Art, Music & Theater

Amanda Mikolic
Wednesdays, January 20-February 10|1-2:30 p.m. ET
Charlene Mileti
Mondays, January 25-March 15|10 - 11:30 a.m. ET

In 1601, Michelangelo Merisi, known famously as Caravaggio, was at the height of his fame throughout Italy. Coming 50 years after the Renaissance, Caravaggio changed the course and vision of painting for all time. Each of his paintings created a scandal or was immediately hailed as a masterpiece, often both simultaneously.

Cleveland Museum of Art Staff
Tuesdays, January 26-March 2|10-11 a.m. ET

In conjunction with the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage, which shows rarely seen collection works to tell new and untold stories about art objects and museums, this six-session course will expose and critically explore many of the foundational principles that have shaped understandings of art and art museum practice.

Larry Josefovitz
Wednesdays, February 3-24|1-3 p.m. ET

The core repertoire of Verdi and Wagner owes much to the works of their great predecessors. Wagner sought Meyerbeer's influence, emulated him, and later reviled him in his essay, Judaism in Music. His admiration for Halevy's 1835 opera La Juive (The Jewess) however, was lifelong.

Terry Meehan
Wednesdays, February 3–24|7-8:30 p.m. ET

Before he set sail for America in the late 1930s, Alfred Hitchcock helped invent the British film industry. We will discover how the master of suspense got his start in the movies as we share our thoughts on four of his early masterpieces: Blackmail (1929), The 39 Steps (1935), Young and Innocent (1937), and The Lady Vanishes (1938).

Lee Makela
Thursdays, February 4–March 4|1:30-3:30 p.m. ET

Although often seen simply as a form of traditional Japanese dress, one essentially unchanged for centuries, the kimono might better be viewed as an evolving fashion statement exerting influence on haute-couture across the world for centuries.

Eric Kisch
Mondays, March 1-April 12 (no class March 29)|1:30-3 p.m. ET

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this course is a timely tribute to the contribution women artists have made to great music.

Karen Laurence
Mondays, March 1-April 5|3-4:30 p.m. ET

The ancient Athenians repulsed the Achaemenid Persian Empire in 490 and again in 480 BCE, at the famous battles of Marathon, Salamis, and Plataea. The Persian Wars had tremendous impacts on all aspects of Athenian society, including architecture and art.

Stephen Arnoff
Wednesdays, March 17–April 21|1:30-3:30 p.m. ET

“I practice a faith that's been long abandoned/Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road” (Bob Dylan, "Ain't Talkin'”, 2006)

Terri Mester
Thursdays, March 18–April 22|1:30-3:30 p.m. ET

One way that humans understand themselves is to consider themselves in contrast to some counter entity -- an “other” -- against which the self can be understood. This “other,” though perhaps based on knowledge of a real person or people, is always shaped by the self’s projected fears and desires.