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“Once I was blind, but now can see”… How To Read Art and Enjoy It Far More

August 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am11:30 am
| Cost: $20 | Cost for Members: FREE

This is an online class!

Whether viewing art in a museum, a gallery, or in a book or on-line, art touches us. But, do we really fully understand what we happen to be seeing? This lecture will explore ways to view art and thereby gain deeper insights and aesthetic satisfaction. Using a variety of paintings and statues, the talk will move across the centuries and artistic movements.

Instructor: Dr. Simon Sibelman
Wednesday, 10-11:30 am

One class: August 19

Dr. Simon Sibelman is a respected scholar and lecturer on the Holocaust.  A graduate of the University of Richmond and King’s College-University of London, he taught Holocaust, French, and Jewish Studies at the University of London before returning to the United States in 1990 to assume a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

In 2009, he assumed the position as Assistant Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, rising to the position of Executive Director in 2012.  In 2013, he was appointed director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University where he was also awarded the Leon Levine Distinguished Professorship of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. 

Dr Sibelman currently resides in Western Massachusetts, and is a frequent and well-respected lecturer at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums.

Online Class Instructions

The day before the first class you will receive an invitation from the Museum School to join the online lecture in the (free) Zoom application.

Watch this orientation video if you are new to Zoom: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ. You may download and install the Zoom application at any time. We recommend you do this at least one day prior to your first online class. Choose the download option that best fits your technology. Unless you will be using an iPad or mobile device, the first option is most likely the one you’ll need.

The Day of Class
1. Class will begin at 10 AM. Simon will be on Zoom 15 minutes before the class starts.
2. You may login early, but if you step away from your computer before class starts leave Zoom open.
3. Connection is better if you close all web browsers on your computer while on Zoom.
4. Due to high volume on Zoom, connection may be imperfect at times.
5. If you have technical issues during class, quit Zoom and then login again. If you still have trouble, shut down your computer, wait 2-minutes, and then try again.
6. You may wish to have your camera on during class, as this helps with feeling connected, however, camera mode is optional. Once you have logged in and are connected, we ask that you mute your microphone. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the lecture.
7. You may want to add a photo to your profile; see these instructions. This is optional.
8. Wear a headset or earbuds or close a door to help limit background noise during class.
9. Plan ahead so that you will not be multi-tasking during the program.


August 19, 2020
10:00 am–11:30 am


Zoom App
MA United States


Museum School
413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382


Cost for Members: