Dr. Massumeh Farhad is chief curator and curator of Islamic art, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution.
Florence Gould Theater
The San Francisco Ceramic Circle presents Dutch Money, Germany Know-How, and French Taste: Sixty Years of Dutch Porcelain (1759–1814), by Jan Daniël van Dam, Independent Ceramic Scholar and former Keeper of Ceramics, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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.
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.
Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter, Johan Cederlund, director, Zoornmuseet, Mora, Sweden
The guest lecture Smooth Sailing on the Seine? Not Always: Discover the Impressionists' Racy Side by Dr. Anne Prah-Perochon has been cancelled.
James A. Ganz is the curator for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.