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Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: A Gift to San Francisco—The Rockefeller Collection of American Art", by Sharon Walton

John Singleton Copley, American, Mrs. Daniel Sargent (Mary Turner), 1763
August 2, 2016 -

A Gift to San Francisco: The Rockefeller Collection is an introduction to the origins of the collection, its collectors, and a look at a few of the over 100 paintings currently on view in the American Galleries.

LECTURE: "The Odyssey of Quetzalcoatl: Art and Transnationalism in West Mexico's Late Antiquity" by John M. D. Pohl

Bowl depicting the head of a death deity, 1400-1500. Mexico, Nayarit, Aztatlan Culture
October 29, 2016 -

The Friends of Ethnic Art present the 2016 Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture by John M. D. Pohl, PhD; Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History, UCLA.

The ceramic arts of ancient West Mexico are renowned for their refined execution and inventive design. The abstract treatment of such subjects as fierce warriors and playful dogs appealed to collectors in the 1960s and remain highly sought after today. At the same time, a significant but lesser known tradition of highly decorative and colorful works also appeared on the art market. 

Film Screening: "The Grapes of Wrath"

July 29, 2016 -

The Grapes of Wrath (1940, 129 minutes) was one of Ed Ruscha's favorite classics. The film was director John Ford's most famous black and white epic drama - the classic adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1940 Pulitzer Prize-winning, widely-read 1939 novel. [The sentimental film is much more closely related to Ford's social protest dramas, The Informer (1935) and How Green Was My Valley (1941) than to his magisterial Westerns.] This film was the most popular left-leaning, socialistic-themed film of pre-World War II Hollywood.


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