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Docent Lecture: "Frank Stella: A Retrospective", by Mina Shea

Frank Stella, Lac Laronge III, 1969
November 13, 2016 -
12:30pm1:30pm

Frank Stella burst onto the art scene in 1959 at age 23, with his now-legendary series of black paintings. Over the years his abstract compositions have become increasingly complex and dynamic, moving out from the walls into the third dimension, expanding the very definition of painting. The de Young is the only West Coast venue for this retrospective covering six decades of Stella’s work, including paintings, wall mounted reliefs and sculptures.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty-Minute Spotlight: The Ancient Maya and the Roots of our Addiction to Chocolate", by Mina Shea

Plate with monkey and cacao pods, 600–900 AD
November 1, 2016 -
1:00pm1:30pm

Did you know that the ancient Maya were passionate about chocolate? Through narratives on Maya ceramics and their hieroglyphic writings, we discover that the Maya treasured chocolate and recent discoveries provide scientific verification.

Film Screening: "Labyrinth" starring David Bowie

The Labyrinth, 1986
October 14, 2016 -
7:00pm8:40pm

Labyrinth (1986, 101 minutes) is a fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas, and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film revolves around 15 year-old Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie).

Film Screening: "Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya", by Patricia Amlin

Video still from Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya, by Patricia Amlin
October 20, 2016 -
10:30am11:30am

Popol Vuh is a corpus of mytho-historical narratives of the Postclassic K'iche' kingdom in modern-day Guatemala's western highlands. The title translates to "book of the community", "book of counsel", or, more literally as "book of the people". Popol Vuh's prominent features are its creation myth, its diluvian suggestion, its epic tales of the hero twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué, and its genealogies.

The tale of Hunahpú and Xbalanqué has been rendered in this hour-long animated film by Patricia Amlin.

Guest Lecture: "African Art Beyond the Pedestal and Vitrine", by Lizetta LeFalle-Collins

Figure of an ancestor or deity, 1027–1209
October 27, 2016 -
10:30am12:00pm

Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, PhD, Co-Principal of LeFalle/Collins Projects L/CP is an art historian, curator, and writer. Since 1991, she has organized exhibitions for museums nationwide as well as for international biennials. She is the founding curator of visual arts at both the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco and has authored and contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, brochures, and scholarly journals.

Guest Lecture: "Engaging with Content Using Historical Thinking", by Bob Bain

Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto), Young Man from the Renialme Family, ca. 1547–1548
October 6, 2016 -
10:30am12:00pm

Bob Bain is an associate professor in educational studies and history at the University of Michigan. He serves as a faculty associate in the museum studies program and is director of the International Institutes and School of Education’s World History and Literature Initiative. He earned his PhD in history with a concentration in youth policy.

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