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Docent Lecture: "High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection", by Gretchen Turner

James, "Clover Leaf" ball gown
July 11, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Gowns, accessories, and other looks by the most influential designers of the last one hundred years—including Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, and Charles James—trace the evolution of fashion in the 20th century. See High Style, this exclusive West Coast presentation from the Brooklyn Museum’s distinguished costume collection.

Docent Lecture: "Impressionist Paris: City of Light", by Jim Kohn

Marville, Rue Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois from Rue des Prêtres
July 7, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

From the dark alleys at the dawn of the Impressionist era to the world of color and light of the early 20th century, the city of Paris was a continual source of inspiration for the artists and photographers who adopted it as a subject. This presentation features prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrated books from the permanent collection and several distinguished private collections.

Docent Lecture: "Women Sculpted, Women Sculptors—From Object to Artist", by Mina Shea

Karen LaMonte, Dress 3
June 2, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Since the mid-19th century, American women have pursued careeers in sculpture that often looked to the past, but also brought powerful, new, and important voices to the medium. We will look at both sculptures of the female form and sculptures by women artists from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums.

Guest Lecture: "Fresh and Fired: Flowers and Sèvres Porcelain" by Dame Rosalind Savill

Wine Cooler, 1765. Soft-paste porcelain, Sèvres Factory, French. Museum purchase, San Francisco Foundation Grant from the Michael Taylor Trust
April 25, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

The Rococo brought the garden indoors, and the French royal factories of Vincennes and Sèvres created porcelain flowers to capture this fleeting new naturalism. They also invented vases, pots, and tubs both for real and for porcelain flowers, and containers either for growing plants and bulbs, or for floral perfumes and potpourri. Models were adapted with the seasons, and could be found displayed in private and public rooms, on chimney pieces, pier tables or commodes, or decorating dining tables. Sèvres embraced and enhanced the passing beauty of real flowers with their magical permanence

Docent Lecture: "A Portrait of Marie-Antoinette: Art, Fashion, and Revolution in 18th Century France", by Kathryn Zupsic

Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine- de Autriche, reine de France
May 23, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

This is the story of Marie-Antoinette, the ill-fated queen of France, illustrated with the lavish art and fashions of her time, played out against a backdrop of political unrest and revolution. Marie-Antoinette was the undisputed European queen of fashion, a distinction which initially brought her success, but ultimately led to her demise.

Docent Lecture: "Our Second Skin: Clothing as Social Language in Art", by Victoria Kirby

Vigée-LeBrun, Hyacinthe
May 17, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Western artists have used clothing and drapery to reveal information about a wearer's social and economic positions, religious affiliation, politics, nationality, marital status, and fashion sense. Clothing can also provide fascinating information about a society and its attitudes, tell a story, or define a person's psychological state.

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