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Guest Lecture: "Matisse in San Francisco" Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA

Matisse La Conversation
December 1, 2013 -
2:00pm3:00pm

Henri Matisse visited the Bay Area just once, in 1931, before setting sail for Tahiti. However, the French master's art and legend in this region stretch back to 1906, just after the great earthquake, when the American expatriates Sarah and Michael Stein returned home from Paris to check on their properties, bringing Matisse paintings along with them in their luggage. The Steins' local presentation of the artist’s brightly colored canvases—the first of the artist's works to be seen in the United States—launched the region's longstanding passion for the Matisse and his art.

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

Monuments men
November 11, 2013 -
2:00pm3:00pm

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 -
10:00am12:00pm

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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