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Kick up your heels! The “Sweetness of Life” at the Norton Simon

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Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Photography and text © Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour encourages you to kick up your heels and enjoy an art and culture-filled weekend!

The mischievous detail of the slipper comes from François Boucher’s “A Lady On Her Day Bed,” one of three 18th-Century French paintings from the Frick Collection currently on view at the Norton Simon Museum.

Roccoco tables partyThe Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French paintings from the Frick Collection opened on June 14th and will be on view until September 9th. The exhibit also includes paintings by Jean Siméon Chardin and Jean-Baptize Greuze and depicts an artfully constructed vision of 18th century life and fashion.

The pastel flourishes of the decor and florals are from the opening night reception for the “Sweetness of Life.”

The detail of the slipper is a sneak preview of the exhibit.

Check back on Cultural Cocktail Hour next week for a review of the exhibit!


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LA Opera Music Director James Conlon curates and conducts A Tale of Two Émigrés-This Sat. at 3pm at the Colburn School

James Conlon photoA Tale of Two Émigrés with James Conlon

 Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

 Zipper Hall, Colburn School

Pittance Chamber Music, known for featuring the exceptional resident artists of the Los Angeles Opera pit and stage, presents A Tale of Two Émigrés with James Conlon. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon curates and conducts a unique program that tells the tale of Jewish émigré composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Arnold Schoenberg, who left their homelands and ultimately settled in Los Angeles as a result of the Nazis’ rise to power. James Conlon is one of the world’s most important and successful advocates for the music of composers suppressed during the Nazi regime. The program will include a talk by Conlon, who will also conduct works by Korngold and Schoenberg performed by a large ensemble consisting of members of the Los Angeles Opera OrchestraTicket Information:

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Review: Bauhaus Beginnings- Getty Research Institute- a peek inside the artist’s studio

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Getty Research Institute

June 11-October 13, 2019

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Imagine being able to see firsthand what it was like to be a student of Paul Klee or Vassily Kandinsky! What is engaging about Bauhaus Beginnings at the Getty Research Institute is that the concept of the Bauhaus is brought down from its esoteric pedestal; viewers are able to warm themselves conceptually to the show because the philosophy is laid bare through vivid visuals illustrating the teaching tools, creative output, and life as a student of this seminal art movement, which is now celebrating its 100th anniversary.


Even before stepping foot inside the exhibition, we experience a pop of color on the exterior of the Getty Research Institute, the unmistakable hue of Meier white currently decked out in the vibrant colors of the Bauhaus, an influential school of art and design that was established in 1919 and closed by the Nazi regime in 1933. Despite its relatively short existence, the Bauhaus school has had an immense impact on crafts, fine arts, and architecture precisely because it sought to erode differences between these three mediums. Moreover, the Bauhaus tenets of spirituality and expressionism provided an appealing counterpoint to the horrors and mechanization of World War I.

Above: Exterior of Getty Research Institute


The opportunity to see notebooks from the courses of Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee is impactful. The exhibition illustrates concepts including color system, woodcuts, and the abstraction of the human body. What is compelling about this particular exhibition is that it does not feel overly didactic in nature; yet, as viewers we are learning about color, form, abstraction, and a crucial movement in art history.



Above  Léna Bergner (German, 1906–1981); Durchdringung (Penetration) for Paul Klee’s Course, ca. 1925–1932. Watercolor and graphite on paper Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (850514) 

For instance, I was intrigued by a Bauhaus notebook (below) that deconstructed Master Francke’s 1424 painting, Abduction of The Magi, reducing the three-dimensional painting to its most fundamental forms and lines.

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Analysis of Master Francke’s Adoration of the Magi

ca. 1424 Johannes Itten (Swiss, 1888–1967) and Friedl Dicker (Austrian, 1898–1944)

Lithograph and letterpress with glued tissue overlay

From Bruno Maria Adler, ed., Utopia: Dokumente der Wirklichkeit,

We are constantly reminded that we have stepped into a studio-like space by innovative installation flourishes including a blown-up image of artists’ hands on one wall, and on another, vibrant dancers in red embodying the zeitgeist of the day.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Getty Research Institute presents an online exhibition, Bauhaus: Building the New Artist, which can be explored by readers around the world. This interactive online exhibition allows users the spirit of play. Online users can design their own 3-D interactive dance performance, selecting costumes, choreography and color, based on a performance of Oscar Schlemmer’s The Triadic Ballet.

Bauhaus Beginnings is curated by Maristella Casciato, with assistance from Gary Fox, Katherine Rochester, Alexandra Sommer, and Johnny Tran. The exhibition installation is designed in consultation with architect Tim Durfee

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Riviera Gardone, Italy

 Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Riviera Gardone, Italy

All Photography and text © Leticia Marie Sanchez

Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

Lake Garda has long provided a wellspring of inspiration for creative-minded souls, including: Nobel Laureate Paul Heyse, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, and D. H. Lawrence, who once wrote, “The lake is dark blue, purple, and clear as a jewel.”

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Cultural Cocktail Hour at Chiesa San Vidal in Venice, Italy

In this episode, from a few years back Cultural Cocktail Hour founder Leticia Marie Sanchez takes you briefly inside the Chiesa San Vidal, a deconsecrated church that was rebuilt after the fire of 1105 and the fire of 1696. The new facade was built in the 18th century and housed works by Carpaccio and Piazzetta. Now, the church has been revitalized by the music of Interpreti Veneziani. These days, one can hear Vivaldi emanating from the walls.

