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LECTURE: "The Odyssey of Quetzalcoatl: Art and Transnationalism in West Mexico's Late Antiquity" by John M. D. Pohl

Bowl depicting the head of a death deity, 1400-1500. Mexico, Nayarit, Aztatlan Culture
October 29, 2016 -
10:00am12:00pm

The Friends of Ethnic Art present the 2016 Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture by John M. D. Pohl, PhD; Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History, UCLA.

The ceramic arts of ancient West Mexico are renowned for their refined execution and inventive design. The abstract treatment of such subjects as fierce warriors and playful dogs appealed to collectors in the 1960s and remain highly sought after today. At the same time, a significant but lesser known tradition of highly decorative and colorful works also appeared on the art market. 

"Kitsch to Art Moderne: Meisen Kimono in the First Half of Twentieth Century Japan"

September 17, 2016 -
10:00am11:30am

When Japan opened its doors to the West during the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the former feudal society experienced an influx of foreign culture. The resulting industrial revolution stimulated the textile industry and created a border consumer market including “commoners” who were once restricted from wearing silk or colorful kimonos. This new market created a sudden blossoming of popular designs for kimono, haori, winter baby wraps, and futon.

Docent Lecture: "The Bold and the Beautiful - Sculpture at the de Young", by Clara Morrissey

July 5, 2016 -
11:30am12:00pm

This talk includes works from the de Young’s collection of over 800 sculptures spanning many centuries and cultures.  Works from the outdoor Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden to art within the galleries will be included on this tour of the Bold and the Beautiful.

 

Docent Lecture: "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West", by Alfred Escoffier

Ed Ruscha, Honey . . . . I Twisted Through More Damned Traffic To Get Here, 1984
July 23, 2016 -
12:30pm1:30pm

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West includes 99 works that reveal the artist’s engagement with the American West and its role in our national mythology. This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and celebrates the career of one of the world’s most influential and critically-acclaimed artists.

Docent Lecture: "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West", by Marsha Holm

Ed Ruscha, Busted Glass, 2014
July 16, 2016 -
12:30pm1:30pm

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West includes 99 works that reveal the artist’s engagement with the American west and its role in our national mythology. This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and celebrates the career of one of the world’s most influential and critically-acclaimed artists.

Costumes for Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” 1909-1929

Costume design for Potiphar's wife in the ballet, La légende de Joseph, by Léon Bakst (Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg), 1914
June 11, 2016 -
10:00am11:30am

For a period of twenty years (1909–1929) Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” astonished European audiences and became the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. By employing very talented designer/artists in ground breaking artistic collaborations, his company redefined the aesthetics of ballet. Focusing on selected costumes, this lecture shows the relationships between designers' sketches, finished costumes, and thematic interpretations. We will look carefully at costume details and talk about the various fabrics and decorative trims that were used.

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