Sep
14
12:30pm12:30pm

USC’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics on the Ruskinian topic: “Beauty as a Public Good”

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Earlier that same day as our 18th annual lecture, Prof. Woodson-Boulton will have a conversation with students of USC’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics on the Ruskinian topic: “Beauty as a Public Good”

Lunch provided. The public is invited. To RSVP, visit the USC Dornsife website: www.dornsife.usc.edu/levan-institute

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Sep
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

18th annual Ruskin Lecture by Professor Amy Woodson-Boulton on: “Ruskin’s Truths in the Age of Fake News”

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DETAILS

5:30pm Reception • 6pm Lecture • 7pm Discussion

Open to the public. Free admission.

Traditionally, September is one of the most exciting months in the RAC calendar each year. At its heart is the annual Ruskin Lecture at the Doheny Memorial Library, USC, our annual opportunity to reflect publicly on John Ruskin’s vision and its application to the issues of our time. The 18th annual Ruskin Lecture will be at 6:00pm, delivered by Prof. Amy Woodson-Boulton on the timely topic: “Ruskin’s Truths in the Age of Fake News” 

Amy Woodson-Boulton is associate professor of British and Irish history and recent past chair of the history department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The lecture will be preceded at 5:30pm by an exhibition of historic books and documents from the Ruskin Art Club archive in the Feuchtwanger Room, Special Collections and a reception of hors d’oeuvres and beverages

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Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

Symposium on Ruskin and William Morris in our time: “How We Live and How We Might Live”

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Ruskin Art Club members and friends are invited to participate in a one-day symposium on Ruskin and William Morris in our time entitled: “How We Live and How We Might Live.”

Speakers include: Clive Wilmer (Master of the Guild of St. George) and 2015’s Ruskin Lecturer, Amy Woodson-Boulton (LMU), Sara Atwood (Portland State University), last year’s Ruskin Lecturer, James Spates (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) and Nicholas Friend (Inscape Cultural Study Society).

$45-general / $20-students — purchase tickets at  ruskinmorris.brownpapertickets.com

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Jun
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

FIELD TRIP: TOUR OF THE STUDIO OF WEAVER/FIBER ARTIST RUTH KATZENSTEIN SOUZA 'MENDING AS METAPHOR"

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Join us for our second "field trip" of the year, a tour of the studio of weaver Ruth Katzenstein Souza. The artist will be on hand to lead us through her remarkable body of work, which, in part, involves the artistic reuse of found and discarded materials. She will also do a presentation on the philosophical and ecological dimensions of her work. Visit her website at ruthkatzensteinsouza.com. Space is limited; reservations required. Make reservations at grmncr@aol.com or on our Facebook page.

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Jun
3
11:00am11:00am

THE ANNUAL RUSKIN ART CLUB MEMBERS AND FRIENDS PICNIC AT THE JUDSON STUDIOS

Join us for the Ruskin Art Club's annual summer event at the historic Judson Studios, featuring a catered picnic lunch, entertainment, and guided tours of the Judson Studios, since 1897 the Southland's premier producer of architectural glass. The event is open to the public and free of charge. The afternoon will include previews of upcoming Ruskin Art Club events in 2017 and 2018 and presentations on the latest projects of the Judson Studios team. This year's picnic will also feature a readers' theater presentation of Ruskin's children's story, "King of the Golden River,"a treat for the whole family. Reservations required. RSVP at grmncr@aol.com or on our Facebook page.

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“THE EXILES” AND THE CHALLENGE OF POVERTY: A Screening and a Conversation
Feb
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

“THE EXILES” AND THE CHALLENGE OF POVERTY: A Screening and a Conversation

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The Ruskin Art Club, The Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics (USC), and the USC School of Cinematic Arts presents: “THE EXILES” AND THE CHALLENGE OF POVERTY: A Screening and a Conversation

Featuring Ron Austin, one of the film’s producers, in conversation with Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson, director of the Levan Institute. Screening followed by conversation and Q&A.

