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Film Screening: "The Grain Keepers"

Still from The Grain Keepers
October 17, 2014 -

This evening's tribute to Monica Maduro includes an homage to her affinity for collecting salt and pepper shakers. To honor this passion, Will Allen and Kateri O'Neil have chosen to celebrate the granular vessels in all their glory. While these grain distributors are usually regarded as utilitarian, banal objects that merely serve a culinary purpose, Allen and O'Neil highlight their form over their function in a video that showcases their whimsical nature and loveable quirks.

Panel Discussion: "The Artist as Philanthropist: Artist-Endowed Foundations as a New Force in Cultural Philanthropy"

Robert Rauschenberg color photogravure
December 6, 2014 -

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Aspen Institute present a panel discussion exploring the emerging role of artist-endowed foundations as a force in cultural philanthropy and in the stewardship of America’s artistic heritage. The panel discussion highlights pioneering research by the Aspen Institute, published as National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, documenting the rise in private foundations created in the United States by visual artists.

Symposium: "Keith Haring: The Political Line"

haring artwork of pig
November 8, 2014 -

9:30–10:30 am
Exhibition viewing (special exhibition tickets required; advance purchase strongly advised)

10:30–10:40 am
Introduction by Colin B. Bailey, director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

10:40–11:25 am
Dieter Buchhart, exhibition curator

11:30 am–12:15 pm
Jane Dickson, artist, teacher, and friend of Keith Haring

12:15–1:45 pm
Lunch break and exhibition viewing (special exhibition tickets required; advance purchase strongly advised)

Docent Lecture: "California Treasures: Women Who Make a Difference", by Kay Payne

Salvador Dalí, Portrait of Dorothy Spreckels Munn, 1942. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Munn, 1989.65
November 4, 2014 -

This intriguing lecture, which features painting, sculpture, and photography, celebrates a multitude of remarkable women: community leaders, activists, entertainers, artists, entrepreneurs, and politicians. These exceptional women come from every walk of life, serving on the front lines—and they are treasures who make an enormous contribution to California.


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