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Learning the Language of Art w/ Art Muse L.A.: Photography

$15 per device Online Experience
1 hour
Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon, Peacock, 1861
Claude Cahun, I Am in Training, Don't Kiss Me, 1927
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What We’ll Do

Have you ever felt that photographs are taking over the world? Or wondered why an image is better than the millions of pictures on social media? Like sometimes, you just don’t “get” what makes a great image and why it’s in a museum or gallery. You’re not alone, but deciphering a picture is not as impenetrable or mysterious as it can often seem.

Join visual artist and art lecturer Regina Mamou (Art Muse Los Angeles) as she takes us on a journey to explore fine art photography from the 19th century to the present. Learning the Language of Art: Photography is a fun, unpretentious, and participatory show. We will unpack, demystify, and learn to converse about images through three “rounds” of tips, games, and group hilarity. If you’ve ever encountered a picture at a museum or gallery that is a head-scratcher, we will break down the artwork’s main ideas while learning photo-specific language and vocabulary to describe and explain it. This is a chance to impress friends and family with your newfound appreciation and understanding of photography and its history. If you’ve ever felt like a picture is speaking a secret language, then let us help you speak it too!

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About Your Host
Regina Mamou and Art Muse L.A.
Regina Mamou and Art Muse L.A.

Regina Mamou is a Los Angeles-based visual artist and art lecturer with a specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Jordan. Regina is a first-generation Iraqi American and a third-generation Polish American. Her background has informed much of her artwork. She is currently the first artist-in-residence at The Wende Museum of the Cold War (Los Angeles, California), where she is working on a project about the relationship between the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Regina has been an art educator and lecturer since 2006. She started her work in museum education at The Art Institute of Chicago, lecturing on a wide variety of art topics and special exhibitions. She also held the role of study leader, a position where she was responsible for extensive research in art for The Art Institute of Chicago’s travel programs to Cuba, Morocco, and Poland. Regina joined the team of Art Muse Los Angeles in 2014 and continues to lead virtual and in-person tours in the Los Angeles area.


Art Muse Los Angeles is a community of art historians, artists, and educators who offer virtual and in-person art encounters. We are dedicated, enthusiastic scholars who enjoy sharing our knowledge of art with audiences of all levels of expertise, from the novice to connoisseurs and collectors. An encounter with art can ignite inspiration to be carried into each day for a more gratifying personal lived experience, or, open our eyes to the experience of others. Our virtual and in-person gatherings, guided by an expert on the Art Muse LA team, foster immersive encounters with art.

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