The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to host walking tours of the Murals of La Jolla. Tours start at the Athenaeum the last Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. Join fellow art enthusiasts and learn more about the artists and their artworks created specifically for Murals of La Jolla during a guided walking tour led by project curator Lynda Forsha.During the tour you will learn more about each artist and the type of work they make beyond the Murals of La Jolla Project. Each mural has its own story and by the end of the tour you will know more about the inspiration and concept behind each image.
Thirteen murals are currently on view, and each tour features more than half of these. The route changes each time to accommodate new murals and is approximately 90 minutes. It is a gentle walk around the village but we ask participants to please wear comfortable shoes. We will end the tour with a wrap-up reception at the Athenaeum.
Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation, is a project of the Athenaeum. Murals of La Jolla demonstrates that commissioning artists to create works for public spaces brings energy and vitality to a community.
Over the past four years, large-scale artworks have appeared in a variety of locations throughout the village of La Jolla, some prominently displayed while others are tucked away in more discreet locations.
To date, new works by John Baldessari, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie and Fred Tomaselli have been installed throughout La Jolla.
Athenaeum Book Sale!
Holiday Bookstore in the Athenaeum Studio
December 2-30, 2014, 10AM-5PM, Tuesday-Saturday
Over the last few years it has become a tradition at the Athenaeum to set up a holiday bookstore in the La Jolla Studio during the school hiatus from just after Thanksgiving to the New Year. Members and visitors alike have enjoyed browsing among art, literature, music, history books, among others, and vinyl records and CDs. A couple of Athenaeum artisans have also had jewelry and artwork, including one-of-a-kind cards, on sale. It is a festive event.
Write Out Loud
Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:30PM
$12 members, $17 nonmembers
Orpheus Speaks, a series especially created for the Athenaeum by Write Out Loud, in which all the stories deal with the arts and artists in a wide variety of contexts. Stories range from the rarely read classics to very new and contemporary treasures. Write Out Loud is particularly fond of digging a forgotten gem out of its jewelry box and letting it glitter again in the light. The performances are invariably delightful, moving and amusing.
Athenaeum Baja Trip: Appreciating Artists and Wine of the Border
Friday, October 24, 2014, 8AM-8PM (approximate times)
Limited to 35 Participants
$130 member, $150 nonmembers
Please call 858 454 5872 to reserve your spot!
Defined by Newsweek as "one of the most important new cultural meccas," the work of Tijuana's artist community is receiving international recognition. Active independent artists, many self-taught, express in their work a natural response to social issues such as the city's and the border's rapid growth, environmental challenges, and the controversial implications of its strategic proximity to the United States. The trip begins at 8 a.m. at the Athenaeum and will include a visit to La Caja Gallery to see the work of a collection of Tijuana artists followed by a private lunch at one of the medium size, family owned wineries in Guadalupe Valley. Learn the process for producing premium wines followed by wine tasting. We will return to Tijuana by the inland route and stop in Tijuana at CECUT Cultural Center. The visit includes El Cubo gallery, which promotes emerging local artists, and Alvaro Blancarte's mural entitled Origenes. We will arrive back in San Diego at approximately 8 p.m. Participants will need a valid passport.
The Athenaeum thanks Karl Strauss for their support of our special events.