From 1918 until the early 1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe made regular visits to the family estate of Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George in upstate New York, where she reveled in the discovery of new subject matter and found respite in the rural setting without the distractions of city life. O’Keeffe’s experiences there inspired one of the most transformative and productive periods of her career, energizing the development of her signature modernist style.
Ann Hedlund is the director of the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies at the Arizona State Museum, and curator of Ethnology and professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Julie Muniz is the former associate curator of Craft and Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California.
Matthew Robb is curator of Art of the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Deborah Valloma is a special assistant to the provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Studio Assessment Chair of the Textiles Program, and an associate professor of Textiles and Fine Arts Graduate Programs at the California College of the Arts.
Since their archaeological and artistic remains were first studied by Western scholars about a century and a half ago, we have begun to appreciate that the ancient Maya rulers of Central America were possessed by the study of time, the calendar, and astronomy. This lecture mainly examines the evidence that suggests Maya priest-astronomers carefully watched the planet Venus, clocking its motion to an accuracy of better than two hours in five centuries, all without the advantage of the technologies we have today.
Jill D'Alessandro is the curator of Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Live music by John Santos Sextet, celebrating the African diaspora.
About the Visions Series
The Sankofa Project, led by Keenan Weber, plays music of Africa and America, including traditional blues, jazz, and Americana.