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Writing in Response to the Art at LACMA

Memories and thoughts on food get inspiration from artwork at LACMA: Abraham van Beyeren (Holland, 1620-1690) Banquet Still Life, 1667, Oil on Canvas Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of The Ahmanson Foundation

Have an urge to write, but need the impetus to get going? How about sitting in a cool gallery at LACMA getting inspiration from artwork and a trained writing professional?

A new program, Art Muse LA will be the first in a series of art/writing workshops from the community of art professionals working to bring special tours and unusual programming to the museums of our city. The first museum-based writing program will take place September 17, 2013 at LACMA from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm.

The food-and-table related art on view at LACMA will be the prompts for two to three very short open-ended and fluid writing “exercises,” which will take place within a safe supportive group in select museum galleries, the Buzz learned from Paula Panich who will lead the workshop.

“The workshop will be an opportunity to engage with art to awaken sensation and memory for the purpose of unveiling personal history relating to food, memory, family, and history,” Panich told the Buzz.

Larchmont resident 
Paula Panich, who writes, teaches, travels, and cooks, will lead the workshop. Her definition of happiness?  “Knowing that at my encouragement, someone somewhere is writing.”

Panich has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. The Cook, the Landlord, the Countess and Her Lover, a collection of memoir-ish essays about food, memory, and history, will be published next year. Her work and blog is found at The Literary Gardener.  She moved to Larchmont in 2009.

The workshop is free and open to the first 12 adults who email to register. Participants will be required to pay the museum entrance fee of  $10, LACMA members of course are free. Parking in the garage is also $10, street parking is also available.

Art Muse Los Angeles is a community of art historians, artists and educators who offer small groups private museum tours throughout the LA region. They are dedicated scholars and enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their knowledge of art with a lay audience as well as connoisseurs and collectors, and can tailor their presentations to each type of visitor. Their fee-based tours draw on current research and a range of approaches to inspire curiosity, encourage close looking and invite dialogue. In an increasingly virtual world, they promise an authentic experience of unique art works viewed in the real-world context of the museum – a wonderful program or schools, book clubs, or perhaps even a tour for your out-of-town guests you want to impress. Art Muse LA was founded by art historian Clare Kunny, who was for a decade manager of public education and teaching at the Getty Center.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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