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.

April 14, 2020
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Frida Kahlo returns to San Francisco 90 years after her first visit to the city in an exhibition examining how politics, gender, trauma, sexuality, and national identity influenced her diverse modes of creativity. Docent Marueen O’Brien will share how this new exhibition at the de Young Museum paints an intimate portrait of the artist through a trove of personal items, including photographs, her vibrant Tehuana costumes, and more.

May 12, 2020
The Beat and the Hip: San Francisco Art from the 1950s to the 1970s

San Francisco was a happening place at mid-century: big new ideas about music, poetry, life, and love were all developing in what was then a small city. Art, of course, was also in flux, and some uniquely Bay Area artists and styles challenged New York’s dominance of the American art scene. Discover the work of David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, Robert Arneson, and more as we explore the art world of San Francisco’s Beatniks and Hippies.

June 9, 2020
Bouquets to Art

Have you ever wondered how Bouquets to Art started and the history of this popular event? Have you ever marveled at the floral designs and the floral artists who created them? This talk will reveal what goes on behind-the-scenes to make this highly successful event happen each year. Docent speaker Maureen Murray Fox will show works of art in the museum’s collection and how floral artists have interpreted them in their designs. Note: Bouquets to Art 2020 is June 2-7 at the de Young Museum. 

July 14, 2020
Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

In AD 79, the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii and nearby villages and farms almost completely under pumice and hot ash. The eruption killed thousands of people in the midst of their daily activities, but the art and artifacts preserved by archaeologists offer us a picture of what life was like in a thriving Roman city during the 1st century. Docent speaker Julia Geist will take us back into this world by focusing on everyday life -- especially food and drink. Along with the pots, pans, and other paraphernalia used in the preparation, and serving of food, this talk includes glorious works of art, which reveal the splendor and luxury so enjoyed by the wealthy Romans who called Pompeii their home.