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Art Talks

Bringing the Museums to You

Art Talks are entertaining, educational, multi-media art presentations delivered by museum speakers on site at your location.  We offer talks on all major special exhibitions at the de Young and Legion of Honor.  Our clients span the Bay Area, and include non-profits, libraries, clubs, businesses, senior residences and educational institutions.

To learn more and to reserve your talk, email us at AT@famsf.org .

Featured Presentations

Revelations: Art from the African American South

June 1, 2107  to April 3, 2018  –  de Young Museum

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


Casanova: The Seduction of Europe

February 10 to  May 20, 2018- Legion

Renowned today for his amorous pursuits, Casanova’s travels took him to Italy, France & England, as well as the Ottoman Empire and Russia. This exhibit brings together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver and costume that bring this world to life. Over 90 masterworks by 18th century artists: Canaletto, Giovanni Tiepolo, Jean-Marc Nattier and Jean-Honoré Fragonard among others will be featured in this fascinating step back to another age. For more: Casanova


Cult of the Machine

March 24 to August 12, 2018- de Young Museum

Precisionism emerged in the U.S. in the 1920’s & 30’s, combining American and European art reflecting the tension of the machine age. Precisionist works feature highly structured, geometric and linear compositions with smooth surfaces. The exhibition features more than 100 works by Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, and others. The impact of technological change is seen not only in life-enhancing inventions but, as in San Francisco, in societal shifts such as gentrification, job displacement, and economic inequality that fuel tensions and discontentment today just as they did a century ago. For more: Cult of the Machine

Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters

June 30, 2018 – September 30, 2018

In 1848—a year of political revolution across Europe—seven young Englishmen formed an artistic alliance aspiring to rebel against the contemporary Victorian art world. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, including William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, defied idealized figures popularized by Raphael and other High Renaissance artists to reflect the simplicity, spirituality, and beauty they found in late medieval and early Renaissance art. Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters is the first major exhibition to juxtapose examples by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with works that inspired its members, including Italian old masters Fra Angelico and Pietro Perugino and their northern contemporaries Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.  It offers a rich multimedia opportunity to examine the artists’ attraction to stained glass, domestic decorations, and sixteenth-century textiles. For more: Truth and Beauty

Contemporary Muslim Fashion

September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Contemporary Muslim Fashion is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex and diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. The exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities, and in so doing, have drawn mass media attention to contemporary Muslim life.

Spotlighting places, garments, and styles from around the world, this exhibition considers how Muslims define themselves—and are defined—by their dress, and how these sartorial choices can be interpreted as reflections of the multifaceted nature of their identities. The exhibition will traverse different religious interpretations and cultures, ranging from commissioned couture and high-end fashions, such as those by United Arab Emirates-based Faiza Bouguessa and Malaysian-based Blancheur; to street wear, from the Brooklyn-based Slow Factory to the London-based Sarah Elenany; to sportswear, such as the burkini. Including social media as primary material, Muslim voices, visions, and personal narratives are framed by runway footage, news clips, as well as documentary and fashion photography. For more: Muslim Fashion