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01/01/2021
Live from Pasadena: Norton Simon and the Rose Parade

Happy New Year! 🎉 While Pasadena looks a bit different this New Year's Day, today we look back at the history of the Rose Parade and the Norton Simon Museum. We hope to see you at the Parade in 2022!

The Norton Simon Museum and its iconic rose placard are seen by millions of viewers—both in the grandstand and at home watching television—every New…

End of Year Meditation: With its collection of more than 12,500 works of European, American and Asian art spanning acros...
12/31/2020

End of Year Meditation: With its collection of more than 12,500 works of European, American and Asian art spanning across centuries, the Norton Simon Museum offers you the opportunity to enter a quiet gallery and have an intimate experience with art. As you move through the galleries, you encounter exceptional works of art, each with their own unique story that can touch your heart in unexpected ways.

-Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths.
-Close your eyes and imagine your own gallery of pictures that capture different moments from throughout the year.
-Notice the feelings that arise in you as you view each one.
-Breathing in, fill your heart with all the good memories that you will take away from this year.
-Breathing out, make space for all the wonderful moments you will experience in the new year.

For a guided meditation: http://bit.ly/2JzBsPi

“I miss my afternoon strolls around the sculpture garden—it’s a great way for me to reset in the midst of a busy work da...
12/30/2020

“I miss my afternoon strolls around the sculpture garden—it’s a great way for me to reset in the midst of a busy work day. There is a particular sculpture—Henri Lauren’s “Les Ondines”—that is best viewed from across the pond, in the café area. It’s usually the last piece that I look at as I head back in to my office, and the bronze water spirits beautifully float above the pond and lilies. It’s such a magical view, and one I will never again take for granted.”—Leslie Denk, Director of External Affairs

As the year comes to an end, our staff shares works they’ve missed seeing while we've been closed. What works do you miss visiting?

[Henri Laurens (French, 1885–1954), Les Ondines, 1934, bronze, edition of 6, cast No. 4, Norton Simon Art Foundation, © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Reproduction]

"I miss spending time with this extraordinary painting. The way the paint undulates across the belly of the salmon and t...
12/29/2020

"I miss spending time with this extraordinary painting. The way the paint undulates across the belly of the salmon and the light catches those glossy strokes of paint, transforming a dead fish into a thing of beauty, is something that can only be experienced in the galleries. This masterful still life by Manet, and the earlier "Still Life with Fowl" by Chardin, remind me that beauty can be found in the most humble objects if you stop to look."–Michelle Brenner, Head of Education

As the year comes to an end, our staff shares works they’ve missed seeing while we've been closed. What works do you miss visiting?

“Being away from the museum I’ve missed spending time with Jusepe de Ribera’s "The Sense of Touch" (c. 1615-16). Though ...
12/28/2020

“Being away from the museum I’ve missed spending time with Jusepe de Ribera’s "The Sense of Touch" (c. 1615-16). Though a simple composition—a figure framed by empty space—the painting rewards close looking while also demonstrating the possibility of engaging with art using other senses. The man, who is blind, thoughtfully observes a carved head with his hands while a painting rests unnoticed beside him. Ribera seems to argue that sculpture is a more complex medium than painting since it can be perceived by both touch and sight. However, the artist also uses vision to appeal to the sense of touch by skillfully depicting the head’s smooth contours and its weight resting heavily in the man’s wrinkled palm, encouraging the viewer to imagine holding the sculpture in their own hands.”–Maggie Bell, Assistant Curator

As the year comes to an end, our staff shares works they’ve missed seeing while we've been closed. What works do you miss visiting?

[Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish, 1591–1652), The Sense of Touch, 1615–16, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation]

As the year comes to an end, our staff shares works they've missed seeing while we've been closed. Mariko Tu, Manager of...
12/27/2020

As the year comes to an end, our staff shares works they've missed seeing while we've been closed.

Mariko Tu, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, shares: “I miss walking into the intimate 20th-century gallery where Sam Francis's monumental 'Basel Mural I' hangs, and feeling immersed and embraced by its warm and cool colors and drips surrounding expanses of white that Francis leaves for us, the viewer to contemplate. But what I especially miss is sharing this moment with students and visitors, witnessing their open hearts and minds while they contribute their thoughts and make connections, as we look together."

What works do you miss visiting?

[Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994), Basel Mural I, 1956–58, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist, © Sam Francis Foundation, California/ Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Norton Simon Museum![Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864–1941), Variation: Chris...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Norton Simon Museum!

[Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864–1941), Variation: Christmas, c. 1915, oil and pencil on textured wove paper, Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection]

This little panel from an altarpiece depicts the first night of Christ’s life on earth. Guariento imagined the momentous...
12/24/2020

This little panel from an altarpiece depicts the first night of Christ’s life on earth. Guariento imagined the momentous event to include only the essential characters and emblems of the New Testament narrative: The Holy Family, the stable and the manger. The star of Bethlehem, and the angel who announces the birth of Christ to a shepherd who attends his flock, appear in the distance. Mary worships the newborn Jesus as an ox and donkey peer curiously, and rather endearingly, into the manger at the swaddled Infant. It is said that their breath provided warmth to the baby. In the foreground, St. Joseph, Jesus’ guardian father, sits quietly. Guariento’s sympathetic and spare portrayal underscores the humble circumstances of Christ’s birth.

For viewers in Guariento’s 14th-century Italy, Jesus’ birth was a reminder that God works in unexpected ways, and the nativity served as a symbol of hope in difficult times.

[Guariento di Arpo (Italian, c.1310–c.1370), Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece, 1344, tempera and gold leaf on panels, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

Happy Winter Solstice! Aert van der Neer, a Dutch painter who worked primarily in Amsterdam, specialized in winter scene...
12/21/2020

Happy Winter Solstice!

Aert van der Neer, a Dutch painter who worked primarily in Amsterdam, specialized in winter scenes and moonlit landscapes. The figures populating the scene endure the harsh weather conditions by participating in the pleasures of seasonal entertainment. Despite the lively activities, the artist is mainly interested in conveying the winter season’s dramatic light and color effects. The tinted light of the setting sun, as it is refracted by the clouds and moist atmosphere and reflects on the neutral landscape, provides the true subject of this enchanting painting.

[Aert van der Neer (Dutch, 1603–1677), Winter Scene with Figures Playing Kolf, 1655–1660, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation]

12/17/2020
Lecture: "Raphael 2020: A Conversation on the Artist"

Congratulations to Lisa Pon and Tracy Cosgriff on winning a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for their digital project on Raphael's stanze at the Vatican, which they debuted publicly in our conversation in June.

Tracy Cosgriff, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, College of Wooster Lisa Pon, Professor of Art History, University of Southern California with Maggie…

While most of us may have caught today's total solar eclipse on live stream, the crowd in Eugène Atget's photograph refl...
12/14/2020

While most of us may have caught today's total solar eclipse on live stream, the crowd in Eugène Atget's photograph reflects our feelings in spirit. In Atget’s representation of an eclipse in 1912, the photographer has turned his attention from the darkened sun to its riveted observers—a crowd of Parisians who have gathered at the Place de la Bastille to peer at the sky through pinhole viewers.

[Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927), Eclipse, 1912, printed 1956, toned gelatin silver print, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Shirley C. Burden, in memory of Flobelle Fairbanks Burden]

ART-MAKING ACTIVITY: This holiday season, create one-of-a-kind decorative cards for your friends and loved ones. Experim...
12/09/2020

ART-MAKING ACTIVITY: This holiday season, create one-of-a-kind decorative cards for your friends and loved ones. Experiment with overlapping shapes by tracing objects from around your home that remind you of a friend or loved one (this one is for a baker 👩‍🍳), and then create a decorative card for this special person.

Follow our step-by-step activity guide to compose, trace and color your creation: bit.ly/3gudm4k

Diego Rivera was born on this day in 1886. After living abroad for several years, Diego Rivera returned to Mexico after ...
12/08/2020

Diego Rivera was born on this day in 1886. After living abroad for several years, Diego Rivera returned to Mexico after the Revolution (1910–1920). Along with other avant-garde artists, he advocated for a Mexican national identity that was inclusive of Indigenous and working-class people. Rivera often painted flower vendors—Indigenous women in customary clothing holding impossibly large bundles of lilies. In the Simon’s painting, the sculptural quality of the lilies and the vendor’s grace as she embraces them emphasizes the beauty and dignity of her laborious task. Speaking of his interest in depicting the lives of working people in Mexico, Rivera said: “My homecoming aroused an aesthetic rejoicing in me which is impossible to describe. . . . Everywhere I saw a potential masterpiece—in the crowds, the markets, the festivals, the marching battalions, the workers in the workshops, the fields—in every shining face, every radiant child.”

[Diego Rivera (Mexican 1886–1957), The Flower Vendor (Girl with Lilies), 1941, oil on Masonite, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Cary Grant. © 2020 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

Manager of Youth and Family Programs Mariko Tu leads a music meditation inspired by the Nepalese painting "Gujjari Rangi...
12/07/2020

Manager of Youth and Family Programs Mariko Tu leads a music meditation inspired by the Nepalese painting "Gujjari Rangini" from the 17th-century Ragamala Album. Select a favorite piece of music, close your eyes, and experience the melody as if listening to it for the first time.

