Art Talk Tuesday

Art Talk Tuesday is a one hour, docent led presentation on popular exhibits currently and formerly shown at the de Young, Legion of Honor or Asian Art Museums of San Francisco.

Art Talk Tuesday is the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12pm in the Council Chambers.

February 13
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe
Renowned today for his amorous pursuits, Casanova was known to his contemporaries as a charming and witty conversationalist, an expert on many topics, and an international man of letters -- he was also a gambler, a spy, and one of history's greatest travelers. Rita Dunlay, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will share paintings, sculptures, costumes, and more to bring Casanova's world of travel, seduction, and theater to life. 

March 13
Revelations: Art from the African American South
View the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s major acquisition of 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States with docent Marsha Holm. This Art Talk will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by 22 acclaimed artists, including Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, and Lonnie Holley. Working with little or no formal training, and often employing 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, including race, class, gender, and religion.

April 10
Cult of the Machine
Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism—a style that emerged in America in the 1920s and 1930s—reconciled realism with abstraction, and combined European and American art to create a streamlined, “machined” aesthetic with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral. The tensions and ambivalences about industrialization expressed in works by the Precisionists are fascinating and relevant to a contemporary audience in the midst of a fourth Industrial Revolution. Julia Geist, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will explore the connections between the past and the present through the masterworks of American Precisionism artists.