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2019:12.06 - Eric Karpeles - Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Please join us in an investigation into the life and times of Polish painter Józef Czapski, following further along the path of discussion begun between Eric Karpeles and TNS Host Michael Lerner in the spring of 2019. That talk was prompted by the release of Karpeles’s biography of Czapski, “Almost Nothing,” and his translation of the painter's lectures on Proust given in a Soviet prison camp. The upcoming publication of a lavishly-illustrated monograph of Czapski’s paintings and drawings, “An Apprenticeship of Looking,” is the occasion of this further inquiry in which the question "how does an artist live his life?” will be addressed.

1hr 40mins

4 Jan 2020

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2019:03.01 - Eric Karpeles - The Quest for Czapski

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Join TNS Host Michael Lerner in an interview with painter, writer, and translator Eric Karpeles as they discuss two new books about Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski: Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski and Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp.

2hr

4 Jun 2019

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2013.07.13: Eric Karpeles - Jozef Czapski's 20th Century Life

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Eric KarpelesJozef Czapski's 20th Century LifePolish painter and writer Jozef Czapski (pronounced CHAP-skee) is virtually unknown to American artists and readers of the English language, though he is a figure of considerable historical, political, and cultural importance in both Western and Eastern Europe. Moved by the quality of Czapski’s work and the integrity of his life, Commonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles is writing a book that will be both an introduction to his character and achievements, and a critical assessment of his painting and writing, placing this creative legacy into an historical context. Fresh from his return after a long research trip to Poland, Eric presents an illustrated talk about Czapski to TNS, followed by a conversation with Michael Lerner.Eric KarpelesCommonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles is a painter and writer. Born and raised in New York, he has also lived in India and in France, settling in Bolinas in 2007. His painting career has been shaped by the quest for a spiritual presence in art, and by a negative response to the elitism of the contemporary marketplace. The Rockefeller Chapel is a room-sized painting he completed in 1996, a permanent installation at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. Karpeles writes about painting and the intersection of literature and visual aesthetics; his book, Paintings in Proust, translated into several languages, was a “book of the year” in the NY Times, the Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 50mins

13 Jul 2013

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2012.07.21: Michael Tilson Thomas in conversation with Eric Karpeles

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Michael Tilson Thomasin conversation with Eric KarpelesThe New School at Commonweal is very pleased to present this conversation between San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Commonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles. Informal and wide-ranging, the conversation will be accessible to music-lovers of all degrees, and in keeping with Commonweal’s ongoing commitment to exploring the role of healing and the arts.Michael Tilson ThomasJust recently becoming the longest-reigning conductor in the San Francsico Symphony’s 100 year history, Michael repeatedly leads performances of intensely powerful music-making in programs full of emotional depth and staggering clarity. The orchestra is playing with virtuosic ebullience these days and the term “golden era” has been increasingly used to describe the institution’s current state of being. Thomas works from an encyclopedic breadth of musical history which helps listeners make connections and understand the context of a piece to great effect. A tireless educator, Thomas created a series of fascinating musical portraits of composers known as “Keeping Score” which air on PBS. In terms of impact, the orchestral academy Thomas created, New World Symphony, has been very significant to the artistic, personal, and professional development of outstanding young instrumentalists since 1987. Thomas is also the principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, a composer, and a concert pianist.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 11mins

21 Jul 2012

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2012.04.20: Adrienne Rich - A Memorial with Eric Karpeles

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Tribute to Adrienne RichPresentation by Eric KarpelesAdrienne Rich, who died at her home in Santa Cruz on March 27, 2012, was a writer and thinker of enormous stature. Her first book of poetry was singled out by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets series in 1951 and Rich continued publishing books of poems in every subsequent decade. She used her awareness of herself as a woman—full of passion and compassion, gentleness, rage—as a framework to understand the inequities of modern life. Unabashed in her critical thinking, she possessed a unique and oracular voice in American poetry.…I have been standing all my life in thedirect path of a battery of signalsthe most accurately transmitted mostuntranslateable language in the universeI am a galactic cloud so deep so invo-luted that a light wave could take 15years to travel through me And hastaken I am an instrument in the shapeof a woman trying to translate pulsationsinto images for the relief of the bodyand the reconstruction of the mind.—Adrienne Rich, from “Planetarium,” 1971Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 1min

20 Apr 2012

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2011.12.05: Eric Karpeles - The Last Threshold: Artists and Mortality

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Eric KarpelesThe Last Threshold: Artists and MortalityBolinas painter and writer Eric Karpeles will talk about the role that artists have played in helping to imaginatively frame and comprehend the idea of how we cease to be.How is it that artists, engaged in the most willful need to express their very beings, seem to overcome the fear of the loss of self? Focusing on three distinct art forms—painting, poetry and music—and three supreme practitioners—Mark Rothko, Emily Dickinson and Gustav Mahler—Karpeles will attempt to create an awareness of how, in their struggle to give voice, artists make use of their accumulated subjective experience to look and listen and learn with acute attention and focus, navigating between the physical world and the life of the mind. The boundary between what we know and what we cannot know is a minefield of stimulation for artists, who help teach us by example how to meaningfully embrace the end that awaits us all.Erik KarpelesCommonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles is a painter and writer. Born and raised in New York, he has also lived in India and in France, settling in Bolinas in 2007. His painting career has been shaped by the quest for a spiritual presence in art, and by a negative response to the elitism of the contemporary marketplace. The Rockefeller Chapel is a room-sized painting he completed in 1996, a permanent installation at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. Karpeles writes about painting and the intersection of literature and visual aesthetics; his book, Paintings in Proust, translated into several languages, was a “book of the year” in the NY Times, the Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 35mins