LISTEN & MEDITATE: bit.ly/3gpbtpu

Georges Seurat was born on this day in 1859. Today he is best remembered as the inventor of Neo-Impressionism, a famous ...
12/02/2020

Georges Seurat was born on this day in 1859. Today he is best remembered as the inventor of Neo-Impressionism, a famous technique that used tiny dabs of contrasting color to create continuous images. This study—one of eight he devoted to the punishing labor of stone breakers—precedes Seurat’s revolutionary new manner by several years but already indicates his departure from the high Impressionist style. Picked out with short strokes of contrasting color, a pile of stones at the center of the composition appears convincingly pulverized, broken down from masses into particles, from form into color.

[Georges Seurat (French, 1859–1891), The Stone Breakers, Le Raincy, c. 1882, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation]

#DIYStoriesintheAfternoon: In "The Word Collector" by Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome collects wonderful words, which he later...
12/01/2020

#DIYStoriesintheAfternoon: In "The Word Collector" by Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome collects wonderful words, which he later arranges into poems and songs.

In her painting "The Traveler," Liubov Popova (Russian, 1889–1924) used an arrangement of fragmented words and images to communicate the speed, crowds and disorientation of modern travel.

Inspired by Jerome and "The Traveler," collect some of your favorite words and then draw a picture to illustrate them, writing (or having a parent write) the words into the picture. Then, if you're feeling particularly inspired, create a poem to go with it.

Find more pairings of our favorite children’s books with works from our collection: bit.ly/DIYStoriesAfternoon

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and...
11/30/2020

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. This past April for our virtual Slow Art Day, we asked our audience to look slowly at Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña’s "The Approaching Storm."

Read more about this program and Slow Art Day:
https://www.slowartday.com/the-approaching-storm-with-the-norton-simon-museum/

We are so thankful for our museum community and for all of you who have been following, watching and supporting us from ...
11/26/2020

We are so thankful for our museum community and for all of you who have been following, watching and supporting us from around the world this year.

We wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 🍁

In "Flowers in a Gilt Tazza," Jan Brueghel the Younger (Dutch, 1601–1678) demonstrates his technical skills, depicting m...
11/25/2020

In "Flowers in a Gilt Tazza," Jan Brueghel the Younger (Dutch, 1601–1678) demonstrates his technical skills, depicting microscopic details of flowers, butterflies, a ladybug and droplets of water on a table. In 17th-century Holland, cut flowers were cherished as they were only available a few months of the year. Here we see white and pink roses, carnations, pansies and forget-me-nots in a gilt tazza (a bowl on a thin stem) that may be a reminder to the viewer to enjoy the bounty of life while understanding its transient nature.

Take a moment to consider the blessings in your life and fill your heart with gratitude with our guided audio Gratitude Meditation: bit.ly/3m8Teqx

11/23/2020
Encounters with the Collection: Popova's "The Traveler"

Part of a series celebrating the lives and career of women artists, this short video looks at the Russian artist Liubov Popova (1889–1924), whose 1915 painting "The Traveler" hangs in our modern art wing.

Part of a series celebrating the lives and career of women artists, this short video looks at the Russian artist Liubov Popova (1889–1924), whose 1915 painting…

Need a mid-day break? Ground yourself with a body scan meditation inspired by Henry Moore's "King and Queen." LISTEN | B...
11/18/2020

Need a mid-day break? Ground yourself with a body scan meditation inspired by Henry Moore's "King and Queen."

LISTEN | Body Scan Meditation: https://bit.ly/38RjSAx

In celebration of #Diwali, we've paired "Binny's Diwali," written by Thrity Umrigar and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani wit...
11/14/2020

In celebration of #Diwali, we've paired "Binny's Diwali," written by Thrity Umrigar and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani with "Lintel with Gajalakshmi and Other Hindu Deities” for #DIYStoriesintheAfternoon:

🪔 In "Binny's Diwali," written by Thrity Umrigar and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, Binny is excited to teach her classmates about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. But when she stands up to present, she has trouble finding the words. Luckily her teacher encourages her to take a deep breath and begin again. She then remembers that Diwali is about celebrating the victory of goodness, and that on Diwali, diyas (oil lamps) are lit for good luck and to chase away darkness. She brings out bags of colored powder to make rangolis, patterned decorations on the floor, and, in the end, her class loves learning about the festival of lights.

✨ Diwali is also associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Rangolis are drawn outside homes to welcome the goddess and good fortune. In "Lintel with Gajalakshmi and Other Hindu Deities," we see the goddess seated in the center of other Hindu gods with two elephants (gaja) perched on lotuses bathing her, a symbol of the rain fertilizing the earth.

🎨 Inspired by "Binny’s Diwali" and "Lintel with Gajalakshmi and Other Hindu Deities," make a rangoli design outside your home using sidewalk chalk or on a paper using color pencils, crayons or markers.

