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Artful Weekend April 17-19

Welcome to Artful Weekend At Home, our guide to fun and interesting ways to enjoy and engage in art as you shelter-in-place. 

This weekend: The League’s online  bounty, Degas on your screen, artist ah-ha! moments, and more!



Art League Online Offerings

Drawing Animals, taught by Milena Spasic, is a family-friendly online art course.

Spend some downtime this weekend checking out the cool things that we are doing online. To keep your creativity flowing, we now have online classes—drawing, painting, weaving, and more— that you can take from home. There is even a prompt for ordering the supplies you’ll need. Several of our instructors are creating short video demos in their areas of expertise. Here’s one by ceramics chair Blair Meerfeld. Stay tuned for more! Haven’t viewed our April Open Exhibit yet? You can see it in its entirety on our Flickr album.  After you are done, read juror Dana Self’s  comments about her award-winning picks, and Teresa Oaxaca’s explanation of her best-in-show painting. Stave off at-home boredom with  fun and interesting art projects devised by our Creative Minds Squad. The latest one, Mapping Your Day, was created by gallery director Ali Wunder. Keep abreast of the latest open calls, fellowships and residencies on our weekly Artist Opportunities listing.


Artists at Work

Jack Whitten, Daniel Gordon, Shahzia Sikander, Marina Abramović, and Eleanor Antin are featured in the six-series digital documentary “Artist Pivots.”

Art21’s digital documentaries reveal the working lives of today’s most innovative artists. Tune in for Artist Pivots, which captures the “big pivot” moments of six individual artists as they bounce between mediums, experiment with techniques, and introduce new approaches to their creative practices. Artist Pivots airs at 11:30, 3:30, and 7:30 Eastern Time daily on Art21.live through April 22.


Degas Virtually

Edgar Degas, The Orchestra of the Opéra, 1870, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The much anticipated Degas at the Opera was open for less than two weeks before the National Gallery of Art closed. Fortunately, the museum has gathered a selection of opportunities to experience the first show dedicated to Edgar Degas’s fascination with the Opéra—its spaces, the music, and the people involved with the thriving theatrical life of 19th-century Paris. The online presentation includes research on the Gallery’s collection of works by Degas (the world’s third-largest), a video discussion with curator Kimberly Jones, and footage of the exhibit captured on the last day the Gallery was open.


An Artist Rediscovered

“Ave de paraiso florecido (Flowering bird of paradise)” by Feliciano Centurión

The colorful works of the late Paraguayan textile artist Feliciano Centurión have been largely overlooked until recently. He created textile works engaging with folk art and queer aesthetics in 1990s South America. Through the embroidery and painting of vernacular objects such as blankets and aprons, Centurión rendered poetic readings of his youth in the tropics, his love experiences in the metropolis, and his spiritual reflections before his untimely death of AIDS-related illness in 1996.  See Abrigo, the first U.S. solo exhibition of his work, on virtual display at Americas Society.


Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy your weekend.

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