Catherine H. Hale is the Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
Kevin Dumouchelle is the associate curator of the arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum.
Richard H. Scheller is Executive Vice President of Research and Early Development at Genentech. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a recipient of the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.
Manuel Jordán is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Eskimo and Inuit believe that all living things—including inanimate objects—possess yua, a spirit or soul. Carved masks, sculptures, and everyday objects reflect not only their time-honored beliefs and traditions, but also their gratitude and respect for spirits, animals, land, and sea.
How and why do we remember our ancestors? Do we know who they are? This presentation starts to answer those questions as it explores how African, Mesoamerican, and Oceanic cultures revere their ancestors through art.
This intriguing lecture, featuring painting, sculpture, and photography, celebrates a multitude of remarkable women: community leaders, activists, entertainers, artists, entrepreneurs, and politicians. These exceptional women come from every walk of life, serving on the front lines—and they are treasures who make an enormous contribution to California.
What questions and challenges does contemporary art pose? This lecture examines some of the most demanding contemporary works in the de Young’s collection, examining their place in the social history of art.