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Docent Lecture: "Puttin’ on the Ritz: Masterpieces of Jewelry", by Ellen Harden

Wreath, 4–3rd century BC
January 31, 2016 -
1:00pm2:00pm

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.

Docent Lecture: "Music as Muse: Compositions in Art Inspired by Music", by Virginia Ernster

de La Tour (manner of), Theophile Bigot (attrib. to), Young Boy Singing
January 23, 2016 -
2:15pm3:15pm

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.

Docent Lecture: "Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition", by Mina Shea

Guérin, Panoramic View of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
January 10, 2016 -
1:00pm2:00pm

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.

Docent Lecture: "Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition", by Victoria Kirby

Guérin, Panoramic View of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
January 5, 2016 -
2:15pm3:15pm

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.

Guest Lecture: "Arts of the Pacific Islands", by Anne D'Alleva

Carved head from ceremonial house façade, 19th–early 20th century
December 10, 2015 -
10:00am12:00pm

Anne D’Alleva is an author and head of the department of art and art history at the University of Connecticut. Professor D’Alleva received her MA and PhD in Art History from Columbia University, where she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory from the Center for Research on Women and Gender, and her BA in Fine Arts from Harvard University.

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