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.

August 14
Japanese Aesthetics
Luxuriate in this truly beautiful exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. In this Art Talk, Peter Sinton from the Asian Art Museum will share objects both ancient and contemporary that display Japanese aesthetics at its finest.

September 11
Legendary Stories behind the Legion of Honor

Virginia Ernster, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will share tall-but-true tales in the history of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum. Discover the benefactress who was a force of nature, as well as a prince in Paris, a self-proclaimed emperor, a pioneer of modern dance, San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a former cemetery-turned-golf course, and more – not to mention great art!

October 9
Elegant Excess: An Afternoon in the Paris Salon Dore

From the salon to the shops, the couturier's to the courtiers, 18th-century Paris was all about high fashion and high living. Using paintings, furniture, porcelain, and silver from the collection of the Legion of Honor, Marsha Holm will share the food, fashion, and frivolities that made life in Paris so remarkable.

November 13
East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection

Discover the cultural and material exchanges between India and Europe through jewelry and precious objects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. Mickey Griffin from the Legion of Honor will share pieces made in India or Europe associated with maharajas or their courts – these objects include jewelry for ceremonial occasions, weapons, and precious works of art.

December 11
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

Paul Gauguin’s inner quests and imaginings and his intimate relationships shaped his experiences, his work, and his development as an artist. Maureen O’Brien, a docent from the de Young Museum, will share stories of how Gauguin’s relationships with his wife, other artists, and people he encountered during his sojourns infused his extraordinary and enigmatic art.