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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

04nyc32179-largecompDanny Lyon: Message to the Future 
November 5, 2016 to April 30, 2017 – de Young

Danny Lyon may appear to be a photojournalist, but he is not.  While photojournalists strive to be objective, Lyon has always become immersed in the lives of his subjects, from ‘60s civil rights protestors, to motorcycle gang members and Texas prison inmates. He lives their lifestyles, becoming one of them.  Lyons’ photographic records show us our history with joy and a touch of sadness.  The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Whitney Museum in New York and the full support of the artist. Click here for more information: Danny Lyon

 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


grateful-deadThe 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.   For more information: Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade


Coming Fall 2017!

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire – September 30, 2017 to February 11, 2018  –  de Young
Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity – October 28, 2017 to January 7, 2018  –  Legion