Magic Realism

Leonora Carrington sculpture © Barna Tanko/Shutterstock


Magic Realism

Art and Mexico

Wednesdays, January 24–February 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

About the Program

Examine an artistic style where dreams and reality are indistinguishable, where the spiritual and the worldly collide.

Through rich visual imagery and an analysis of symbolism and iconography, explore the impact Mexican culture had upon great talents—Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington—and how magic realism, a distinctly literary language born from revolution, still urgently appeals today.

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

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