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"Weaving a Colorful History at Levi Strauss & Co., from the Gold Rush to the PPIE and Today", by Tracey Panek

Illustration of seamstresses sewing waist overalls. Image Courtesy of Levi Strauss & Co. Archives
November 7, 2015 -

Join historian Tracey Panek for a colorful journey through the 162-year history of Levi Strauss & Co., a San Francisco native and the originator of the blue jean. Levi Strauss built a small company on the durability of a garment and the company still stands tall today in the heart of San Francisco. One of the original start-ups in the city, Levi Strauss & Co. was a crowd favorite at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, featuring the award-winning assembly line as the first to apply this innovative manufacturing process in the apparel industry. During her talk, Ms.

November 7, 2015 - 10:00am

LECTURE: "Tracing Patterns of Textiles in Ancient Java (8th-15th Century)"

Goddess Parwati, 14th century Java
October 10, 2015 -

From the past to the present, textile art is one of the most important cultural expressions throughout the Indonesian archipelago. There is, however, a virtual absence of physical evidence of textiles prior to the 16th century. But despite this lack of material evidence, a plethora of textile depictions are carved on stone and metal statues as well as temple reliefs. These include images of banners, pillows, throne covers, wall hangings, and clothing; some are embellished with patterns, others blank. Of any carved images, the most prevalent by far falls into the category of clothing.

October 10, 2015 - 10:00am

Guest Lecture: "Enshrined in Mystery and the Object of Profound Speculation: the Double Life of Mr. Turner", by Gillian Forrester

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Regulus
September 11, 2015 -

Gillian Forrester is senior curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art and works on 18th-, 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century visual cultures of Britain and the former British Empire. Her publications include Turner’s Drawing Book: The Liber Studiorum (Tate, London, 1996) and Rebecca Salter: Into the Light of Things (Yale University Press, 2011).

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Curator Lecture: "Abstract Expressionist Laments: Robert Motherwell's Elegies and American Art at Mid-Century", by Emma Acker

Robert Motherwell, At Five in the Afternoon, 1950
September 4, 2015 -

Presented in collaboration with the Dedalus Foundation in New York and mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist’s birth, the exhibition Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell’s Elegies in Bay Area Collections will present thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991) from his seminal series Elegies to the Spanish Republic, and will be on view at the de Young Museum from September 5, 2015–March 6,

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