Florence Gould Theater

Guest Lecture: "Fresh and Fired: Flowers and Sèvres Porcelain" by Dame Rosalind Savill

Wine Cooler, 1765. Soft-paste porcelain, Sèvres Factory, French. Museum purchase, San Francisco Foundation Grant from the Michael Taylor Trust
April 25, 2015 - 2:00pm3:00pm

The Rococo brought the garden indoors, and the French royal factories of Vincennes and Sèvres created porcelain flowers to capture this fleeting new naturalism. They also invented vases, pots, and tubs both for real and for porcelain flowers, and containers either for growing plants and bulbs, or for floral perfumes and potpourri. Models were adapted with the seasons, and could be found displayed in private and public rooms, on chimney pieces, pier tables or commodes, or decorating dining tables. Sèvres embraced and enhanced the passing beauty of real flowers with their magical permanence

April 25, 2015 - 2:00pm

Docent Lecture: "A Portrait of Marie-Antoinette: Art, Fashion, and Revolution in 18th Century France", by Kathryn Zupsic

Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine- de Autriche, reine de France
May 23, 2015 - 2:15pm3:15pm

This is the story of Marie-Antoinette, the ill-fated queen of France, illustrated with the lavish art and fashions of her time, played out against a backdrop of political unrest and revolution. Marie-Antoinette was the undisputed European queen of fashion, a distinction which initially brought her success, but ultimately led to her demise.

May 23, 2015 - 2:15pm

Docent Lecture: "Our Second Skin: Clothing as Social Language in Art", by Victoria Kirby

Vigée-LeBrun, Hyacinthe
May 17, 2015 - 2:15pm3:15pm

Western artists have used clothing and drapery to reveal information about a wearer's social and economic positions, religious affiliation, politics, nationality, marital status, and fashion sense. Clothing can also provide fascinating information about a society and its attitudes, tell a story, or define a person's psychological state.

May 17, 2015 - 2:15pm


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