Making Her Mark: Women of Abstract Expressionism with Regina Mamou of Art Muse LA
In this five-part lecture series, learn how to read and critique abstract art while studying the works and histories of the 20th-century women artists who shaped the movement.
Have you ever felt that looking at abstract art is like trying to decrypt a coded message? Or that sometimes you just don’t get what makes a great painting? You’re not alone, but Abstract Expressionism (AbEx), is not as impenetrable as it can often seem. In this five-week series with artist and lecturer Regina Mamou, we’ll learn to unpack, demystify, and learn about AbEx—stepping past the dude-circle of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning and focusing on the women artists who shaped the movement in the mid-20th century. After building foundational techniques and vocabulary to understand and talk about visual art, we’ll use these skills to delve into the history of abstract expressionism, explore the biographies of early women artists pioneering the movement, and trace the effects AbEx has had on contemporary art. During our final session, students will have the opportunity to present a work of their choosing and practice talking about art in front of a group. By the end of our time together, you’ll come away with the confidence to talk about artwork as well as strategies for sharing knowledge with friends and family and through public speaking.