Everyone, I hope you can come to the Opening Reception of The Fool’s Journey Tarot Art Exhibit curated by Robert Place in Los Angeles.

Opening Reception

Saturday | January 23, 2010
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Admission: $10 Donation/ CAFAM Members Free RSVP to (323) 937-4230 x50 or rsvp@cafam.org

Curator’s Lecture for The Fool’s Journey with curator Robert M. Place

Learn more about the fascinating history of the Tarot and its roots in the Italian Renaissance with curator and scholar Robert M. Place.
Sunday | January 24, 3 pm
FREE with the cost of museum admission

Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum
Address: 5814 Wilshire Boulevard , Los Angeles, CA , 90036
Cross Streets: Wilshire / Curson
Region: Westside/Beverly Hills Area
Phone: (323) 937-4230
Food Services: Beverages (wine, beer) and appetizers

The Fool’s Journey: The History and Symbolism of the Tarot
January 24, 2010 – May 9, 2010

Curated by Robert M. Place

While known today primarily as a fortune telling or occult deck, the Tarot was born out of the intellectual and artistic developments of the Italian Renaissance. Links to the Tarot’s icons and symbology can be found in the popular arts and philosophy of this rich historic period. Influenced by alchemy, Hermetic mysticism and the concept of Anima Mundi (the fifth element of life), the Tarot became a conversation between mystics and artists that has lasted over five centuries. This exhibition will illuminate the 22 cards of the Tarot’s major arcana, from the Fool to the World, presenting historic examples from early decks and relating them to other works of art from that era. It will continue with historic examples of the French deck known as The Tarot of Marseilles and early occult decks that bloomed from this tradition. Popular twentieth century decks including the Waite-Smith Tarot, and works of art by modern Tarot artists will be featured to provide a deeper understanding of the Tarot’s artistic legacy and message of mystical transformation.

Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, author, illustrator, and Tarot Designer, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan and graced the covers and pages of numerous books and publications. He has written several volumes on the art and philosophy of Tarot including The Tarot: History, Symbolism and Divination, The Alchemical Tarot, The Tarot of the Saints and The Buddha Tarot. Robert is recognized throughout the world as an expert on and gifted teacher of the Western mystical tradition and the history and philosophy of the Tarot.