“The Exiles,” a feature-length documentary portrayal of Native Americans living near LA’s Skid Row provides a remarkable glimpse into the daily reality of their lives. Filmed in the late 1950s, “The Exiles” reflected the growing alienation of many young Americans at the time. From the perspective of more than half a century, “The Exiles” raises still-pertinent questions about the nature of contemporary urban poverty. The loss of community, of stable relationships now even more endemic than it was in the 1950s, these portrayals may help us redefine the poverty around us in broader and more meaningful terms than simple economic deprivation. Now deemed a “classic” by the Library of Congress, “The Exiles” is also celebrated as a notable cinematic achievement of the period and an early example of what came to be known as cinema verite.

You are invited to join Ron Austin, one of the film’s producers, in a post-screening discussion of the film and its many implications.

Ron Austin, a veteran writer and producer, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; twice honored by the Writers Guild of America, he served for several years on the faculty of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is currently the president of the Ruskin Art Club.

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“RUSTED IS LIVING, POLISHED IS DEAD”: Ruskin’s idea in poems by William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore
Jan
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

“RUSTED IS LIVING, POLISHED IS DEAD”: Ruskin’s idea in poems by William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore

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THE RUSKIN ART CLUB PRESENTS: A LECTURE/READING BY U.S POET LAUREATE ROBERT PINSKY


• Lecture followed by reception; Q&A moderated by Lynne Thompson
• The event is free of charge for Ruskin Art Club members/Mount Saint Mary students & faculty
• $10 general admission / $5 for students and seniors
• Free parking

For further information, visit our Ruskin Art Club Group on Facebook.


John Ruskin’s lecture “The Work of Iron in Nature, Art, and Policy” formulates a characteristic element of modernism in American poetry that is also a vitalizing tenet of American democracy: that purity is inert, while mixing is alive. Ruskin’s praise of rust and other forms of oxidation is consistent with, and possibly a source for, the celebration of hybrids, improvisations, and fluidities in poems by William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore. Robert Pinsky will talk on this topic in an informal, improvised way. 

Award-winning poet, translator, essayist, teacher and cultural commentator, ROBERT PINSKY served as United States Poet Laureate for an unprecedented three terms (1997-2000). Pinsky’s landmark best-selling translation of Dante’s Inferno received the LA Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. His newest book is a collection of poetry entitled At the Foundling Hospital (2016). Pinsky frequently performs his poems with eminent jazz musicians and is the author of several opera libretti. His Tanner Lectures at Princeton in 2002 were published as Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry and his Campbell lectures at Rice University (2009) were issued as Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

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Poetry at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)/co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club Two October readings: Elena Karina Byrne
Oct
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

Poetry at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)/co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club Two October readings: Elena Karina Byrne

A special reading by author Elena Karina Byrne from her new book of poems, Squander (Omnidawn, 2016). This program includes readings from poets Kelli Anne Noftle, Cathy Colman, Sholeh Wolpe, Gail Wronsky, and Amy Newlove Schroeder. Book signing/reception follows the reading. The event is open to the public; admission is free. Co-sponsored by CAFAM and the Ruskin Art Club. 

 

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Poetry at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)/co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club Two October readings: Stephen Yenser
Oct
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Poetry at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)/co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club Two October readings: Stephen Yenser

Distinguished poet and critic Stephen Yenser reads from his new book of poems, Stone Fruit, published by Waywiser Press, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Sunday, October 9, at 5pm. Book signing/Cheese and wine reception following the reading. The event, the first reading of Yenser's new work in the Los Angeles area, is co- sponsored by the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the historic Ruskin Art Club. The event is open to the public; admission is free.

Stephen Yenser is an American poet and literary critic who has published two acclaimed volumes of verse as well as books on James Merrill, Robert Lowell and contemporary American poetry. With J.D. McClatchy, he is co-literary executor of the James Merrill estate and co-editor of four volumes of Merrill's work. Yenser is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA, where he has received the Harvey L. Eby Award for the Art of Teaching. He curates the Hammer Poetry Readings at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.  

