Florence Gould Theater

Docent Lecture: "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900," Jim Kohn

March 11, 2012 - 2:15pm3:00pm

This exhibition traces the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Included are superb Victorian artworks encompassing painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decorations, handmade and manufactured furnishings, art photography, and modes of dress. Masters as diverse as painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler and designer William Morris, among many, are represented.

Docent Lecture: "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900," Maureen O'Brien

March 6, 2012 - 1:00pm2:00pm

This exhibition traces the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Included are superb Victorian artworks encompassing painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decorations, handmade and manufactured furnishings, art photography, and modes of dress. Masters as diverse as painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler and designer William Morris, among many, are represented.

Docent Lecture: "History in a Teacup: Traveling with Porcelains from China to California," Peggy Gordon

March 6, 2012 - 2:15pm3:00pm

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’ beautiful porcelain collection in the context of history.

New Discoveries at Çatalhöyük: A Neolithic “Town” in Central Turkey

February 25, 2012 - 2:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Director, Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University

Çatalhöyük is a 9000-year-old site in central Turkey long famous for its enigmatic art and symbolism and its large size at a very early date. Since 1993 Ian Hodder has been conducting excavations at the site with an international team of archaeologists and scientists. In this talk he will outline some of the more recent results regarding the economic, social, and religious lives of the inhabitants of this ancient settlement.

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