Yaacov Agam. Beating Heart + 18 Stars of David (detail), 1986. Stainless steel. Shalom Meir Center, Jerusalem. Photo by Gila Brand.


Art in Israel

New Horizons and Contemporary Visions

Wednesdays, May 1, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

About the Program

Contemporary Israeli art was born from immigrant communities searching for a collective expressive identity in a newly won state. In this lecture-based class, gain an understanding of the international impact of Israeli artists of our time. Explore the art colony of Safed and the open-air sculpture gardens in Haifa. Be enchanted with Yaacov Agam’s kinetic installations of ever-changing color. And discover how Israeli realism shocks with its harshness as it flirts with the sacred. 

Instructor: John Paul Thornton is the author of the book Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire the Artist-Warrior Within. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been honored by the California State Senate as well as the United States Congress for his programs promoting art, personal growth, and education.

“It is a rare opportunity to learn from a person of this high quality and knowledge.”—former Skirball student