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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 of 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


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

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



Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter
October 14, 2017 – January 28, 2018- Legion of Honor

This special presentation in the Legion’s Rodin galleries creates a unique dialogue between the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt and the Legion of Honor’s Rodin collection. The first Klimt exhibition of this size to be presented on the West Coast, this is an extraordinary opportunity for Bay Area audiences to view the work of this great fin-de-siècle Austrian master of Modernism. Rodin was the “father of modern sculpture” and Klimt, a founding member of the Vienna Secession movement. Featuring works from the artist’s estate in Vienna Österreichische Galerie Belvedere with the largest collection of Klimt paintings in the world.



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

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



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

Also coming in 2018!

Mastering the Masters: the Pre-Raphaelites and their Sources of Inspiration, June 30-September 30, 2018

The Fashion of Islam, September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019