Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Our 25th Year Continues!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on
Sunday, October 10, 2021 Via Zoom

To discuss the eighth theme in her book
Under the Bridges at Arroyo del Rey

Donna Stein
Art Historian, Curator, Critic


9:30 am – Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healing Arts Practitioner
Janet Martorello


10 am until noon – Program



Nan Rae



Opening Song
"Together Again"
Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS



Salute to Birthdays
Graham Lance Richardson


Main Address:
The Empress and I: My Life as an
Art Advisor in Pre-Revolutionary Iran

Presented by
Donna Stein
Art Historian, Curator & Critic


Followed by Discussion

All are invited to participate - just "raise your hand"
so that Curtis McElhinney will call on you.


Highlighted with Music
Douglas Decker
"Let It Be Me"


"From a Distance"
Music and Lyrics by Julie Gold 
Susie Katharine Shaw


To conclude Susie will lead us in Richard King's favorite
Native American Prayer


About Our Speaker
Donna Stein
Instagram @donnasteiniran

[includes images related to Iran and the collection not included in THE EMPRESS AND I, but are part of Donna Stein's extensive archive]

The Empress and I: How an Ancient Empire Collection, Rejected and Rediscovered Modern ArtLeft: Cover of The Empress and I: How an Ancient Empire Collection, Rejected and Rediscovered Modern Art, published by Skira, December 2020. Photograph on the cover is a detail of an image by Jila Dejam from 1977.

The Empress and I:
My Life as an Art Advisor in Pre-Revolutionary Iran

Donna Stein is an art historian, curator, and critic who was educated at The University of California at Los Angeles and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She was trained by the legendary Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. After a six-year stint at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Ms. Stein served as art adviser on western modern art for the Secretariat of Her Imperial Majesty, the Shahbanou of Iran. Her memoir entitled The Empress and I: How an Ancient Empire Collected, Rejected and Rediscovered Modern Art was published by Skira Books.

Donna SteinRight: Digital Photograph by Sophie Gallagher, Donna Stein, 2020

Over the course of her distinguished career, Ms. Stein has published more than 100 articles and over 40 books and catalogues related to her primary curatorial interests: Cubism, Modern Illustrated Books, History of Photography and Contemporary American and Iranian art. Ms. Stein has organized exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami and The Detroit Institute of Arts among many other cultural institutions and museums around the world. Ms. Stein's notable curatorial projects investigating Cubism and Modern Illustrated Books include The Cubist Print, Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara; Cubist Prints/Cubist Books, New York Franklin Furnace Archive; I Libri Cubisti, Siena, Italy’s Palazzo Communale, and The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books, San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor. Ms. Stein was the first American scholar to study nineteenth century photography in Iran and her notable publications on this fascinating subject include articles in History of Photography and Muqarnas, a Harvard-based journal of Islamic Art and Architecure.

Paul Gauguin, Still Life with Japanese Print, 1889Left: Paul Gauguin, Still Life with Japanese Print, 1889, Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches. Collection of The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Acquired in 1976.

More recent publications on Iranian art and culture include two chapters in Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity (2013). In addition, an extensive essay covering her activities collecting western photography for what became the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was included in The Indigenous Lens: Early Photography in the Near and Middle East, (2018). Ms. Stein recently received an award for innovation from the Los Angeles Chapter of Art Table. The Art Libraries Society of New York cited her meticulous scholarship and she was awarded fellowships and grants from the Richard A. Florsheim Art Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and the French Government. Ms. Stein recently retired from museum administration after serving as Deputy Director of the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Los Angeles. She writes and studies in California’s San Gabriel Valley where she lives with her husband Henry Korn in the shadow of historic Mount Wilson.


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"Together Again"
By Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS

I’m not in the mood for living, emotions are out of control
The house is cold and empty,
since you left without letting me know
My friends all say I’m crazy for not letting your memory go
But to me it all so simple, it’s just that I still love you so

I woke up early this morning,
range your number, the phone was dead
Drank some coffee, stared at your picture,
cried my eyes out and fell back in bed
I don’t know how to pick up the pieces,
how to regain control of my life
Life is so empty without you,
my best friend, my lover, my wife

How can we abandon the memories,
the good times and bad times we’ve shared
How can love dwindle to nothing,
it’s as though you never really cared
Please come home! let’s talk about our feelings,
I can’t believe this love is in vain
I’ll keep praying pretending and loving,
until we’re together again

I miss your sweet smile in the morning,
your tender lips and much much more
Keep thinking I hear you returning,
oh how I wish you’d just walk through our door
I can’t face living without you,
for me the future holds only pain
I don’t see how I can ever be happy until we’re together again

Well I guess I’ll just go set the table,
I’ll pretend you’ll be home tonight
I’ll pretend you’re back in my arms again,
that we didn’t have that last ugly fight
My heart is screaming I love you,
how long must I bear this loneliness and pain?
Life is so empty without you,
please come home lets be together again


"Let It Be Me"
"Let It Be Me" is a popular song originally published in French in 1955 as "Je t'appartiens" interpreted by Gilbert Bécaud. It became popular worldwide with an English version by the Everly Brothers...

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet, love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
What would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be meL

Each time we meet, love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
What would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be me


"From A Distance"
Music and Lyrics by Julie Gold

From a distance, the world looks blue and green
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance, the ocean meets the stream
and the eagle takes to flight.
From a distance, there is harmony and it echoes
through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace.
It’s the voice of every man.

From a distance, we all have enough, and no one is in need.
There are no guns, no bombs, no diseases,
no hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance, we are instruments marching
in a common band;
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace,
they’re the songs of every man.

From a distance, you look like my friend
even though we are at war.
From a distance, I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.
From a distance, there is harmony and it echoes
through the land.
It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
It’s the heart of every man.

God is watching us, God is watching us from a distance.
God is watching us, God is watching us from a distance.



All 2021 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Please let us know which salons you can attend by calling (626) 449-1238.

With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.

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