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.

March 12
Monet: The Late Years

During his late years, the well-traveled Claude Monet stayed close to home, inspired by the variety of elements making up his own garden at Giverny. With its evolving scenery of flower beds, footpaths, willows, and wisteria, the garden became a personal laboratory for the artist’s sustained study of natural phenomena. Julia Geist, a docent from the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, will share paintings by Claude Monet created during this final phase of his long career, from 1913 to 1926.

April 9
Early Rubens

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 at the Legion of Honor focuses on what is arguably the artist's most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. Gretchen Turner, a docent at the Legion of Honor, will show how Rubens rose to the first rank of Flemish painting and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come.

May 14
When Art Went Pop: How Andy Warhol and Friends Changed Art Forever

The cultural world exploded in many ways in the early 1960s, with visual arts in the vanguard. Learn how art moved from the serious, emotional, and virtuoso style of the Abstract Expressionists to the flash, dash, and irreverence of Andy Warhol's soup cans and movie stars, Roy Lichtenstien's comics, and Claus Oldenburg's soft hamburgers. It's a change that has endured, affecting what we see in art museums and galleries today. Avril Angevine will share how the Pop explosion made art fun again in this Art Talk Tuesday.