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Wayne Thiebaud: Modern Master of Pastel

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Wayne Thiebaud, “Various Pastels (Pastel Scatter),” 1972. Pastel on paper, 10 1/2 x 14 in (26.6 x 35.5 cm). Private Collection. © 2021 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photograph by Randy Dodson, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

Known for his mouth-watering paintings of cakes and candy counters, the late Wayne Thiebaud (1920–2021) covered with his work a much broader range of themes and media. Hear from Furio Rinaldi, curator of Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, in conversation with Rachel Teagle, founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, in this discussion about the beloved artist’s imagery, drawing process, and enduring legacy.

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This program is in support of the exhibition, Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, and is part of our Free Saturdays initiative. Every Saturday the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. 

About the Speakers

Rachel Teagle is the founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, which opened in November 2016. Teagle curated the opening exhibition, Out Our Way, and in 2018 curated Wayne Thiebaud: 1958–1968. Prior to UC Davis, Teagle served as founding director of The New Children's Museum in San Diego and as a curator and department head at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where she developed the programming plan for the museum's new satellite facility and commissioned major permanent installations by Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, Ernesto Neto,  Richard Wright, and Eija-Liisa Ahtila. She also held curatorial positions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Anderson Collection.
Furio Rinaldi
, PhD, is the curator of drawings and prints in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Fine Arts Museums’ department of works on paper. An expert on 15th- and 16th-century drawings—particularly the schools of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo—Rinaldi has authored many publications and organized exhibitions on the subject. His curatorial experience includes positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. Most recently he was a specialist in the department of old master and 19th-century drawings at Christie’s in New York.

About the Exhibition

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present presents a powerful selection of masterpiece drawings done with pastel, one of the most versatile and adaptable media in art history. Spanning from the Renaissance to most recent artistic experimentations—and featuring works by Rosalba Carriera, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, John Altoon, and Wayne Thiebaud—the exhibition highlights technical aspects of pastels with an emphasis on the design process behind the works. Drawn mostly from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Museums’ department of works on paper, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of pastel through the richness of the Bay Area art collections with selected loans from local private collections and public institutions.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required for staff and adult visitors at all times on museum premises (City-owned property). Masks may be temporarily removed for eating and drinking while seated in the museum or outdoors. Cleaning routines have been increased, and sanitizing stations are available throughout the Legion of Honor. Learn more about our rigorous health and safety measures.

There is no drinking or eating allowed inside the Gunn Theater, we encourage you to step outside temporarily or visit our café after the program.

Ticket Information

Seating is limited and unassigned. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis an hour before the lecture begins in front of the Gunn Theater. This does not include admission to the exhibition.

Every Saturday the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties.

Contact Information

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(415) 750-7624