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Guest Lecture: "Pyramids, Mummies, and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries" by Dr. Zahi Hawass

picture of Dr. Zahi Hawass at an archaeological dig site
May 22, 2014 - 6:00pm8:00pm

6–7 pm, Lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Minister of Antiquities, Egypt 

7–8 pm, Book signing and reception

Join the FIne Arts Museums of San Francisco for a very special lecture by famed Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, presented by the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums. Immediately following his talk, Dr. Hawass will sign copies of his most recent book, Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA. Guests are also invited to enjoy a reception in the Hall of Antiquities.

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Director's Lecture: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art", by Colin B. Bailey

April 8, 2014 - 10:00am12:00pm

Colin B. Bailey is the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and an internationally respected art historian and curator. Before joining the Museums, he most recently served as deputy director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York, and he held a similar position at the National Gallery of Canada. He has also held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in London, Bailey earned his doctorate in art history at Oxford University.

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Docent Lecture: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art", by Maureen O'Brien

Renoir and Cezanne paintings
May 24, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Intimate Impressionism includes nearly 70 paintings by 19th-century avant-garde artists. The exhibition features a selection of intimately scaled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, still lifes, portraits, and landscapes whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. Included are significant works by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Many paintings in the exhibition were displayed in domestic interiors, and they often became gifts shared among friends.

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Docent Lectures: "Introduction to Porcelain: History in a Teacup", by Peggy Gordon and "Focus on the Focus Objects", by Betty Hollett

porcelain plate
May 15, 2014 - 10:00am12:00pm

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' collection of beautiful porcelain in historical context.

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Guest Lecture: "Ailsa Mellon Bruce: Collector and Patron of the National Gallery," Dr. Mary Morton, National Gallery of Art

Mary Morton
March 29, 2014 - 2:00pm3:00pm

National Gallery founder Andrew Mellon’s two children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, were also collectors and major patrons of the National Gallery. They were both drawn to the luminous, color-saturated paintings of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and they each amassed a significant collection of these works to enjoy in their homes, while always intending to give the pictures to the nation. Dr. Mary Morton will discuss some of the highlights of their collecting, with particular attention paid to Ailsa Mellon Bruce, whose activities are less well known than her brother's.

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Docent Lecture: "Matisse from SFMOMA", by Rita Dunlay

April 19, 2014 - 2:15pm3:15pm

Celebrating the Bay Area’s longstanding enthusiasm for Henri Matisse, Matisse from SFMOMA traces four decades of the artist’s career—from his early, Cézanne-inspired still lifes to his richly patterned and brightly colored figural paintings made in the 1920s and 1930s.

This intimate exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from the internationally acclaimed collection of works by Matisse at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, joined by two paintings and two drawings from the Fine Arts Museums' own important Matisse holdings.

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Docent Lecture: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art", by Kay Payne

Renoir painting of a woman and Cezanne still life
April 19, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Intimate Impressionism includes nearly 70 treasured paintings by 19th-century avant-garde artists. The exhibition features a selection of intimately scaled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, still lifes, portraits, and landscapes whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. Included are significant works by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Many paintings in the exhibition were displayed in domestic interiors, and they often became gifts shared among friends.

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Docent Lecture: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art", by Jim Kohn

L: Auguste Renoir, "Madame Henriot", ca. 1876.  R: Paul Cézanne, "Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit", c. 1900.
April 1, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Intimate Impressionism includes nearly 70 treasured paintings by 19th-century avant-garde artists. The exhibition features a selection of intimately scaled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, still lifes, portraits, and landscapes whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. Included are significant works by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Many paintings in the exhibition were displayed in domestic interiors, and they often became gifts shared among friends.

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