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"Astonish me! Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1909-1929) – Designs for Ballet", by William Eddelman

Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Stage set design for act 1 of the opera-ballet Le coq d'or (The Golden Cockerel)
October 3, 2015 -
10:00am11:30am

Please join the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council (AGAC) for Astonish Me! Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-1929) – Designs for Ballet, an illustrated talk by William Eddelman. Dr. Eddelman will discuss the evolution of Ballets Russes set and costume designs in the early twentieth century, with special attention to designs in the theater and dance collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the works on paper department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Ennion: Master of Roman Glass

December 5, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

Lecture by Christopher Lightfoot, curator of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The invention of glassblowing revolutionized the production of glass vessels in the Greco-Roman world. At the forefront of its development was Ennion, who perfected the technique of mold blowing in the early first century AD. Not only was he the greatest exponent of the craft, but he signed his work, thereby creating a brand name, and as it were, a designer label.

Docent Lecture: "Puttin’ on the Ritz: Masterpieces of Jewelry", by Ellen Harden

Wreath, 4-3rd century BC
October 18, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Why do we wear jewelry? Before written language, or the spoken word, there was body adornment. Jewelry was worn as symbols of status, cultural pride, religious worship, or just as adornment. Included in this lecture are examples of magnificent jewelry from the ancient world to the present day.

Docent Lecture: "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking", by Julia Geist

Subscription watch
October 24, 2015 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”

Docent Lecture: "Docent Lecture: "The World of Jane Austen: Art and Culture in 18th- and 19th-Century Britain", by Kathryn Zupsic

Lawrence, Mary, Countess of Plymouth
October 6, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts, from the paintings of Gainsborough and Reynolds to the elegant Georgian townhouses of Bath and the fashions of the day.

Guest Lecture: "What California Modern Wrought: The Apotheosis of Ceramic Sculpture", by Diana Daniels

Tip Toland, Wall Flower, 2011
November 15, 2015 -
10:30am12:00pm

Diana L. Daniels is the curator of contemporary art at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Her areas of responsibility include painting and sculpture since 1945, photography, contemporary ceramics, and the arts of Africa and Oceania. Over the past decade, she has enhanced the permanent collection with acquisitions of works by many contemporary artists.

Docent Lecture: "Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville", by Clara Morrissey

Berthouville Treasure
October 24, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

In 1830, a French famer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville, in rural Normandy, accidentally discovered a hoard of spectacular silver-gilt objects that were deliberately buried during antiquity. The items, all dated to the first or second century AD, were dedicated to the Roman god Mercury and collectively became known as the Berthouville Treasure.

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