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[Past Event] James Fitzgerald [Seeking Eden] | In-Person

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Course Description:

"Seeking Eden: James Fitzgerald in Monterey" is the title of the Monterey Museum of Art’s preeminent exhibition this winter (Jan. 13 – Apr. 24, 2022) which sheds light on an artist whose modernist watercolors, grounded in a voracious interest in Eastern and Western philosophy, blossom under scrutiny. In 1929, James Fitzgerald stumbled somewhat serendipitously upon the Central Coast and, like so many of us, responded immediately and deeply to its natural beauty. He spent 14 years in Monterey, becoming a part of a circle of intellectual and bohemian friends including John Steinbeck, Krishnamurti, Robinson Jeffers, and Joseph Campbell. Reflecting the influence of Chinese thought and technique, Fitzgerald was interested in painting the spirit, the essence of his subject, be it a horse or a fishing dory, embracing the expressive and intimate qualities of watercolor, considered a modernist medium at the time. Our second session will feature an in-person tour of the exhibition.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Talk: Thursday, Feb 17 *2:00 - 3:30pm*
Field: Thursday, Feb. 24 *2:00 - 3:00pm*


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited. Field location will be at the Monterey Museum of Art.


Lila Thorsen, Ph.D., retired from teaching in, and chairing, the Visual and Public Art Department at CSUMB. Her scholarly focus is Museum Studies.