Event Details

May 18, 2022
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Zoom meeting

Journey to Mount Tamalpais is a meditation on life and art and, although it is a slim volume, it provides many opportunities for discussion.

Etel Adnan (1925–2021), whose work is on view in the current exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World 1950s–1980s, was born in Lebanon to a Greek Orthodox mother and an Ottoman Turk father. She lived in Paris, California, and Beirut, and spoke and wrote in many different languages. When Adnan’s department chair at the Dominican University of California asked her whether, as a Professor of the Philosophy of Art, she painted, Adnan said no. She then became a painter in addition to being a poet and a writer.

Join Johnson Museum curators Ellen Avril and Andrea Inselmann, along with Museum educator Maryterese Pasquale-Bowen, as we explore the intertwining of Adnan’s life, art, and writing. Another painting by Adnan, Planète 8 (2019), was recently acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection. (At right, image © Estate of Etel Adnan. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.)

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