Tour the spectacular special exhibition Picasso & Rivera: Conversations Across Time with Maite. Weave art and culinary history while viewing art by and hearing stories of the two larger-than-life artists, as well as pre-Columbian and Greek and Roman antiquities. After the informal conversation enjoy a Mexican/Spanish/French-themed four-course meal at Ray’s & Stark Bar inspired by the evening’s theme by Chef Fernando Darin. ($100 members; $110 non-members)
Wine and specialty cocktails will be available for an additional cost.
Who would think that tea — found nearly everywhere today — literally conquered the world centuries ago, through trade, smuggling, and even wars. This enjoyable morning will bring history to life through a private gallery tour of the collections of European and Chinese art, followed by a three-course tea service at the museum’s premiere restaurant, Ray’s.
Culinary historian Maite Gomez-Rejon and museum educator Mary Lenihan and Maite will take you into the galleries to trace the path of the ubiquitous beverage as “tea culture” spread from Asia, eventually reaching Europe and the Americas. Along the way, it spurred the production of some of the world’s most beautiful porcelain and silver, as well as other paraphernalia used to brew it, serve it, and drink it. The tour will include Chinese porcelain tea wares, European ceramics, and English silver. After the tour, enjoy a full, three-course tea service in Ray’s. While the traditional English tea (think of aristocrats in a drawing room) is the inspiration, chef Fernando Darin will add some contemporary touches. Tea will be included, of course. ($50 members; $55 non-members)
image: Teapot with Cover, Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory, France, circa 1755, Soft-paste porcelain with glaze and enamel, William Randolph Hearst Collection.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Discover the changing world of Britain’s Georgian era through the Huntington’s permanent collection. Trace the social changes and political movements of the time and prepare a contemporary seasonal meal adapted from period cookbooks. ($85 members; $100 non-members)
image: Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, in a Straw Hat, George Romney, British, 1782-94, oil on canvas, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
ArtBites partners once again with Literary Affairs to present a day of Women in Art & Literature. Maite Gomez-Rejon will curate a tour at LACMA about art made by or about important women in history. Julie Robinson will further enlighten us by discussing significant women writers and their works on the tour and at Surfas Test Kitchen where you will prepare a meal inspired by significant cookbooks of the centuries. ($155 includes museum admission, tour, all ingredients, cooking instruction, recipes and wine. Does not include museum parking.)
*All attendees will be sent a Literary Affairs reading selection packet upon purchase of a ticket.
Please note that through this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.
image: Desert Moon, Lee Krasner, 1955, collage of oil on paper on canvas and oil on canvas, LACMA