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Community Speakers

Bringing the Museums to You

Community Speakers is a group of docents who deliver entertaining, educational, multi-media art presentations to audiences throughout the Bay Area.  We offer talks on all major special exhibitions at the de Young and Legion of Honor, presented on site at your location.  Our clients include non-profits, libraries, clubs, businesses, senior residences and educational institutions.

To learn more and to reserve your talk, email Kathryn Zupsic at famsfcommunityspeakers@gmail.com.

Featured Presentations

 1872c-the-promenade-at-argenteuil-oil-on-canvas-national-gallery-of-art-washington-d-cMonet: The Early Years
February 25 to May 29, 2017 – Legion of Honor

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet’s mastery before the advent of Impressionism. The exhibition features 60 paintings created by the young artist between the ages of 17 and 31, revealing his early genius and the radical invention that marked his artistic development. With works gathered from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other collections worldwide.  For more information: Monet: The Early Years

in-full-swingStuart Davis: In Full Swing
April 1 to August 6, 2017 – de Young

Stuart Davis was a great American original.  His paintings are bold, vibrant visual statements that combine European modernism with American street culture, the syncopated rhythms of Jazz and the unbridled optimism enmeshed in the American Dream.  This exhibition features 70 of Davis’ paintings from the ‘20s to the ‘60s . Described by the New York Observer as “a remarkable event, and not to be missed,” it was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  Click for more information: Stuart Davis: In Full Swing


The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll
April 15 to August 20, 2017  – de Young

In the mid-1960’s, artists, writers, and musicians moved into San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district with hopes of creating a new social paradigm.  By 1967, during the highly publicized “Summer of Love,” the neighborhood had attracted as many 100,000 young people from all over the nation. This immersive exhibition includes iconic rock posters, photographs, hand-crafted one-of-a-kind garments, music and light shows that celebrate the city’s rebellious and colorful counterculture.  Click to learn more: Summer of Love




Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade
June 24 to September 24, 2017 – Legion of Honor

This groundbreaking exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. At this time there were around 1,000 milliners working in what was then considered the fashion capital of the world.  Featuring 60 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cassatt, and Toulouse-Lautrec, along with 40 exquisite examples of period hats.   Click for more information: Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade


Revelations: Art of the African American South
June 1, 2107  to April 3, 2018  –  de Young

Join us for an exploration of the Fine Arts Museums’ important new acquisition of contemporary art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Featuring acclaimed African American artists Thorton Dial, Ralph Griffin, and Gee’s Bend quilters Jessie T. Pettway and Annie Mae Young. Working with little or no formal training, and often using cast-off objects and unconventional materials, these artists have created visually compelling works that address some of the most profound and persistent issues in American society.  Not to be missed. Click for more information: Revelations: Art of the African American South


Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire
September 30, 1017 to February 11, 2018  –  de Young

Experience the ancient, mysterious city of Teotihucan, the most visited archeological site in Mexico and home to the largest pyramids in the Americas.  Monumental and ritual objects from Teotihuacan’s three pyramids will be shown alongside mural paintings, ceramics, and stone sculptures from the city’s meticulously planned apartment compounds.The exhibition, organized in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, will feature recent, never-before-seen archaeological discoveries.  Click for more information: Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire


Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity
October 28, 2017 to January 7, 2018  –  Legion

Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World will offer an astonishing look at Classical sculpture swathed in their original vibrant colors questioning the perception of an all-white “classical” ideal. Ancient sculpture and architecture from Greece and Rome will be revealed as intended—garishly colorful, richly ornamented, and full of life—along with original sculpture from the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome against the backdrop of the Legion of Honor’s neoclassical building. Click for more information: Gods in Color


 Coming in 2018!

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,  February 10 to May 20, 2018  –  Legion 

America in Focus: Precisionism in the Machine Age, March 17 to August 12, 2018  –  de Young