Salon XV

Thursday 1st March 2012

Short Cuts

For our March 1st Salon, we were in situ at the panelled library at the ultra glam University Women’s Club in Mayfair.   So, befitting such surroundings Salon presented – Short Cuts.  People came as receptive buds, and left with the blossoming wisdom of ancients, the mind of a genius, and the creative skills of an art movement.

Arthur I Miller was on hand to give us an ‘in’ to the brains of both Einstein and Picasso, and explained they were not so different as you might imagine.  Both Einstein with relativity and Picasso with cubism were trying to find solutions to the same problem - the pesky 4th dimension, described by total brainbox Arthur in his Pulitzer prize nominated work as ‘space, time and the beauty that causes havoc’.

And on we went, exploring our inner cubist,  our secret surrealist, our undercover dadaist and covert expressionist.  How we learnt to draw like Picasso, Mondrian and Kandinsky in this wild whirlwind session.  NY/LDN artist Susan Supercharged guided us as we created our own Abstract masterpieces to take home in our Salon party bags.  

Then to the tune of Frankie Valli on stormed to the Salon stage, famed classicist Natalie Haynes who gave us a short cut to the minds of the Greeks and Romans. She led us through the thinking of the sages, why cities are good, how you can solve political problems by withdrawing from sex, and why Stringer Bell was a Sophoclean hero. She certainly did answer once and for all exactly what the Greeks and Romans did for us.

Salon audience, again, you were wonderful. 

Next Salon 4th April - Adam St member's club....


  • Natalie Haynes

    Natalie Haynes

    The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

    Natalie Haynes specialised early, taking triple Classics at A-level. She graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1996. She is an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She is a regular panellist on . . .
  • Arthur I Miller

    Arthur I Miller

    Einstein, Picasso.

    ARTHUR I. MILLER is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London. He is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art (on the one hand) and science (on the . . .
  • Susan Supercharged

    Susan Supercharged

    Draw Like Picasso, Mondrian, Kandinsky.

    Susan Supercharged is a multi media artist, who studied, painted, practised and pranced on the mean streets of New York City in the 1980's before relocating to London in the 1990's. ( An interesting bit of trivia: Susan acted in a film . . .


  • University Women's Club

    2 Audley Square, London

    W1K 1DB