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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 . Current offering below:


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- Legion of Honor


In 1848—a year of political revolution across Europe—seven young Englishmen formed an artistic alliance to rebel against the contemporary Victorian art world. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 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 Sandro Botticelli 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

East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection

November 3, 2018 – February 24, 2019- Legion of Honor

This exhibition explores the cultural and material exchanges between India and Europe through jewelry and precious objects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. It features more than 150 pieces made in India or Europe associated with maharajas and their courts.  These objects include jewelry to be worn on ceremonial occasions, weapons such as swords and daggers, and precious works of art for display or use. Gender plays a significant role in this exhibition as, contrary to Western expectations, the most splendid jewelry was supplied exclusively for the male rulers of India. Great pieces of jewelry conceived to adorn the queens of Europe, such as Catherine the Great of Russia or the Empress Eugenie of France, could be happily worn by male maharajas in India. For more: Jewels of the Maharajas

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

November 17, 2018 – April 7, 2019 – de Young Museum

Featuring fifty works  from the renowned collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, this exhibition offers a glimpse of a special time in the life of Paul Gauguin. Through paintings, wood carvings and ceramics, Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey presents the artist’s work alongside Oceanic art, as well as Gauguin’s works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ permanent collections.

The exhibition explores Gauguin’s inner quests and imaginings—his spiritual journey—and how his intimate relationships with his wife, other artists, and people he encountered during his sojourns, shaped his experiences, his work, and his development as an artist. The exhibition features carvings and images from New Zealand, the Marquesas Islands, and Tahiti, shown in a chronological presentation spanning Gauguin’s career, from his earliest paintings dating from the 1870s to iconic paintings from his later years in the Pacific. The stories of Gauguin’s relationships are highlighted throughout the exhibition, revealing the struggles, indulgences, awakenings, and betrayals of his personal and professional life that infused his extraordinary and enigmatic art. For more: Spiritual Journey

 Upcoming Exhibitions to watch for:

Monet: The Late Years  February 16, 2019- May 27, 2019- de Young Museum

The Early Celebrity of Peter Paul Rubens  April 6, 2019 – September 8, 2019 – Legion of Honor