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ESRA Ongoing Events and Interest Groups

ESRA Community Life is an anchor for olim, whether just beginning their integration or long established. Social and cultural activities, geared to different age groups, add value and quality to life, as well as relevant services.

Program 2023 

Where: The Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center, Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech 27, Tel Aviv

Cost: ESRA members NIS 550 | Non-members NIS 720

10:00 – 11:00 – Lecture
11:00 – 11:30 – Break
11:30 – 12:30 – Guided tours

Thursday 30 March 2023
If Only Walls Could Talk: Graffiti on the Berlin and Separation Walls
In the past few years, the Graffiti movement has become an important part of the art scene, where we can see it in Museums and galleries.
But we forget that the graffiti scene actually started as a protest against the government or any social or political institution
The graffiti on the Berlin Wall was a process that started a few years after the wall was built and reached its peak at the 80s. It consisted of different writings and street art, and became a part of the protest against the separation of the two cities and the country.

Thursday 4 May 2023
120 years to Mark Rothko’s Birth: New York School of Art

Mark Rothko is best known for his 'color field paintings' – rectangular regions of color floating in fields of color – which he produced for over 20 years. His growing disgust of the idea that these works would serve as 'decorative objects for wealthy diners' caused him to refund commissions, and donate the paintings to museums instead. In this lecture we will learn of the life and workings of one the most important figures in the development of art during the second half of the 20th century.

Thursday 8 June 2023
Jackson Pollock: Action Painting

This lecture will chart the evolution of Jackson Pollock’s practice, from his earliest works that make use of surrealist techniques and imagery to his breakthrough to total abstraction, and to his magisterial all-over drip paintings. Known primarily as a painter, Pollock also created many prints and drawings, which will be discussed in depth to offer new insights with regard to his paintings, and the daring steps he took to push his practice forward.

Entrance to the museum will be possible from 9:30 a.m.
The Monday series starts with the lecture, but the Thursday series could begin either with the lecture or the guided tour.
Entry with subscription card only for the same series and cannot be interchanged Monday for Thursday or vice versa. This Museum rule is strictly enforced.

Past Lectures

Thursday 2 February 2023  | 10:00 – 12:30
Georgia O’Keeffe and photography

Celebrated as one of the pathbreaking artists who defined American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her close-up paintings up of flowers and plant life, and desert vistas. Less recognized is O’Keeffe’s fascinating relationship with photography, both as a subject of the lens, and as an accomplished photographer in her own right. This lecture will consider how O’Keeffe’s deep knowledge of photography offered her new visual strategies and augmented her painting practice.

Thursday 8 December 2022 | 10:00 – 12:30

Basilica San Marco, Venice: A Masterpiece
This important Christian monument, located on the eastern end of San Marco's Square in Venice, is attached to the Doge's Palace. It was the chapel of the Doge and was subject to his jurisdiction, and as such was also a political edifice.
The present structure, begun probably in 1063, expressed Venice's growing civic consciousness and pride. The mosaics represent eight hundred years of artistic styles, beginning from Byzantine, Romanesque, and Islamic influences, and including later Gothic elements. Much of the interior decoration is based on preparatory drawings made by prominent Renaissance artists from Venice and Florence, including Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian, Paolo Uccello, and Andrea del Castagno.

Thursday 5 January 2023 | 10:00 – 12:30
A Dialogue Between Generations: Renoir the Painter, Renoir the Director

The well-known works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir play a key role in the films of his son, Jean Renoir. Numerous scenes, themes, and visual similarities, as well as conflicts and contradictions, are found between 19th-century painting and 20th-century French cinema. However, the relationship and artistic dialogue between the father and son were also influenced by the political and artistic upheavals in 20th-century France, before and after World War II. The lecture will include an introduction to Renoir Senior’s paintings and excerpts from his son's films.