Florence Gould Theater

Guest Lecture: "The Pursuit of Grace: My Life with Wooden Boats," by Robert Darr, Director and Head Instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding

September 29, 2013 - 2:00pm3:00pm

This talk, richly illustrated by photographer Scott Wall, will explore the timeless appeal of traditional wooden boats like the ones depicted on the canvases of the Impressionist painters featured in the Legion of Honor's current exhibition Impressionists on the Water. The presentation will examine the aesthetic elements that made the wooden boats of this period so appealing in general, and so inspiring to those who built and used them.

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Docent Lecture: "I Left My Art in San Francisco: Works from Bay Area Artists," Jim Kohn

March 25, 2012 - 2:15pm3:00pm

This lecture reviews works of art in the Fine Arts Museums’ permanent collection that illustrate the history and culture of the Bay Area. From the Gold Rush to the present day, the work of local artists shows us the unique place where we live. We look at local artists’ prints and paintings, landscapes and portraits—people and places that give San Francisco its special place in all our hearts.

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Docent Lecture: "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900," Marsha Holm

March 25, 2012 - 1:00pm2:15pm

This exhibition traces the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Included are superb Victorian artworks encompassing painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decorations, handmade and manufactured furnishings, art photography, and modes of dress. Masters as diverse as painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler and designer William Morris, among many, are represented.

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Docent Lecture: "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900," Jim Kohn

March 11, 2012 - 2:15pm3:00pm

This exhibition traces the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Included are superb Victorian artworks encompassing painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decorations, handmade and manufactured furnishings, art photography, and modes of dress. Masters as diverse as painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler and designer William Morris, among many, are represented.

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Docent Lecture: "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900," Maureen O'Brien

March 6, 2012 - 1:00pm2:00pm

This exhibition traces the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Included are superb Victorian artworks encompassing painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decorations, handmade and manufactured furnishings, art photography, and modes of dress. Masters as diverse as painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler and designer William Morris, among many, are represented.

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Docent Lecture: "History in a Teacup: Traveling with Porcelains from China to California," Peggy Gordon

March 6, 2012 - 2:15pm3:00pm

The 17th century was a period of trade—and espionage—with China. The object of desire was porcelain, “white gold,” and the secrets of its manufacture. This lecture looks at the Museums’ beautiful porcelain collection in the context of history.

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New Discoveries at Çatalhöyük: A Neolithic “Town” in Central Turkey

February 25, 2012 - 2:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Director, Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University

Çatalhöyük is a 9000-year-old site in central Turkey long famous for its enigmatic art and symbolism and its large size at a very early date. Since 1993 Ian Hodder has been conducting excavations at the site with an international team of archaeologists and scientists. In this talk he will outline some of the more recent results regarding the economic, social, and religious lives of the inhabitants of this ancient settlement.

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