Beat Generation and Beyond

John Natsoulas published a book on the galleries of the San Francisco Beat Generation and is an important historian of the period with first-hand knowledge, interviewing over 350 artists, musicians and poets and producing over 10 publications about the period. He is also the director of the Davis Jazz Beat Festival, which has had great musicians and poets including Michael McClure, Phillip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, and Amiri Baraka, just to name a few. Natsoulas also has created many collaborative events in the spirit of the Beat Generation and gives an incredible lecture about the period. The lecture runs 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Questions and Answers.

The Funk Movement

Currently, curator, lecturer and historian John Natsoulas is working with Peter Selz on the Funk Book. He has recently, published The Great California Art Movement: UC Davis Fine Art Alumni Exhibition: 1960-1990, covering the critical Funk Artists, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly and others. The lecture includes the beginning of the 1960s from the transition out of Funk to the figure and includes the whimsy and political nature of Funk and the exaggeration of color, medium and subject matter that the Funk Artists mastered. The lecture includes the 2nd and 3rd generation Funk Artists and the crossover of the Chicago Harry Who group with the California Funk artists. The Lecture runs 45 minutes with 15 minutes of questions and gives the viewer a clear understanding of the transition between the Beat and Funk Artists in the early 1960s through the late 1970s.

The Practice of Art

An artists’ seminar on how to become an artist, how to market, present and promote your work and the steps to maintaining a career in art. John Natsoulas has published the book, The Art of Rejection and taught the class at UC Davis practice of Art with Dr. Andy Jones and David Hollowell. This hands-on seminar will last 2-3 hours.

How to Create an Affordable Community Based Public Art Program

This is a two-part lecture or seminar. The first part is going through step by step procedures on how to bring everyday people in the community together to make collaborative art that is very affordable and how cities can use it to market their community as a destination. This includes large murals, sculptures, etc. Part two is a hands-on work shop demonstrating how to create a large format mural or sculpture with your group. John Natsoulas was the winner of the American Planning Association Best Grass Roots Art Project in 2015.

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