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Guest Lectures presented by THE THING Quarterly

September 9, 2016 - 6:30pm

THE THING Quarterly Presents:

THE THING Quarterly organizes an evening of speakers responding to themes and motifs in the exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American WestFeaturing Jeff Gunderson, Librarian and Archivist at the Anne Bremer Memorial Library of the San Francisco Art Institute; photographer David Maisel; Julie Caine, managing producer for Crosscurrents, KALW’s award-winning newsmagazine.

Guest Lecture, "Food as Ink: Ed Ruscha's Screenprints from the 1970s" by Heather Brown

Soiled silkscreen following the printing of mockups for Ed Ruscha’s Stews (1970). From left to right, the ingredients are: crushed baked beans, caviar, mango chutney, fresh strawberries, cherry pie filling, tomato paste, flowers, and leaves
September 2, 2016 - 7:15pm

In 1970, artist Ed Ruscha produced a series of organic screenprints using food and other household products as the "ink." How does it work to print with caviar and baked beans? Why did he use food as his medium? Do these materials hold up over time? Join Heather Brown, Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation at the Fine Arts Museums, in a lecture about this process.

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.


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