“A rose is a rose is a rose,” the famous expression goes, but not all roses are created equal. When Bill and Danielle Hahn opened Rose Story Farm nearly two decades ago, they knew what they wanted to grow—the lush, fragrant blooms of her grandparents’ yards. Today they feature more than 25,000 plants at their farm near Santa Barbara, and these beautiful organic blossoms are an American treasure. Danielle will present a thorough overview of roses, including their history and tips on working with them.
Style muse India Hicks is difficult to sum up in one word. Designer, author, entrepreneur, and adventurer, India is the embodiment of the style she will discuss: British formality and carefree island living. Daughter of the famed international designer David Hicks and goddaughter of the Prince of Wales, she is an elegant, curious, and intriguing woman. India will share tips on incorporating different styles for beautiful living.
Note: To keep flowers as fresh as possible, the temperature of the Koret Auditorium may be cooler than usual. Please dress accordingly.
How do we situate artworks or even entire art movements that lie outside the notion of the artistic canon (or perceived canon)? In the expansive realm of non-Western art, what defines an outlier? Outliers can be unique objects that do not fit within the corpus, understudied art forms, works overlooked by the art market, or art that is culturally distinctive within its own region. Outliers challenge definitions.
The Anatolian kilim has long been recognized as an icon of traditional tribal culture. This lecture offers new criteria for its appreciation, tracing parallels in color, form, and abstraction between kilims and works of Western modern art, including the paintings of the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists, and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973).
Julian Cox is the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s founding curator of photography and chief administrative curator. His prior curatorial appointments include positions at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (now the National Media Museum), Bradford, England; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He coauthored, with Colin Ford, the critically acclaimed publication Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs (2003), the first catalogue raisonné of Cameron’s work.
Dr. Esther Bell, is curator-in-charge of European Painting at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Dr. Bell received her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She joined FAMSF in September 2014 after two years at the Cincinnati Art Museum where she was curator of European painting, drawing, and sculpture. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Bell is also a former Fullbright scholar and Theodore Rousseau fellowship recipient.
Why do we wear jewelry? Before written language, or the spoken word, there was body adornment. Jewelry was worn as symbols of status, cultural pride, religious worship, or just as adornment. Included in this lecture are examples of magnificent jewelry from the ancient world to the present day.
Music has been a major source of inspiration to artists throughout history, from Vermeer’s depictions of women with musical instruments, to Whistler’s “nocturnes”, to Kandinsky’s abstract “compositions.” Take a virtual tour of music-related works in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and beyond.
2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction following the 1906 earthquake. The exposition covered 76 city blocks and boasted national and international pavilions showcasing innovation, industry, and the arts.