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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:


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

Monet: The Late Years

February 16, 2019 – May 27, 2019

This unique exhibition features 50 paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of his long career, including 20 works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. During his late years, the well-traveled Monet stayed close to home, inspired by the variety of elements making up his own garden at Giverny. With its flowerbeds, footpaths, willows, wisteria, and water lilies, the garden became a personal laboratory for the artist’s sustained study. The exhibition reconsiders the conventional notion that many of the late works were preparatory for the Grand Decorations, rather than finished paintings in their own right. Boldly balancing representation and abstraction, Monet’s radical late works redefined him as a forbearer of modernism.

Early Rubens

April 6, 2019 – September 8, 2019

Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was both a prodigious artist and one of the most extraordinary figures of the seventeenth century. He was an international diplomat, a shrewd businessman, a well-read intellectual, and the master of a prolific workshop. Early Rubens focuses on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. It was during these years that Rubens rose to the first rank of Flemish painting through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come.

Upcoming Exhibitions to watch for:

“Art for Life: Ed Hardy and the Tattoo Renaissance” (coming to the deYoung June 2019) de Young Museum

Mystery and Celebrity: The Spectacular World of James Tissot  (October 12, 2019 to February 9, 2020) Legion of Honor