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THE RUSKIN LECTURE 2016 — Prof. Sara Atwood: “‘A pile of feathers’: Valuing Education in a Market Society”
Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

THE RUSKIN LECTURE 2016 — Prof. Sara Atwood: “‘A pile of feathers’: Valuing Education in a Market Society”

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The Ruskin Lecture  — “‘A pile of feathers’: Valuing Education in a Market Society” 

In recent years, the market has extended its reach ever more alarmingly into schools, universities, and educational reform initiatives. More and more, education is equated primarily with national and global economic success. Increased emphasis on testing, standardization, and measurement, a decrease in fine arts programs, and a growing tendency to treat students as consumers, point to a disturbing shift in our understanding of the value of education.  At the same time, there is a growing lack of preparedness, curiosity, and cultural literacy amongst students. Today, disagreement persists about access, curricula, standards, teacher training and other subjects. Sara Atwood will consider how Ruskin’s ideas might productively inform our educational debates. 

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The Levan Institute Lecture — Prof. Sara Atwood: "'From the king's son downwards': Modern Education and the Wisdom of the Hands"
Aug
31
11:30am11:30am

The Levan Institute Lecture — Prof. Sara Atwood: "'From the king's son downwards': Modern Education and the Wisdom of the Hands"

“‘From the King’s son downwards’: Modern Education and the Wisdom of the Hands

During the 1990s, a calculated process of ‘de-skilling’ was aimed at preparing students for employment in the ‘information age,’ in which technology would supersede hand work. Today, this deliberately-imposed division between thinking and doing has only widened. This is of course a false and artificial division that ignores the vital importance of tactile learning—an essential element of education that complements, extends, and enriches academic study. The rejection of hand work is related to our utilitarian, market-driven educational model and to our faith in the power of technology. Ruskin proposed an alternative, integrative program of education in which intellectual, manual and ethical elements combine to form men and women capable of seeing the world around them clearly, governed by affection and fellowship, and well-fitted to work towards “a better world than this.” Today, our preoccupation with how to educate—with curricula, standards, targets, content delivery, and assessment—has skewed our understanding of why we educate. Sara Atwood will discuss the importance of hand work in education and the negative effects of its absence in modern mainstream schooling.

Co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Southern California.

Lunch will be provided.

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Friends & Members Picnic at the Judson Studios & Bullseye Glass Facility
Jun
25
11:00am11:00am

Friends & Members Picnic at the Judson Studios & Bullseye Glass Facility

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We are delighted to revive an old Ruskin Art Club tradition this year with our annual Friends & Members Picnic at the Judson Studios in the historic Arroyo Seco.

PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE OF THE HIGH TEMPERATURES FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 25 IN HIGHLAND PARK, WE HAVE DECIDED TO MOVE THE RUSKIN ART CLUB MEMBERS & FRIENDS PICNIC INDOORS.

The event is free to all members, member families, to friends and those interested in knowing more about the mission and activities of Los Angeles' oldest cultural and arts association. There is ample parking at the venue.

The Ruskin Art Club will provide an elegant picnic at the New Judson Studios & Bullseye Glass Facility, with music to accompany the festivities. Leaders of the Ruskin Art Club will also outline the developing mission of the nearly 130-year-old club and its annual program of lectures and special events. 

The staff of the historic Judson Studios, since 1897 one of the world's leading creators of handcrafted architectural glass, will take us on a fascinating tour of their 1911 headquarters, both a national and LA City historical landmark, stained glass projects and expanding operations.

Please join us for this festive summer social event!

AFTER THE PICNIC, WE WILL CARPOOL TO THE HISTORIC JUDSON STUDIOS ON S. AVE. 66 FOR A TOUR OF OPERATIONS THERE, INCLUDING A CHANCE TO VIEW THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT UNITY TEMPLE PANELS JUDSON IS CURRENTLY RESTORING.

Please visit the Judson website at: www.judsonstudios.com

If there are questions or RSVPs, please email: grmncr@aol.com.

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Film screening/panel discussion & reception “MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: THE LIFE AND VISION OF LILIAS TROTTER”
Feb
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film screening/panel discussion & reception “MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: THE LIFE AND VISION OF LILIAS TROTTER”

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“MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: THE LIFE AND VISION OF LILIAS TROTTER” 

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson

From Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa (Dreams, Ran) comes the untold story of one of the Victorian age’s greatest women artists. Many Beautiful Things plunges viewers into the complex age of Victorian England to meet Lilias Trotter, a daring young woman who won the favor of England’s top art critic, John Ruskin. Ruskin believed that, with sacrificial effort, her work could be “immortal.” But with her legacy on the line, Lilias made a stunning decision: to abandon a promising career in art for missionary work in North Africa. Told through the eyes of Miriam Rockness, an amateur scholar in her late-70s,who became a significant expert on the life and work of Lilias Trotter, the film challenges viewers to question the meaning of real success and what is truly a life well lived.

