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Docent Lecture: "Action and Reaction: The Avant-Garde at the Turn of the Century," by Marsha Holm

November 30, 2013 -
2:15pm3:15pm

What makes progressive art not just new and different, but something that will have a long-term impact? Something that will make future artists act and react? This lecture puts works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and others from their era in the context of their times.

Docent Lecture: "Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter," by Maureen O'Brien

 Anders Zorn, "Reveil,bBoulevard Clichy",1892.
November 30, 2013 -
1:00pm2:00pm
Featuring 100 works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, this major retrospective promises to be a revelation for those yet to discover the vibrant artistic personality of Sweden's master painter. In Paris Zorn matched the Impressionists as a chronicler of modern life. In America he rivaled John Singer Sargent as a sought-after portraitist of glittering high society. And in Sweden Zorn captured his native folk culture and the Nordic landscape.

Docent Lecture: "Artful Animals," Julia Geist

Anonymous Indian artist, Composite Camel, 19th century
November 5, 2013 -
1:00pm2:00pm

From sustenance to companionship, animals have played a variety of roles in our lives and inspire a range of emotions—fear, love, awe—as well as a host of symbolic associations. This exhibition draws from the vast resources of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts to produce a compelling portrait of the animal world, represented in a wide array of cultures, artistic styles, and media from about AD 1500 to the present.

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.

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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