Quest Learning Community

A communal learning experience for adults
designed to expand one's intellectual and social world.

Art, Music, Dance, and Film

These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, click here and also see more details at the bottom of this page.


Coordinators: Bob Reiss, Joan Diamond, Linda Downs, Lynnel Garabedian
Coordinator Emerita: Sandy Gordon

Since the late 20th century the visual arts have increasingly served and responded to an international audience. Artists & their Work recognizes this wider yet smaller world by focusing on multicultural modernism. We will study artists from the five continents to acknowledge that while geographic origin remains relevant to making art, ease and speed of communication are also influential creative factors. Some talks will relate to ongoing NYC museum exhibitions.


Coordinators: Steve Koenig, Wayne Cotter

Each session will focus on one album by a band or solo artist and be enriched by related tracks from the band’s career or works by others which shed light on the album. Discussion will cover performer histories, musical styles, historical contexts and critical reactions. Our definition of “rock” will be inclusive, containing branches of reggae, soul, folk and country. Some artists we might present include The Smith, Aretha Franklin, Toota and the Maytals, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, and Tracy Chapman.


Coordinators: Steve Koenig, Victor Brener, Frieda Lipp

At each session, we view a different opera and engage in a lively discussion of the text, staging, medium, and the historical and cultural backgrounds. This semester may include Pauline Oliveros’ Njinga: The Queen King, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Aulis Sallinen’s King Lear, Ernst Krenek’s Karl V., and Benjamin Britten’s Death In Venice.


Coordinators: Sol Makon, Arlynn Greenbaum, Bob Reiss

Through movie clips and discussion, film lovers will have the opportunity to explore a broad range of noteworthy directors from the silent era to today. We will learn about their techniques, motivations and originality. What makes their films resonate and pass the test of time?


Coordinators: Howard Salik, Bobbie Gold, Rita Buttolph

Two critical parts of a Film Today class are: (1) Identify 4 new out-standing movie releases. Members volunteer to present a 5-8 minute critique of each film at our next class meeting followed by audience comments. A follow-up summary is sent to those on our mail list. (2) Film-related past events are highlighted in a 20-minute segment. Past specials include milestones in film history.

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