Ann Hedlund is the director of the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies at the Arizona State Museum, and curator of Ethnology and professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Julie Muniz is the former associate curator of Craft and Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California.
Matthew Robb is curator of Art of the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Deborah Valloma is a special assistant to the provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Studio Assessment Chair of the Textiles Program, and an associate professor of Textiles and Fine Arts Graduate Programs at the California College of the Arts.
Since their archaeological and artistic remains were first studied by Western scholars about a century and a half ago, we have begun to appreciate that the ancient Maya rulers of Central America were possessed by the study of time, the calendar, and astronomy. This lecture mainly examines the evidence that suggests Maya priest-astronomers carefully watched the planet Venus, clocking its motion to an accuracy of better than two hours in five centuries, all without the advantage of the technologies we have today.
Jill D'Alessandro is the curator of Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Now anyone in the world can virtually visit the de Young and explore six of its American art galleries through the Google Art Project
In this four-day program, teachers will visit the collections of the Asian Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (on view at the Asian Art Museum) to explore artworks using observation, inquiry, analysis, and reflection. Participants will develop techniques for engaging with art and learn how the museum setting empowers students' critical thinking and creativity.
The institute is designed for high school teachers and includes gallery experiences, discussions with museum staff, and an education packet.
Visitors to the de Young this winter can experience rarely seen works from the museum’s permanent collection in three exhibitions and installations.
Ages 4–12. Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Note: Programs take place at the de Young.
10–11:30 am: General public
12:30–2 pm: Museum members only
Saturday, April 5: In Living Color