to viewing the elaborate objects that they prepared for their tombs, the Ancient Egyptians can appear obsessed with death. It is more accurate to say that they loved living, and were committed to ensuring that their lives and those of their loved ones co ...…
 
Bishop Museum's Traditions of the Pacific Program Presents: Navigating the WorldHear from Nainoa Thompson, Lehua Kamalu, Miki Tomita, David Lassner and Dr. Ben Tamura and moderated by Ann BotticelliWednesday October 18, 2017at Marine Education Training Center This talk centers on the planning of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage: the idea, the ...…
 
In 2016, Giovanni di Paolo's masterpiece, "Branchini Madonna,” from 1427, underwent conservation work and technical analysis at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In this video, Norton Simon Curator Gloria Williams Sander interviews Yvonne Szafran, Senior Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, about this study and it ...…
 
Susan Landauer, Independent Art Historian and CuratorSeptember 16, 2017In early 20th-century San Francisco, the introduction and assimilation of European modernist art sparked widespread excitement and controversy. When Galka Scheyer arrived in 1925, she was immediately embraced by San Francisco’s fledgling avant-garde. Through her energetic le ...…
 
Artist SpotlightKana: Invigorating Cord Wear in 21st Century CeremonyDr. Taupōuri TangarōThursday, June 29, 2017*Some of the audio was not spoken into the mic and so it can only be heard faintly. But it was only for brief moments - an oli (chant) at the beginning and a few moments to display some of the cord pieces. Honoring Kana, Hiloʻs Deity ...…
 
What are museums good for today? What purposes do they serve, and how are they relevant for the millions of visitors, practitioners, researchers, and artists who walk through their doors every year?Bishop Museum is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Nicholas Thomas for a presentation inspired by his latest book The Return of Curiosity: ...…
 
Victoria Dailey, Writer and Independent CuratorMay 13, 2017Although Los Angeles had a small group of modern artists in the 1920s, modernism was little known and often disparaged by most of the city’s art world. When Galka Scheyer organized the first Blue Four exhibition in Los Angeles in 1926, one artist remarked: "It reminded me of crawling th ...…
 
Gloria Williams Sander, Curator, Norton Simon MuseumSaturday, April 22, 2017Alexei Jawlensky nicknamed Emmy Scheyer "Galka," the Russian name for a small crow, known to be exceptionally intelligent, energetic and gregarious. These characteristics served Scheyer in her mission to introduce the American public to the avant-garde art of European m ...…
 
Curator Gloria Williams Sander discusses the life of Galka Scheyer, the enterprising dealer responsible for the art phenomenon the “Blue Four”—Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Paul Klee and Vassily Kandinsky, and how her art collection and archives entered the Pasadena Institute of Art, now the Norton Simon Museum.…
 
Join us for another exciting Traditions of the Pacific lecture!John F. G. Stokes was a pioneer in the field of Hawaiian archaeology. In 1909, he traveled to Moloka‘i where he documented known heiau through photography and detailed mapping. With the generous support of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, Bishop Museum’s Anthropology and Libr ...…
 
Science Educator Hadley Andersen shared news of our upcoming #FallInLoveWithScience event with Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa of Bytemarks Cafe! You can listen to the original podcast on (entitled Episode 439: 2017 Tech Policy – aired Jan 25, 2017) here: http://www.bytemarkscafe.org/2017/01/25/episode-439-2017-tech-policy-jan-25-2017/.…
 
Assistant Curator Emily Talbot examines the improvisational nature of Edgar Degas’s work in three-dimensional form, and the importance of the Norton Simon’s collection of Degas’s modèle bronzes.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
In this audio podcast, Chief Curator Carol Togneri talks to Gloria Groom, Chair of European Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, about Van Gogh’s iconic Bedroom. Produced in conjunction with the installation of that painting at the Museum from December 9, 2016 through March 6, 2017.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Join us for another fascinating Traditions of the Pacific lecture series and special documentary, recorded in Hawaiian Hall on November 10, 2016!The ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, Makahiki, is a unique cultural event celebrated with new awareness, ceremony, peace, and games. Held for approximately four months each year, the celebration hon ...…
 
Bishop Museum's historian, DeSoto Brown discusses life in the Territory of Hawai‘i in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This audio is provided courtesy of radio station KCBX.
 
Join Bishop Museum’s revered historian, Desoto Brown as he talks-story about the museum’s past, present, and future with correspondent Tom Wilmer. Audio courtesy of KXCB.
 
Associate Curator Emily A. Beeny gives a brief overview of Norton Simon’s collection of works by Picasso and explores their role in the broader story of his collections.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Curator Gloria Williams Sander gives a brief overview of the Norton Simon Museum’s collection of portraits by the great Dutch painter-printmaker of the Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Originally aired on October 18, 2016 through All Things Marine (http://www.cosee-ie.net/programs/allthingsmarineradioshow/) as "Ocean Publications Shallow to Deep".Join Bishop Museum's Rich Pyle as he discusses deep reefs in Hawaii with Randy Kosaki of NOAA and Robin Baird from Cascadia Research.
 
