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Guest Curator Lecture: "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art", by Harry Cooper, Curator and Head of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Roy Lichtenstein painting
June 6, 2014 -

Inaugural Robert and Daphne Bransten Lecture: Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection
Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern art, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Textile Arts Council Lecture: "Lampung Imagery, Textile Iconography of Sumatra", by Thomas Murray

lampit ritual mat
June 14, 2014 - 10:00am

The Lampung District in Sumatra is home to the most celebrated textile tradition of the Indonesian Archipelago. This is an area known at its core for ancient Austronesian megaliths, Bronze Age decorative influences, and the great cultural impulse of the Buddhist/Hindu state of Srivijaya. A millennium ago, there also washed upon its shores a cosmopolitan world of ideas and trade goods from China, India, Arabia, and Europe in exchange for prized Lampung pepper.

Film Screening: "Black Orpheus" (1959, 107 min.)

May 23, 2014 -

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’s Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the 20th-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event.

Film Screening: "Monterey Pop" (1968, 78 min.)

Monterey Pop poster
May 16, 2014 -

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would propel the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse group of performers that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and Ravi Shankar. In his characteristic vérité style, D. A.

Spoken Word: "The Red and the Black, Native and African Americans: Mixing the Traditions", featuring poets Devorah Major, Kim Shuck, and others

work of art by El Anatsui
May 9, 2014 -

Vision Series: Black History at the de Young
The Red and the Black, Native and African Americans: Mixing the Traditions

Spoken-word performances featuring San Francisco poet laureate Devorah Major, Native American poet Kim Shuck, Indira Allegra, Marvin K. White, and others.

Guest Lecture: "The Future of Food and Family Farmers: Thinking about Food Utopias," by Paul V. Stock, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Paul Stock
May 2, 2014 -

From pollinating bees to dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, how we produce and consume food says much about our relationship with the air, water, plants, and animals that surround us and nourish us. Family farmers play a vital role in the system. We all have different and deeply personal answers about what constitutes good food that are shaped by traditions, experiences, nutrition, and community. So what's in your food utopia?

Guest Lecture: "More Than Meets the Eye: Language in the Visual Arts," by Leslie Ross

book cover
April 25, 2014 -

Dr. Leslie Ross, professor and chair of Art History at Dominican University of California, will explore the relationship between written texts and visual images in the history of art from ancient to modern times through a wide-ranging and thought-provoking series of selected examples from diverse cultures and geographic areas. Her focus will be on the use of words as art and in art, from the obvious to the elusive, the puzzling to the profound. 


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