Oliver Scholars Visits the MoMA!
OLIVER SCHOLARS IS A REMARKABLE CHARITY THAT I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF GETTING TO KNOW. A COLLECTOR FRIEND CHAIRS THE ORGANIZATION AND HER ENTHUSIASM FOR THE PROGRAM AS WELL AS HER EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION OF TIME AND BUSINESS ACUMEN IMPRESSED ME SO MUCH THAT I ASKED IF I COULD ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE TWO SUMMERS AGO. THE TEACHING WAS EXTRAORDINARY AS WAS THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE STUDENTS. http://www.theoliverprogram.org
THE OLIVER PROGRAM PICKS THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST AFRO-AMERICAN AND LATINO KIDS FROM SCHOOLS IN THIS AREA AND GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY AND SUPPORT TO ATTEND PRIVATE DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOLS AND EXPERIENCE EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL STANDARDS THAT TRULY CHANGE THEIR LIVES. AT MY FIRST OPEN HOUSE, A GRADUATE DESCRIBED TO THE BOARD AND VISITORS HER EXPERIENCE WORKING IN A VILLAGE IN AFRICA AND THEN BLITHELY SAID, “SO I’VE DECIDED TO GO BACK (THE ITALICS ARE MINE) TO HARVARD TO STUDY MEDICINE AND THEN RETURN TO AFRICA WITH “DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS”.
OLIVER SCHOLARS PROVIDES THEIR STUDENTS SO MUCH MORE THAN CHALLENGING AND STIMULATING EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS. THE PROGRAM ADDRESSES ISSUES OF RACE, CLASS, GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION ON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL CAMPUSES SO THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE THE AWARENESS AND SKILLS NOT JUST TO DREAM BIGGER DREAMS BUT TO MAKE THEM COME TRUE.
LAST SPRING, I INVITED THE BOARD’S CHAIR, DOROTHEA SCHLOSSER, TO JOIN ME AT A MUSEUM OF MODERN ART LUNCH. THERE, SHE HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH WENDY WOON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR EDUCATION AT THE MUSEUM AND AN EXTRAORDINARY SPOKESPERSON AT THE LUNCH, WHO GENEROUSLY INVITED A GROUP FROM OLIVER SCHOLARS TO A GUIDED TOUR OF MoMA.
IT IS A PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE OLIVER SCHOLAR ADRIANA SANES, DEERFIELD ACADEMY ’16, TO THE LRFA BLOG. ADRIANA HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO CONTRIBUTE THIS WONDERFUL ESSAY ON THE GROUP’S VISIT TO MOMA. THANK YOU, ADRIANA!
Visiting the Museum of Modern Art was a culturally enriching experience, I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit. The tour guide provided unique insights into the works of artists from the cubist movement, impressionist movement and the abstract impressionist movement.
Pablo Picasso, a cubist painter, was one of the artists we focused on. We analyzed several of his painting and his sculptures including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Woman’s Head (1909), and Woman with Pears (1909). My tour group and I identified key changes in the way cubism developed. We also noted the differences between Picasso and Braque’s cubist work.
Next, we focused on Claude Monet’s works from the impressionist movement. Monet’s development of cataracts was prevalent in his work, Water Lilies (1919). His method of blending colors had an interesting effect on the perspective of his paintings. When viewing the painting from farther away it seems more coherent than if you were to view it closely.
Lastly, we examined Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist artwork. We mainly focused on Pollock’s influence on abstract expressionism. His unorthodox methods paved the way for contemporary art.
Deerfield Academy ‘16
ON MAY 20th, THE OLIVER SCHOLARS PROGRAM HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GALA. MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, GABBY PALMIERI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR SPECIALIST IN THE CONTEMPORARY ART DEPARTMENT AT SOTHEBY’S, WILL CONDUCT THE LIVE AUCTION OFFERING INTERNSHIPS IN THE WORLDS OF ART, FASHION AND BUSINESS. SHE IS FUNNY AND ENGAGING AND A VERITABLE CIRCE ON THE PODIUM (STAND WARNED). FOR EXAMPLE, LEHMANN MAUPIN GALLERY HAS GENEROUSLY DONATED A FANTASTIC INTERNSHIP AT THE STUDIO OF TIM ROLLINS AND KOS AND LUHRING AUGUSTINE IS OFFERING THE PRIVILEGE OF INTERNING AT THEIR IMPECCABLE GALLERY FOR TWO WEEKS THIS SUMMER.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE AUCTION:
Nina Garcia, Creative Director ~ Marie Claire
Sheena Wright ’85, President & CEO ~ United Way of New York City
Tanya Wright ’86, Actress ~ True Blood ~ Orange is the New Black
The IAC Building
555 West 18th Street
New York, N.Y.
AND FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON OLIVER SCHOLARS, PLEASE CONTACT THEIR DEDICATED CEO, DAVID ALLYN