Art Talks: Bringing the Museums to You

Art Talks available live online!

Schedule a virtual presentation for your audience here.

Art Talks are entertaining, educational, multi-media art presentations delivered by museum speakers. These talks can be presented live to your group via Zoom. Select Art Talks will be offered in Mandarin or Spanish.

We are presenting live art talks only on Zoom right now, but will reassess the situation as conditions change.

Please note: If you request a talk on Zoom, we ask that you host this on your platform and provide technical support during the program.  

Below you will find descriptions of the virtual Art Talks currently available.

To learn more and to reserve talks we have available now, email us at

Color Into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present NEW

October 9, 2021-February 13, 2022

With the appearance of painting, the immediacy of drawing, and the matte finish of a fresco, pastel is one of the most versatile mediums used throughout art history. Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present spans five centuries of art, from the early Renaissance to present day. Drawing heavily on treasures from the Legion’s Achenbach Collection for Graphic Arts, the exhibition features masterpieces by artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Wayne Thiebaud. This talk will trace the history of pastels while also providing audiences a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appreciate rare works not usually on public view. This talk can be booked in either English or Mandarin. Color Into Line

Judy Chicago: A Restrospective NEW

August 28, 2021-January 9, 2022

Join us for a celebration of the life and work of a pioneering feminist artist. Judy Chicago rose to international prominence with her landmark installation The Dinner Party, which was first exhibited in San Francisco in 1979. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is the first exhibition to offer a comprehensive overview of the artist’s entire career. This talk will explore Chicago’s full body of work, from her
early forays into minimalism to her current work that addresses mortality and environmental issues. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is organized on the heels of the fortieth anniversary of the first showing of The Dinner Party in San Francisco and in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. This exhibition is a fitting tribute to an artist who has spent a lifetime fighting for social justice and female expression. Please note: this presentation may contain subject matter or images that are adult in nature.   Judy Chicago


Hung Lui: Golden Gate

July 17, 2021-March 13, 2022, de Young Museum

Hung Liu was one of the most important Chinese-born artists working in the United States. Her paintings are the focus of Golden Gate, a compelling new installation at the de Young Museum. This talk will explore Liu’s roots in Maoist China, where she was trained in the Social Realist style of painting. You’ll learn how Liu interwove her personal history with the stories of other immigrants who have left their indelible mark on California history, society, and culture. Join us for a fascinating look at an artist whose work addressed issues that affect us all today. This talk can be booked in either English or Mandarin. Hung Liu

Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening? 

May 7 2021- November 7, 2021, Legion of Honor

You are invited to witness a cultural exchange hundreds of years in the making.  Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening? is a powerful exhibition currently at the Legion of Honor. This talk will introduce you to Wangechi Mutu and her art, which includes bold sculptures of powerful female characters and fantastical hybrid beings made from bronze, branches, bone, and gemstones. The Kenyan American artist’s work is installed throughout the Legion’s galleries to create a dialogue with the centuries-old objects in the museum’s collections. You will hear how these provocative pairings challenge long-established ideas about race, gender, and colonialism. Don’t miss this thought-provoking talk about a profound and deeply moving art experience. Wangechi Mutu


Behind the Scenes at Bouquets to Art

Bouquets to Art is one of the most popular and highly anticipated events at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  Have you ever wondered how this annual floral celebration got started? This talk will reveal what goes on behind-the-scenes to make this highly successful event happen each year.  Learn how talented Bay Area designers use flowers and other natural elements to create dazzling displays inspired by works of art in the museum’s collections. Don’t miss your chance to get an inside look at this unique event that’s become a San Francisco tradition. Bouquets to Art


New Art Talks Coming Soon: 

Alice Neel: People Come First