Co-sponsored by the Ruskin Art Club, the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, and the USC School of Cinematic Art

Admission is free — For further information, call (310) 640-0710. To make reservations, go to the USC School of Cinematic Arts website: cinema.usc.edu/events/reservations. Seating is limited.

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DAVID ULIN LECTURES ABOUT HIS NEWEST BOOK: SIDEWALKING - COMING TO TERMS WITH LOS ANGELES
Nov
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

DAVID ULIN LECTURES ABOUT HIS NEWEST BOOK: SIDEWALKING - COMING TO TERMS WITH LOS ANGELES

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David Ulin's lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of Los Angeles as an urban environment and a reception. Books will be available for signing. On· Sunday, November 8 (time to be announced), Ulin will lead a walking tour of downtown LA.

+  Located at MSMU (Doheny) in The Parlor - Building #10

+ Lecture/panel discussion/reception: $10/Admission free of charge to Ruskin Art Club members and MSMU students (RAC membership cards or student IDs required).

+ Walking tour on Sunday (Nov.8): $35 / $25 for Ruskin Art Club members and MSMU students.

"What does this city mean, both on its own terms and in the context of our thinking about "city" as a concept? For Ulin, it is a question of going back to the future, of looking for connections between the Los Angeles of a century ago and the Los Angeles of today. Ulin will look at and discuss Los Angeles through a wide arc of history, by which some of its incongruities, as well as its present state of evolution, begin to make more coherent sense. "

DAVID L ULIN is the author, most recently, of SIDEWALKING: COMING TO TERMS WITH LOS ANGELES. His other books include THE LOST ART OF READING: WHY BOOKS MATTER IN A DISTRACTED WORLD and the Library of America's WRITING LOS ANGELES: A LITERARY ANTHOLOGY, which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is book critic of the LA Times.

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Beyond Baroque Poetry Reading with Clive Wilmer
Sep
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Beyond Baroque Poetry Reading with Clive Wilmer

Beyond Baroque, in Venice, CA will host a poetry reading with Clive Wilmer at 8pm in the theater. General admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors, and Beyond Baroque members have free entry. 


Since 2009, CLIVE WILMER has been Master of St. George Guild, the charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871. He is also Emeritus Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University, and an Honorary Patron of the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow. In the first half of 2015, he was a Visiting Professor at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. In 1985 he edited “Unto This Last and Other Writings by John Ruskin” for Penguin Classics, and is the author of seven books of poetry, including “New and Collected Poems” (Carcanet, 2012).

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Ruskin Art Club & USC Co-Sponsor the 16th Annual "Ruskin" Lecture
Sep
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ruskin Art Club & USC Co-Sponsor the 16th Annual "Ruskin" Lecture

The Ruskin Art Club, founded in 1888, and LA’s oldest cultural and arts association, hosts its annual “Ruskin” Lecture this year at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Library. Professor Clive Wilmer, the Master of the St. George Guild in the UK, a charity founded by art and social critic John Ruskin in 1871, and a distinguished poet, literary critic, translator, and Ruskin scholar, will speak on the topic: “Ruskin’s Language: How a Victorian Prophet Uses Words” on Thursday, September 3 at the USC’s Doheny Library (#240). A reception at 7pm, which will include an exhibition of rare historic Ruskin Art Club books and documents from the Doheny Library Special Collections, along with a selection of fine California food and wine, will be followed by the lecture at 8pm. Admission is free.

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Lecture on Human Nature and Natural Abundance: John Ruskin and the Environment
Sep
2
12:00pm12:00pm

Lecture on Human Nature and Natural Abundance: John Ruskin and the Environment

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On Wednesday, September 2, the Ruskin Art Club will partner with the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics at USC in hosting a timely lecture on Ruskin and environmentalism. Professor Clive Wilmer will speak on the topic: “Human Nature and Natural Abundance: John Ruskin and the Environment” at the Doheny Library (#241) from 12:00pm -1:30pm. Lunch is included. The public is welcome and admission is free.

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