Norton Simon Museum from Home | June 30

Sit down and enjoy some art-related activities courtesy of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

The “By Day & By Night” opening at the Norton Simon Museum on September 3, 2019 in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

New Video: Encounters with the Collection from Home

We are very pleased to share the second episode in our Encounters with the Collection from Home series, exploring Jacopo Bassano’s magnificent The Flight into Egypt, from around 1544-45. Assistant Curator Maggie Bell recounts the painting’s surprising reemergence into public view in the 1960s, and offers insights into the significance of its rural theme for the painting’s first owner. | WATCH

Mindful Monday: Reset Meditation

In the mid-1960s, Guatemalan artist Rodolfo Abularach garnered international recognition for his images that focus on the human eye. He believed that “the eye is the most expressive part of the body… the window of being. It has an internal and external space and contains all possible meanings. It is a world in itself… an object of concentration.” In Ascension (1966) we see spheres illuminating the darkness, with eye-shaped orbs that appear to rise before us. Practice a reset meditation inspired by Abularach’s lithograph. | MEDITATE

Art-Making Activity: Celestial Mount

Hindu deities have celestial mounts, or vahanas, animals used as modes for transportation. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god rides on a rat while Shiva, the god of destruction rides on a bull. Using a toy car, some modeling clay, and a few other items typically found in your child’s art supply box, kids can design and create their own animal mount. | MAKE

What We’re Watching: From Our Friends

Manager of Youth and Family Programs Mariko Tu writes, The Rubin Daily Offering”, a video series from the Rubin Museum of Art exploring how art can help us engage with change, has been nurturing. In this episode, Freedom from Fear, Head of Programs Dawn Eshelman looks at a 19th-century thangka (Buddhist painting on cloth) of Tara, the goddess of compassion and a refuge amidst fear. Meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg follows with a meditation and mantra. I’ve been enjoying this series along with other resources from the Rubin Care Package for navigating these challenging times.” | WATCH