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"Astonish me! Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1909-1929) – Designs for Ballet", by William Eddelman

Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Stage set design for act 1 of the opera-ballet Le coq d'or (The Golden Cockerel)
October 3, 2015 -

Please join the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council (AGAC) for Astonish Me! Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-1929) – Designs for Ballet, an illustrated talk by William Eddelman. Dr. Eddelman will discuss the evolution of Ballets Russes set and costume designs in the early twentieth century, with special attention to designs in the theater and dance collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the works on paper department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

October 3, 2015 - 10:00am

Ennion: Master of Roman Glass

December 5, 2015 -

Lecture by Christopher Lightfoot, curator of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The invention of glassblowing revolutionized the production of glass vessels in the Greco-Roman world. At the forefront of its development was Ennion, who perfected the technique of mold blowing in the early first century AD. Not only was he the greatest exponent of the craft, but he signed his work, thereby creating a brand name, and as it were, a designer label.

December 5, 2015 - 2:00pm

Docent Lecture: "Puttin’ on the Ritz: Masterpieces of Jewelry", by Ellen Harden

Wreath, 4-3rd century BC
October 18, 2015 -

Why do we wear jewelry? Before written language, or the spoken word, there was body adornment. Jewelry was worn as symbols of status, cultural pride, religious worship, or just as adornment. Included in this lecture are examples of magnificent jewelry from the ancient world to the present day.

October 18, 2015 - 2:15pm

Docent Lecture: "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking", by Julia Geist

Subscription watch
October 24, 2015 -

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”

October 24, 2015 - 1:00pm

Docent Lecture: "Painting with Sunshine: van Gogh, Matisse, and Other Painters in Provence", by Kay Payne

Paul Cézanne, Forest Interior, ca. 1898–189
October 6, 2015 -

The natural beauty and warm sunshine in the South of France inspired a number of 19th- and 20th-century artists, who celebrated it in paintings that glow with resplendent color. van Gogh, Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir, and Dufy are just a few of the artists included in this fascinating lecture.

October 6, 2015 - 2:15pm

Docent Lecture: "Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville", by Clara Morrissey

Berthouville Treasure
October 24, 2015 -

In 1830, a French famer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville, in rural Normandy, accidentally discovered a hoard of spectacular silver-gilt objects that were deliberately buried during antiquity. The items, all dated to the first or second century AD, were dedicated to the Roman god Mercury and collectively became known as the Berthouville Treasure.

October 24, 2015 - 2:15pm


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