Lois Draper has been intrigued with textiles, dress design, and construction since her paper-doll stage in her early childhood. A native of California, Draper got her start teaching art at the Boys Club in San Diego. She also worked in a fabric store while pursuing a teaching credential in art education at San Diego State University. When the May Company department store opened its first store in San Diego, Draper jumped at the opportunity to be the assistant fashion coordinator.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is well known for her paintings of enlarged flower forms, sculptural desert landscapes, and stark natural elements interpreted with great freedom, ranging from precise realism to poetic abstraction. This “paring down” to essential shapes and forms characterized her dress as well, which was dominated by stark black and white shapes capturing the essence of form.
In a recent exhibition review, New York Times columnist Roberta Smith noted that “hybridity, a favored buzzword in the art world these days, is shown to be as old as the sea.” This public program will focus on the concept of hybridity as it relates to art and material culture from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas. It is the fifth in a series of programs addressing timely topics for curators, collectors, and art dealers.
Christopher Hallett is the Professor of Roman Art and the Chair of the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Timothy Anglin Burgard is the Ednah Root Curator in Charge of American Art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
"The Business of America Is Business: Reflections of Industry, Commerce, and Technology in Art from Colonial to Contemporary America"
This lecture demonstrates how American art reflects the rise of industry, commerce, and technology from the 17th to the 21st centuries.
Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with bold and innovative jewelry design. This exhibition focuses on the decades of the 1950s through the 1980s and features approximately 150 showstopping pieces from this era, including several striking pieces from the legendary Elizabeth Taylor collection.