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Binny's Diwali written by Thrity Umrigar and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani and Lintel with Gajalakshmi and Other Hindu Deities, India: Madhya Pradesh, late 10th century, sandstone, Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon

Photographer Judy Dater has long attracted critical and popular acclaim for her evocative portraits. In "Judy Dater and ...
11/12/2020

Photographer Judy Dater has long attracted critical and popular acclaim for her evocative portraits. In "Judy Dater and the Photographic Process," Curator Gloria Williams Sander writes about Dater’s approach and influences through four photographs from the Norton Simon collections. Taken over the course of four decades, these works illustrate the artist’s ability to balance the facts recorded by the camera with a sensitivity to the humanity of her subjects.

READ: bit.ly/2Imqeg0

11/11/2020
Sam Francis and the Basel Murals

On #VeteransDay, we share a short video on Sam Francis and the Basel Murals. Francis was a member of the Army Air Corps in World War II and he first turned to art when convalescing from a serious spinal injury sustained in training. Bedridden for close to three years, Francis turned to watercolors as therapy before fully committing to painting around 1946, and the qualities of the aqueous medium would inform his painting—even in oil—for the entirety of his career.

This short video provides a brief background on California artist Sam Francis (1923–1994) and his monumental triptych, the Basel Murals, painted in Paris in…

A special DIY Stories in the Afternoon for Día de los Muertos: In "Gustavo, the Shy Ghost," written and illustrated by F...
11/01/2020

A special DIY Stories in the Afternoon for Día de los Muertos: In "Gustavo, the Shy Ghost," written and illustrated by Flavia Z. Drago, Gustavo wants nothing more than to make friends with other monsters, but he is shy and feels invisible when he’s near them. He decides to invite the monsters to his violin concert on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The monsters love his concert and discover that, even though Gustavo is quiet, he is a good friend and full of surprises.

Artist Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899–1991) created several artworks featuring ghosts. Here, we see a textured print of a ghostly figure with arms stretched out. Tamayo was inspired by the figures depicted in ancient Mexican art, which were not exactly lifelike. He included simplified figures in his own work as a form of human connection.

In celebration of Día de los Muertos, share a memory of a loved one who has passed by writing or making a drawing about how they were special to you.

More info: bit.ly/3kJNiUl

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I am really enjoying your meditations! Thank you.
Hello, My name is Marta and I live in Pasadena. Since you are a big part of the community of Pasadena and participate so actively in its culture and legacy, I would like to share something with you. I wrote a song about Pasadena and about the strange moments we’re going through right now due to the COVID-19 situation. I intend to send out a positive vibe and lots of hope. I hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsYtOmBpxBM Stay safe, Marta
I just had a nice Kandisky Time at the Norton Simon Museum! I also enjoyed reviewing other artists's artwork. I was delighted to find out that a portrait I always admire is Vincent Van Gogh's Mother! He painted from a black and white pictute his sister sent to him from Netherlands. He painted his mother for himself, but after he finished he wasn't very happy. I think he painted very pale the face, but her eyes are bright and healthy. Vincent had a beautiful mother! Thank you, Norton Simon Museum!
Museum is fantastic but be warned about the cafe---overpriced and not very good!!! Eat somewhere else!
Free Friday eves. Borderline life changing.
Hello! Does anyone happen to know if the Museum is open on Memorial Day? Thanks!
As we came to the museum we were stop by a female security, telling us we couldn't take in a diaper bag. That's fine, but as we were there we saw allot of people with large bags. We told the security but ignore us. Then we ask to speak to the supervisor Jim McDonald, he also gave us a racial discrimination as also we saw people passing by with bigger bags. Also to add all that when in were white and for some reason we were the only ones that got stopped and embarrased in public. Also Jim had security follow me and my family like we were criminals. This is not the end, hope i can get a follow up on this situation, this a great museum but staff they hired should get sensitivity training.
Join us on Tuesday, April 30th for a FREE conversation featuring art historians Thomas Crow and Alexander Dumbadze, who will be discussing the artistic milieu of the 1960s and 1970s and how it shaped Allen Ruppersberg and his contemporaries. Crow’s recent book, No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art, turns away from contemporary cultural theories to address a blind spot in today’s art historical inquiry: religion. Dumbadze is the author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere, about the late Dutch-born Conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum. https://www.facebook.com/events/2016124378694187/
Remarkable transformation!
the Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show is November 9-11 at the Hilton Pasadena. Established by artisans, Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show celebrates the Arts & Crafts Movement --with artists, artisans, makers, and bakers, this gift market extravaganza is the event of the season! Hoping you can post it on your page and help us get the word out! We'd be happy to provide you with free passes as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/540641002973724/
I have been incredibly honored to play Vincent van Gogh in a one-man show entitled Van Gogh: A Self Portrait for the last two years at numerous venues. Anyone out there interested in having Vincent at your school, theatre, museum or special event? Contact me for more info.
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