5 Dec 2011

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2011.06.23: Anna Deavere Smith and Eric Karpeles - Listening between the Lines

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Anna Deavere SmithListening between the LinesObservation is one of the most exacting skills every artist must cultivate. For a writer, listening is critical to the process of transmuting observed reality into art. Playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith has shaped a singular career mining the riches of both spoken and unspoken language. Honoring her sources, she has developed an idiosyncratic theatrical form that is composed exclusively of verbatim texts hobbled together from years of interviews with both ordinary and extraordinary people. Her journey has led her through riot-torn streets and up academic ivory towers, encountering a dazzling cross-section of American individuals.Commonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles talks with Anna about her production, “Let Me Down Easy,” which is centered on the drama of the human body and its rough handling in the hands of the medical-industrial complex.Anna Deavere SmithAnna a poet, teacher, actor, and playwright. Her explosive theater works about race in America—Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992—garnered considerable acclaim. Television and film credits include Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President and The Human Stain. A professor at NYU, Smith is founder of The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue and has taught at Harvard and Stanford. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1996. Find out more about her work on her website.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 11mins

23 Jun 2011

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2009.10.18: Eric Karpeles - It's About Lyme: Film Screening

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Eric KarpelesIt's About Lyme: Film ScreeningA two-part community awareness program for the town of Bolinas, this was a community discussion, film screening of Under Our Skin, and conversation with film producer Andy Abrahams Wilson to learn more about one of the fast growing epidemics in our world today.How does one contract Lyme? What is the protocol once one is infected? What is the long range prognosis for recovery? What is the nature of chronic Lyme disease? These are among the issues to be raised and discussed, in a context of information presented and treatments explored.Join artist and Commonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles as he facilitates this community forum about Lyme Disease.Eric KarpelesCommonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles is a painter and writer. Born and raised in New York, he has also lived in India and in France, settling in Bolinas in 2007. His painting career has been shaped by the quest for a spiritual presence in art, and by a negative response to the elitism of the contemporary marketplace. The Rockefeller Chapel is a room-sized painting he completed in 1996, a permanent installation at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. Karpeles writes about painting and the intersection of literature and visual aesthetics; his book, Paintings in Proust, translated into several languages, was a “book of the year” in the NY Times, the Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 28mins

17 Oct 2009

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2009.07.15: Hanford Woods & Eric Karpeles - What Is Art? Reading Shakespeare and Tolstoy

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Hanford Woods and Eric KarpelesWhat Is Art? Reading Shakespeare and TolstoyJoin Michael Lerner in conversation with Shakespearean professor Hanford Woods and artist Eric Karpeles about Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tolstoy’s What Is Art.Familiarity with both works of art is optional but recommended.Hanford WoodsHanford teaches Shakespeare at Dawson College in Montreal and is a longtime Bolinas resident. Eric KarpelesCommonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles is a painter and writer. Born and raised in New York, he has also lived in India and in France, settling in Bolinas in 2007. His painting career has been shaped by the quest for a spiritual presence in art, and by a negative response to the elitism of the contemporary marketplace. The Rockefeller Chapel is a room-sized painting he completed in 1996, a permanent installation at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. Karpeles writes about painting and the intersection of literature and visual aesthetics; his book, Paintings in Proust, translated into several languages, was a “book of the year” in the NY Times, the Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 33mins

14 Jul 2009

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2009.06.12: Eric Karpeles - My Book Is A Painting: Marcel Proust & Resonance of the Visual Image

Exploring Nature, Culture and Inner Life

Eric KarpelesMy Book Is A Painting: Marcel Proust and the Resonance of the Visual ImageArtist and Commonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles, author of Paintings in Proust, presents this illustrated talk about the visual images alluded to in Marcel Proust’s writing.Paintings in Proust has received considerable acclaim in the United States, Britain, and France, where the French edition sold out its first printing in three weeks. Salman Rushdie called it his favorite book of the year. The New York Times claimed the book elicited “the literary equivalent of a hosanna.” A New York Observer critic wrote that the work is “authoritative, intelligent, amusing, and can be enjoyed without prior exposure to Proust.” The same can be said about Eric’s talk, which, while specifically about Proust, is also generally about the mind of the artist and the creative process.Eric KarpelesCommonweal Board Member Eric Karpeles is a painter and writer. Born and raised in New York, he has also lived in India and in France, settling in Bolinas in 2007. His painting career has been shaped by the quest for a spiritual presence in art, and by a negative response to the elitism of the contemporary marketplace. The Rockefeller Chapel is a room-sized painting he completed in 1996, a permanent installation at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. Karpeles writes about painting and the intersection of literature and visual aesthetics; his book, Paintings in Proust, translated into several languages, was a “book of the year” in the NY Times, the Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal.Find out more about The New School at tns.commonweal.org.

1hr 20mins

11 Jun 2009