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Dr. Joan Lipton's Fall 2016 Art History Lecture Series 

The following topics will be explored in this fully illustrated series:

Class 1: Major Art Movements across the Centuries: From the Classical to the Romantic

Class 2: Major Art Movements across the Centuries: From the Realistic to the Futuristic

Class 3: Italy’s Treasured Cities and Their Famous Artists: From Sicily- Agrigento, Taormina, La Piazza Armerina. From the Mainland- Naples, Rome, Siena and Florence

Class 4: Italy’s Treasured Cities and Their Famous Artists: Ravenns, Pisa, Padua, Vincenza and Environs, Venice and Milan

Class 5: The Varied Painted and Sculpted Expressions of Love Throughout the Centuries

Thursdays, November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15 | 1:00-2:30 pm
All Classes: $50 Member ● $70 Guest
Each Class: $12 Member ● $16 Guest

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Stars of Opera: "Jan Peerce- If I Were A Rich Man" 

Facilitated by Maestro Giuseppe Albanese, this documentary looks at legendary Jewish American tenor, Jan Peerce including his music as well as personal life. Peerce, after establishing an important reputation in radio and on the concert stage, became an integral part of the Metropolitan Opera’s history throughout his nearly thirty seasons with the company. His amazing vocal longevity, which is indicative of the thoroughness of his vocal technique, kept him active on stage and on recordings well into his seventies. Q and A will follow the film.

Instructor: Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled the Joy of Opera. A recipient of the Lifelong Learning Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Mr. Albanese currently presents opera courses at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, as well as lectures to many organizations.

Wednesday, December 14 | 7:00-8:30 pm 
$10 Member ● $14 Guest

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The Florida Highwaymen: Their Story and Art 

In the 1950’s, a small group of now legendary African American artists developed a rapid style of painting that captured Florida’s beauty. Centered in the Ft. Pierce area, they were not accepted into galleries because of racial segregation. Instead, they travelled the roads selling their art out of the trunks of their cars to business owners, real estate and lawyers’ offices, banks and others along the way. Overcoming obstacles and earning a living, their story is the American success story. Roger Lightle first learned of the Florida Highwaymen in 1999 and became very involved in all things relating to them.
He initially started out as a collector, then curated artwork for museum exhibitions, and eventually started Highwaymen Art Specialists to showcase their artwork and bring it and the artists’ story to the public.

Mandel JCC thanks the Lightles for allowing us to display the work of the Florida Highwaymen in our Lyons Art Gallery during Arts Week, January 7 – 12, 2017.

Sunday, January 8 | 1:00-3:00 pm
Free & Open to the Community

Great Composers of the American Songbook

Join us for ninety minutes of song and story touching on five of the great composers of the American Songbook: Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Harold Arlen. This combination concert and lecture will also trace their Eastern European roots and how they influenced their work. Harvey Granat, singer, Broadway producer, and music historian performs at many supper clubs, resorts and cultural venues including Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, McCallum Theater in Palm Springs, and The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. Granat co-produced 4-time Academy- Award-winning songwriter, Sammy Cahn, on Broadway in Words and Music. He has served on the board of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, and also has a successful series at the 92nd Street Y “Harvey Granat manages to make The American Songbook come to life with his highly informative and entertaining series at 92Y” – The Times Square Chronicles

Thursday, January 12 | 7:00-8:30 pm
$12 Member ● $17 Guest

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Beverly Sills: Made in America

From child performer to America’s queen of opera, Beverly Sills lived the American dream. Facilitated by Maestro Giuseppe Albanese, this documentary traces Sills’ legendary journey through interviews, and performances through excerpts from her signature roles. Q and A will follow the film.

Wednesday, January 25 | 7:00-8:30 pm
$10 Member ● $14 Guest

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Dr. Joan's Winter 2017 Art History Lecture Series

The following topics will be explored in this fully illustrated series:

Class 1: Partners in Art: The Averys and the 
Class 2: Partners in Art: Painters and Poets in NYC in the 1950s
Class 3: Partners in Art: Vuillard and Bonnard Class 4: Highlights of American Art: From Colonial Art to the End of the Civil War 
Class 5: Highlights of American Art: From the American Renaissance to the Varied Phases of Realism

Thursdays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 1:00-2:30 pm
All Classes: $50 Member ● $70 Guest
Each Class: $12 Member ● $16 Guest

Register for Joan Lipton's Winter Program>>

Spend the Day at the J with Joan

In the morning, enjoy an encore art history talk you may have missed; take time out for lunch, and then attend a lecture from Dr. Lipton’s new series in the afternoon. On these special days, those attending Dr. Lipton’s lectures may order lunch, for an additional fee, when they register in advance for the class(es).

Instructor: Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is an experienced art historian-lecturer and a dedicated scholar with the desire to promote
the study of art and culture in her audiences. She earned a Master’s degree in art history from Hunter College, with a specialization in the Renaissance, and a PhD in art history, from The Graduate Center of the City of New York, with a specialization in 19th and 20th century art.

From her treasury of wonderful lectures, Dr. Lipton presents two favorites.

Class 1: The Art and Legacy of Van Gogh
Class 2: The Art and Legacy of Michelangelo

Thursdays, February 16, 23 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Both Classes: $20 Member ● $28 Guest
Each Class: $12 Member ● $16 Guest

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From Ponzi to Picasso

No stranger to the world of art, in her first novel, From Ponzi to Picasso, Rochelle Ohrstrom looks at how a financial crisis  impacts the establishment and gives an insider’s view of the murky side of the contemporary art world. Is the art the public buys made popular through marketing ploys, or is it truly a work of art? Caveat Emptor! Rochelle Ohrstrom has participated in the art world as a painter, collector, and patron. Her work has been collected by the Vassar and Syracuse museums, and she was a guest artist of the government of the Dominican Republic. As a collector and board member of museum committees, she has spent time at the cutting-edge of art from Beijing to Tehran and Dubai. Multi-talented, she has produced several television shows, directed several commercials, and was CEO of a nationally recognized company.

Sunday, February 26 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm
$15 Member ● $18 Guest (Brunch included)
Registration is Required by February 21

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Tenor Luciano Pavarotti had arguably, the most recognizable voice in the world. His career spanned over 40 years, from an American debut at the Greater Miami Opera to a farewell tour which included a stop in that same city. This documentary, facilitated by Maestro Albanese, will look at the personality and exquisite artistry of the tenor who did more to introduce people to the world of opera than any other single opera star since Enrico Caruso. Q and A will follow the film.

Wednesday, March 1 | 7:00-8:30 pm
$10 Member ● $14 Guest

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Mosaic: A Jewish Cultural Voyage

Mosaic takes us on a Jewish Cultural Voyage through a blend of lecture, dance, and magic. Our journey starts on the Silk Road where Jewish merchants played an important role. Then it’s on to the Oriental Mizrahi Jews, the Sefardic communities, Israel, the Shtetls in Eastern Europe, and stops with Shabbat which is celebrated by Jewish people around the world. Performers: Yonina and Miriam have performed for many international Jewish related occasions such as the Jaffo and Akko festivals in Israel, the International Women Cantors Network Congress in the U.S., the Limmud in the Netherlands, and have appeared on numerous television programs. Yonina is a graduate of the School of Performing Arts and the Martha Graham School of Dance. Miriam is a classically trained dancer and drummer.

Sunday, March 19 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm
$15 Member ● $18 Guest (Brunch included)
Registration is Required by March 13

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