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Curator Lecture: "The Monuments Men," Melissa Buron, Assitant Curator, European Art, FAMSF

Monuments men
November 11, 2013 -

This special Veterans Day lecture features the stories of Thomas Howe Carr, a former director of the Legion of Honor and one of World War II's "monuments men," an Allied group tasked with saving art and other culturally significant items from wartime destruction.

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Art History Lecture: "Yua: Spirit of the Arctic," by Jill LeCrone

Mask, ca. 1915. Eskimo, Cup'ik
November 14, 2013 -

Eskimo and Inuit people believe that all living things—and even inanimate objects—possess yua, a spirit or soul. Carved masks, sculptures, and everyday objects reflect not only their time-honored beliefs and traditions, but also their gratitude and respect for spirits, animals, land, and sea.

Jill LeCrone is a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Docent Lecture: "Impressionists on the Water," Marsha Holm

Gustave Caillebotte, "Regatta at Argenteuil," 1893
October 1, 2013 -

Nautical life is revealed in more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by artists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Denis, and Paul Signac—Impressionists and Post-Impressionists whose breathtaking artistry reflects a deep understanding of pleasure boating and competition. Their brushwork suggests both the atmospheric effects and the sensations of movement that contribute to these enterprises on the water.

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Guest Lecture: "Celestial Navigation," by Robert Darr, Director and Head Instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding

Claude Monet, "Sailboats on the Seine," 1874
September 29, 2013 -

This talk describes the most fundamental elements of celestial navigation, the basics of which had become well established by the mid-nineteenth century.  The method, developed by Marcq Saint Hilaire in 1875,  became the normal practice during the period of the Impressionists and is still used today by navigators (including the speaker).  

Robert Darr, director and head instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, is the son of a schooner captain based in Tahiti. He has been a wooden boatbuilder for forty years.

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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 -

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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