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Cultural Gems- Bernard Berenson

“No artifact is a work of art if it does not help to humanize us.

Without art, visual, verbal and musical

Our world would have remained a jungle.”

Bernard Berenson, I Tatti, Florence, 1952


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Review- “Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World”- a MUST SEE exhibit at the Getty Center


Leticia Marie Sanchez

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World

Getty Center, Los Angeles

14 May – 18 Aug 2019 

LionsLions, from a bestiary, around 1250. Tempera colors on parchment. The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Ms. Bodl. 764. Fol 2V

What makes the Getty stand out from other American museums is its ability to consistently execute transportive, immersive artistic experiences for museum goers. Whether it is the art of ancient Egypt or works from the Middle Ages, the Getty takes audiences through a visual time machine to an all encompassing world.

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The vibrant outdoor staircase leading to Book of Beasts heralds the magical, fantastical creatures that we are about to see. Inside the exhibit are more than one hundred works depicting the Medieval Bestiary, an Encyclopedia of animals that proved to be one of the most popular illuminated texts in northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Curated by Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the Getty Museum with Larisa Grollemond, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts at the Getty Museum, the exhibit includes illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, stained glass, ivories, and metalwork.

The fantastical creatures include Griffins, Dragons, Bonnacons, Lynx, Sirens, Centaurs, and Sea Serpents. No creature is more central to this exhibit, however, than the Unicorn, which Dr. Morrison referred to as a “Medieval Meme” because the image was so widely recognizable to audiences at the time. The bestiary interprets this creature, usually portrayed alongside a Virgin, as a symbol for Christ, who was born to a virgin. The medieval hunters attacking the unicorn represent Christ’s death and Crucifixion.

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To the left: Unicorn from Ashmole Bestiary (text in Latin), English, about 1210-1220, artist unknown. The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Ms. Ashmole 1511, fol. 14v

While at the exhibit, make sure to look closely at the pages of the manuscripts which vastly differ from Biblical texts due to the density of images per page. For instance, medieval Biblical texts only contain one image per page, while the Bestiary overflows with images. Most exciting to see are the moments in the Bestiary when the text and the images begin overlapping, a dynamic representation of unstoppable inspiration.

Finally, the last section of the Bestiary- the Legacy of the Bestiary- demonstrates the immense impact that the medieval bestiary has had on the works of modern and contemporary artists including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Claire Owen, and Damien Hirst.


Do not miss Kate Clark’s Pray, an unsettling, yet compelling modern fusion of animal and beast.

At left: Pray, 2012, Kate Clark, antelope hide and horns, foam, clay, pins, thread, and rubber eyes. Collection of Chet Robachinski and Jerry Slipman. © Kate Clark

The Entry of the Animals into Noah's ArkWalking through the various rooms of the exhibit, whether looking at Walton Ford’s Grifo de California, the illustrated texts of Apollinaire, or the sumptuous painting of Jan Brueghel the Elder, the influence of the Book of Beasts has been profound.

At Left: The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark; Jan Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, 1568 – 1625); 1613 Oil on panel; Object Number: 92.PB.82; 54.6 × 83.8 cm (21 1/2 × 33 in.) 

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Saturday Mornings at the Opera- German Opera Tales

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Bravo to LA Opera for yet another engaging children’s event!!Last weekend, I took my son to the German Opera Tales, where we heard Mozart’s “Abduction From the Seraglio,” Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,”and Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.”

As always, the entertaining cast kept the young crowd engaged with their humor, energy, and wit. 

I am always impressed by the rapt attention of many children, including toddlers, during an hour long session of three different operas.

Prior to the musical performance, the children had a chance to practice singing in German with an opera singer and do crafts related to the operas of the day.

Yet another spirited day at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion!

Another LA Opera phot

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In the news: Picasso in the garbage? An art thief named Spiderman?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez


Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art 

Sacré bleu!

Is nothing sacred ?

A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped more than $134 million dollars worth of art in a garbage bin.

The stolen works, including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse. and Leger were looted from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.

Apparently the paintings were destroyed with the rest of the day’s trash.

The sticky-fingered art thief got cold feet after his cohorts in the art spree began to be questioned by police so he dumped the masterpieces in the garbage. Not even the recycling bin, mind you.

Now here is where the spurious story takes an even more sordid turn.

The thief’s ally in gaining the stolen treasure was a 43-year-old wall-climbing Serbian who managed to climb inside the museum. The clueless security guards outside were oblivious to the masked intruder within the museum walls strolling around for more than one hour cherry-picking works to his heart’s delight.

His nickname?


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KUSC Kids Discovery Day at the Natural History Museum

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Leticia Marie Sanchez

Kudos to KUSC for designing the Kids Discovery Day at the Natural History Museum!

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My 4-year-old son had a blast checking out instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo with LA Phil affiliates! He also enjoyed taking Anatomy of a Violin 101 with the very informative members of Metzler Violins, where we able to see the construction of a violin firsthand!

We were able to listen to the sounds of the American Youth Symphony in the Mammal Hall. Hearing woodwinds playing while sitting among Antelope and Polar Bear added a dose of kid-friendly wonder to the event!

And of course, my son was thrilled to meet one of our favorite radio hosts, Gail Eichenthal!


What an exciting musical day!!

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Photography © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez



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