Shelly Zegart has spent more than three decades researching, documenting, and showcasing the rich heritage of quilting in America. Garnering national and international recognition, her work combines rigorous academic scholarship with a deep respect and personal connection to the craft. Her lectures, essays, and books embrace concerns that engage collectors, curators, historians, folklorists, and others.
Richard Benefield is the deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Maria Santangelo is the associate curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This lecture is an invitation to discover our kaleidoscopic world—a continuously changing pattern of shapes and colors, brilliant and resplendent as well as soft and muted. Light makes color visible during the bright morning or the soft glow of the late afternoon, creating intriguing shadows that are a prelude to the darkness and silence of the night.
The Weisel Family Collection represents an extraordinary gift of Native American art to the Fine Arts Museums, spanning nearly a thousand years of artistic production: from 11th-century Mimbres ceramics to early 20th-century works by recognized artists such as Nampeyo, with additional masterworks of Navajo weaving, Pacific Northwest art, and the first Plains ledger drawings to enter the permanent collection.
Throughout the 20th century, art was influenced by the race and gender of the artist. African American women artists Elizabeth Catlett, Betye Saar, Mildred Howard, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker all built on the accomplishments of their predecessors to create art that reflects their personal experiences and the eras in which they lived.
An exploration of art created by women from the beginning of time to the present day, this lecture highlights women who were innovative, independent, and determined, who told their stories with a paintbrush in a multitude of colors. They created penetrating portraits, evocative scenes from everyday life, and intimate and sensitive revelations of their worlds, rendering their experiences in beautifully crafted works of art.
Since the mid-19th century, American women have pursued careeers in sculpture that often looked to the past, but also brought powerful, new, and important voices to the medium. We will look at both women sculpted and women artists from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums.
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.