Docent Lecture: "Mummies! The Medicine, Myths, and Marvels of Ancient Egyptian Mummification", by Charlotte Read

Coffin of Irethorrou, Egyptian, Akhmim
November 17, 2016 -
10:30am12:00pm

Ancient Egypt meets modern medicine in this exhibition that makes use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to explore two of the Fine Arts Museums’ mummies. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, museum curators, and conservators has learned more about how these embalmed individuals lived, died, and were prepared for the afterlife.

Docent Lecture: "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection", by Clara Morrissey

Secretary of state Diamond Eagle, circa 1890
November 19, 2016 -
2:30pm3:30pm

Madeleine Albright was named the first female Secretary of State in 1997, and became, at the time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government. This exhibition features more than 200 pins which she famously used to make poignant diplomatic statements. Albright used jewelry as a form of communication after Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent.” She responded by wearing a golden snake brooch to her next meeting with Iraqi officials.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: Legendary Stories Behind the Legion of Honor", by Virginia Ernster

Legion of Honor
November 1, 2016 -
1:00pm1:30pm

This brief talk relays the history of the Legion of Honor that are tall but true. They involve a benefactress who was a force of nature (Alma Spreckels), as well as a prince in Paris, a self-proclaimed emperor, a pioneer of modern dance, San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a former cemetery-turned-golf course, and more—not to mention great art!

Docent Lecture: "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France", by Carol Porter

Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640
November 19, 2016 -
12:30pm1:30pm

The mysterious Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features over 50 of their works, from  religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.

Docent Lecture: "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France", by Ellen Harden

Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640
November 1, 2016 -
11:30am12:30pm

The Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features more than 50 of their works, from  religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.

The Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist's Book: "Futures of the Book: How artists redefine print media"

Daniel Mellis and Eugene Ostashevsky
October 22, 2016 -
1:00pm5:00pm

Throughout history, many artists have approached the book as a particular kind of challenge: an invitation to imagine its form and its future in their own terms. The merging of narrative and image has a rich history that spans thousands of years—from cave drawings to illuminated manuscripts, the visions of William Blake, and contemporary books—but the artist’s book only came into its own as a recognized genre in the twentieth century. Join prominent historians, artists, curators, and scholars as we explore the past, present, and future of this vital, engaging art form.

"Monet: The Early Years" Teacher Workshop

Claude Monet, "La Grenouillère", 1869
March 4, 2017 -
9:00am4:00pm

This groundbreaking exhibition is the first to be devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career, from 1858 to1872, examining. How the artist integrated multiple influences to develop his own radical signature style. This workshop will include curriculum materials, gallery- viewing prompts, a contextual presentation, and studio activity. The program is designed for teachers of grades K–12. 

"The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France" Teacher Workshop

Le Nain, "Peasants before a House", ca. 1640
October 29, 2016 -
9:00am4:00pm

What was life like for painters in seventeenth 17th-century France? This intimate examination of the Le Nain brothers’ life and work provides a compelling case study with strong connection to both art and history curriculum standards. This workshop will include educator resources, a guided tour of the exhibition, activities, and time to share ideas with colleagues. This program is designed for teachers of fourth grade and up. 

Veteran's Day Film Screening: "Eleven"

Veteran's Day Film Screening: "Eleven"
November 11, 2016 -
2:00pm4:30pm

After discovering his late grandfather's WWII Navy journal, film director George Retelas set out to capture the stories of the remaining air men that served with his grandfather. Eleven (2016, 120 min.) is a documentary film comprised of interviews by eleven WWII veterans from Carrier Air Group 11 told entirely in their own words, as the veterans recount their Naval Aviation tours off Guadalcanal Island and aboard the USS Hornet in the Pacific Theater. The screening will be followed by Q & A with the film's director.

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