Norton Simon Museum in November

Programs and features from the Norton Simon Musuem

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On view:
In Search of New Markets: Craft Traditions in Nineteenth-Century India
Through January 7, 2019

Coming soon:

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Once Upon a Tapestry:
Woven Tales of Helen and Dido

Opening December 7, 2018

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Titian’s Portrait of a Lady in White, c. 1561, on loan from Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Opening December 19, 2018


Madadayo (1993)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Fri, November 2, 5:30–7:45 p.m.

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In 1943, as the tide of war shifts against Japan, Professor Hyakken Uchida (Tatsuo Matsumura) leaves his teaching position to begin his career as a writer. With the warm wishes of his students, he sets out to start anew… Learn more

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To Sir, with Love (1967)
Directed by James Clavell
Fri, November 9, 5:30–7:15 p.m.

American Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) recently received his degree in engineering but cannot find work. To make ends meet, he takes a job as a teacher in a rough school in the East End of London, populated mostly with troublemakers… Learn more

Tours and Talks

Please note that space is limited to 25 participants. Sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour.

Highlights of the Collection
Fri, November 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

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Sat, November 3, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Berthe Morisot, Impressionist
Sun, November 4, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Verbal Description Tour for the Visually Impaired
Sat, November 10, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Bodies in Motion
Sat, November 17, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Norton Simon, the Collector
Sat, November 24, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

French Still Life
Sun, November 25, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Still Life with Musical Instruments
Thur, November 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join Education Coordinator Mariko Tu in a meditation on Georges Braque’s Still Life with Musical InstrumentsLearn more

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Mindfulness and Movement
Fri, November 9, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Discover works in the modern art collection through the lens of dance artist Rebecca Bruno and explore how she views mindfulness and movement in the collection. Interact with her own folding sculpture about dance and environment and continue the conversation with fellow young professionals. Learn more

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Adult Art Classes

Impressionism and Japonisme

Join artist and educator Richard Houston in this six-week course investigating how Japanese design elements in woodblock prints influenced European art in the late 19th century. Each week, students explore various design strategies through a series of exercises using the Museum’s renowned Impressionist collection.

Fri, November 9, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | The Diagonal
Fri, November 16, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | New Views and Truncated Form
Fri, November 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Working with a Model

Classes continue in December.

Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Every Saturday afternoon, pick up a drawing board, paper and pencil at the Information Desk. Tap into your artistic side and enjoy drawing in the galleries and Sculpture Garden.


Family and Youth Programs

Diwali Illuminations
Sat, November 3, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu holiday that celebrates light over darkness and the story of the Ramayana. Learn about this epic and create a translucent Diwali candle holder to light up your night with color. Learn more

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Sun, November 4, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Sun, November 18, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

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Amos McGee is a kind zookeeper who always makes time to see his friends the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros. Find out how Amos’s good friends cheer him up when he gets sick. Draw a response to the story in front of a compassionate teacher, Buddha ShakyamuniLearn more

Strike a Pose: A Photography Workshop
Sat, November 10, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Take cues from 17th- and 18th-century master painters to make a striking portrait using smartphones with artist Lluvia Higuera. Students consider settings in areas of the Sculpture Garden and use light reflectors to enhance their features. Students also explore gesture and the use of accessories to help tell their story and, in the end, go home with a printed portrait.

This program is designed for students ages 13–18.
The course is free and space is limited. Register

Storytelling at the Norton Simon
Sun, November 11, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Discover the stories that paintings and sculpture tell throughout time in the European and South and Southeast Asian collections. Gather ideas at each tour stop in a booklet for a story you’d like to tell. Learn more

Wed, November 14, 3:45–4:45 p.m.

Examine Émile Bernard’s Still Life with Flowers and make a real flower arrangement, experimenting with the idea that less is more. Discover how beauty can be enhanced with an absence of material.

Recommended for middle school students ages 11–14.
The course is free and space is limited. Register