Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.

Course Spotlight: The Paris Opera Ceiling by Marc Chagall

Instructor: Vivian R. Jacobson
Thursday, March 9 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Book signing 11:30 – Noon. | $10




The Paris Opera Ceiling at the Palais Garnier was commissioned by Andre Malraux, the Minister of Culture under Charles DeGaulle in 1963.

This monumental work was developed and executed by Chagall when he was 79 years of age. Join us for an interactive and engaging lecture that will be devoted to the original preparatory sketches to the final artwork. In this artwork, Chagall never forgets his love of Vitebsk, his birthplace, Paris or the composers of the music that he adored: Mussorgsky, Gluck, Adam Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy, Rameau, Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet and Mozart. All this memory embellished in luscious colors of blue, white, red, green and yellow. Chagall believed that the integration of art and music would bring world peace. The Paris Opera Ceiling is a true example of that dream. This is one opportunity not to be missed!

Vivian R. Jacobson personally met and hosted Marc Chagall at her home in Chicago that began a 15-year friendship with him and his family. Her insights are interesting and unique as she relates her personal experiences in working with Chagall on various national and international projects the last eleven years of his life. She was the president of the American Friends of the Chagall Biblical Message Museum from 1978 – 1982 and the Chairman of the Chagall Tapestry Project at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from 1982 to 1986. Jacobson has lectured in 22 states, Europe and Israel. She has been a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council since 2001. Her book, Sharing Chagall: A Memoir provides the reader with many intriguing stories about her experiences in working with Chagall. Her book has sold 3000 copies and will be available for sale with a book signing after the session.

See the full list of Spring Daytime Enrichment Courses