Evidence of the cultural and scientific significance of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument comes to life in this riveting special edition of the Traditions of the Pacific lecture series entitled Expanding the Journey.Bishop Museum invites you to join three of our very own experts as they share their stories and experiences of resear ...…
 
Hear exciting shark encounters from three amazing ocean conservationists who share the water with these amazing creatures. Moderated by Dr. Rich Pyle, Bishop Museum associate zoologist and researcher with special guests: – Kaiwi Berry, founder of Island View Hawaiʻi, a pelagic dive tour company – Jennifer Cole, conservation coordinator at White ...…
 
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre, on view from September 2, 2016–January 16, 2017, Curatorial Associate Tom Norris discusses artworks from the middle of the 20th century that explore the darker side of the human condition.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Dr. Carl Meyer's research focuses on the ecology and management of sharks. He studies the movement patterns, habitat use and trophic ecology of sharks, and their navigational abilities. His research addresses a variety of issues of management concern including impacts of shark ecotourism, shark predation on critically endangered species, effect ...…
 
For more than half a century, Hawai'i-born and raised archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch has explored the Pacific, on expeditions that took him to a score of islands from the Bismarck Archipelago to Easter Island. As a Punahou student, Kirch apprenticed with famed Bishop Museum archaeologist Kenneth Emory at digs on Hawai'i and Maui. In 1971, K ...…
 
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Duchamp to Pop, on view from March 4–August 29, 2016, Curatorial Associate Tom Norris examines artworks by Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol that address the issue of identity and portraiture.By ldenk@nortonsimon.org (Norton Simon Museum).
 
Associate Curator Emily Beeny discusses two exceptional works by Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940) in the Norton Simon Museum’s collection: Paysages et Intérieurs (Landscapes and Interiors), an exquisite print album of 1899, and First Fruits, the artist’s monumental decorative canvas that was recently cleaned and conserved.…
 
Traditions & Insights in Native Hawaiian Child-Rearing PracticesDr. Carol Titcomb, MDThursday, May 21, 2015Building on scholarship and knowledge of many sources including writings of Mary Kawena Pukui and discussions with Hawaiian elders, Dr. Carol Titcomb shares findings from her descriptive study about culturally-based child-rearing practices ...…
 
Traditional Hawaiian Practices of Hāpai and HānauKai‘ulani Odom and Emerson Kihei Nahale, Kōkua Kalihi ValleyThursday, March 5, 2015The progression from pre-gestation to birth encompasses an array of physical and metaphysical responsibilities to ensure a pathway of health for child, mother and family. Knowledgeable Native Hawaiian cultural and ...…
 
Conservator John Griswold explores the accidental discovery of Prussian blue in 1704, which helped to open up new possibilities for artistic expression at the dawn of the Enlightenment. This video was created in conjunction with the A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and their Impact on French Artists, on view July 17, 2015– ...…
 
Curator Gloria Williams Sander discusses the drawings created by a young Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806) during his first and most important stay in Italy in the mid-18th century. These exquisite works document Fragonard’s voyage with his patron Jean Claude Richard de Saint-Non to see the great artistic treasures of Florence, Bologna, ...…
 
Landscape Designer Nancy Goslee Power recounts her creative journey to transform the Museum’s Sculpture Garden, which debuted in the autumn of 1999. This video was produced to mark the garden’s fifteenth anniversary and the publication of “A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden.”…
 
2015 Academic Intern Caitlin Silberman discusses the transformation of landscape and nature photography since the 1960s, as photographers approached “nature” and “culture” in their images not in opposition, but rather in dialogue. This podcast was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Human/Nature: Photographers Constructing the Natural W ...…
 
Bishop Museum Cultural Research Specialist and master lau hala weaver Marques Hanalei Marzan talks with Diane Ako about the new exhibit, Nani I Ka Hala, open from March 28 to July 27, 2015 in the Bishop Museum's Long Gallery. The exhibit explores the art, science, and cultural importance of the hala tree and showcases dozens of fine examples of ...…
 
In this video podcast, produced in conjunction with the exhibition Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Museé d’Orsay, Associate Curator Emily A. Beeny discusses James McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, also called "Portrait of the Artist’s Mother," widely regarded as one of the greatest works of American art to date. Th ...…
 
In this video podcast, produced in conjunction with the exhibition Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Museé d’Orsay, Associate Curator Emily A. Beeny explores the relationship between artist and sitter through a brief history of this intimate portrait. The painting is on view at the Norton Simon Museum from March 27 through June 22, 2015.…
 
In this video podcast, produced in conjunction with the exhibition Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Museé d’Orsay, Associate Curator Emily A. Beeny explores Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players, and the collapse of the artist's relationship with writer and childhood friend Émile Zola. The painting is on view at the Norton Simon Museum from M ...…
 
Bishop Museum’s Traditions of the Pacific series brings an evening of story, sharing, and aloha that explores the artistic, cultural, and biological expressions of limu and kupe‘e with artists and cultural practitioners, Sig Zane, and his son, Kuha‘o Zane, from Keaukaha, Hilo, Island of Hawai‘i. Mahalo to the Queen’s Health Systems for their ge ...…
 
The Norton Simon Museum and its iconic rose placard are seen by millions of viewers—both in the grandstand and at home watching television—every New Year’s Day. This short video looks back at the history of the Rose Parade and how Mr. Simon increased the Museum’s visibility during this event to make it an integral part of this New Year’s tradition.…
 
In this audio podcast, Chief Curator Carol Togneri talks to Mary Morton, Curator and Head of the Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, about the fascinating history of Manet’s masterpiece The Railway. Produced in conjunction with the installation of that painting at the Museum from December 5, 2014 through ...…
 
Chief Curator Carol Togneri narrates this fascinating story of Norton Simon’s purchase of the famed Duveen Brothers Gallery in 1964. Some of the most important artworks that came from that purchase are highlighted, as well as two paintings that are rarely on view due to their condition and questionable attribution. This video was created in con ...…
 
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