Art à la Carte is a series of informative programs focusing on the arts. It is offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 12:15p. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or pick up something from The Palette
. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. All programs are held in the FIA's Isabel Hall.
The Dark Ages: The Clash of the Gods • January 4
History has associated the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism—a terrible time when civilization stopped. This program argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. 60 min.
The Dark Ages: What the Barbarians Did for Us •
“Barbarians” are often blamed for the collapse of the Roman Empire; however, these civilizations produced stunning art as each tribe made its way across Europe. 60 min.
The Dark Ages: The Wonder of Islam •
Islam was birthed in the Near East and spread across North Africa and into Europe, bringing with it an exceptional artistic footprint. Through this movement, Islam imparted its own distinctive forms of architecture, ways to gaze at the stars, and art designed to depict the wonders of paradise. 60 min.
The Dark Ages: The Men of the North •
Viking raids on Ireland and Britain targeted monasteries where monks produced illuminated manuscripts of breathtaking beauty. Yet the Vikings who terrorized Dark Age Europe spent as much time creating their own stunning artwork as they did stealing it from others. 71 min.
Finding Your Roots: New Orleans Jazz • February 1
Join Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on his quest to “get into the DNA of American culture” in Finding Your Roots. Today’s program focuses on New Orleans jazz masters and close friends Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, whose European immigrant ancestors made very different choices in the slave-era South. 60 min.
Finding Your Roots: In Search of Our Fathers •
Professor Henry Louis Gates explores the paternal ancestry of author Stephen King and actors Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance. 60 min.
Finding Your Roots: The Stories We Tell •
Professor Henry Louis Gates explores the mysteries buried in the family stories of his guests, political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell, and artist Kara Walker, using records left behind and DNA. 60 min.
Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions •
Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip-hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations. 60 min.
Now available in Isabel Hall,
Art à la Carte $5 lunch special
(vegetarian option available).
Jim Chintyan presents a check in support of Art à la Carte for July and August, 2015 to John Henry, FIA Director and Kathryn Sharbaugh, Assistant Director of Development. This popular program runs year-round. Thanks to Mr. Chintyan, it's free to the public beginning at 12:15p each Wednesday during the summer.