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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 -

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.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: Rise of Modern Art in America", by Alfred Escoffier

Robert Henri, Lady in Black with Spanish Scarf (O in Black with a Scarf), 1910
June 7, 2016 -

American Post-Impressionist artists were part of a major rift in modern art in the early 20th century. The most significant turning point was "The International Exhibition of Modern Art” in 1913, or the “Armory Show.” The exhibition brought together European and American artists in the most shocking exhibition the country had ever seen. Many of the artists are well known today: Paul Cezanne, James McNeill Whistler, Henri Matisse, Robert Henri, William Glackens, and many others. The lecture explores these important artists who were on the cusp of major changes in painting and sculpture.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: Diebenkorn and Bay Area Art", by Jim Kohn

Richard Diebenkorn, Seawall, 1957
June 7, 2016 -

Richard Diebenkorn provoked an important dialogue between representation and abstraction during his period of work in Berkeley. In 1955, when he was nationally acclaimed as an abstract artist, he confounded the art world with his dramatic shift to representation. Diebenkorn started out painting in a representational mode but later switched to Abstract Expressionism while studying and teaching at the California School of Fine Arts, between 1946 and 1949. Then, during his Berkeley years, Diebenkorn changed and enhanced his working methods, favored themes, and artistic identity.

Docent Lecture: "Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective", by Carmen Mahood

Oscar de la Renta evening dress, spring 2012. Emerald-green silk taffeta
May 8, 2016 -

This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition includes more than 130 pieces produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family. These garments are organized into thematic sections: early work; Spanish; Eastern; Russian; garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; ball gowns and red carpet ensembles.


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