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Docent Lecture: "All That Glitters . . . Jewelry at the Fine Arts Museums", by Peggy Gordon

Wreath from Greece, 4-3rd century BC
October 7, 2014 -

Gold objects have fascinated all cultures from almost the beginning of time. Gold has been important both for its secular and its religious use. Using representations in the Fine Arts Museums' collection, we view examples of gold jewelry and other objects from around the world.

Docent Lecture: "What's the Story? Narratives in Works from the Permanent Collection", by Jim Kohn

Thomas Hart Benton oil painting of Susanna and the Elders
September 21, 2014 -

Discover lively stories from the Old and New Testaments, classical legends, the poetry of Italy and France, and American history. Who inspired The Thinker? Where is "Carlotta Valdes" from the movie Vertigo?  It's all in this illuminating presentation of narratives seen in artworks at the Fine Arts Museums.

Docent Lecture: "Women Sculpted, Women Sculptors—From Object to Artist", by Mina Shea

cast glass sculpture
August 31, 2014 -

Since the mid-19th century, American women have pursued careeers in sculpture that often looked to the past, but also brought powerful, new, and important voices to the medium. We will look at both sculptures of the female form and sculptures by women artists from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums.

Docent Lecture: "Matisse from SFMOMA", by Rita Dunlay

August 31, 2014 -

Celebrating the Bay Area’s longstanding enthusiasm for Henri Matisse, Matisse from SFMOMA traces four decades of the artist’s career—from his early, Cézanne-inspired still lifes to his richly patterned and brightly colored figural paintings made in the 1920s and 1930s. This intimate exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from the internationally acclaimed collection of works by Matisse at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, joined by two paintings and two drawings from the Fine Art


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