Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series 1940-1941
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Jacob Lawrence, Panel 1 of The Migration Series, 1940-1941.

In observance of Black History Month, the Friends of the Alameda Free Library present a docent program on one of America’s greatest African American artists, Jacob Lawrence. The Migration Series is a 60-panel set of narrative paintings depicting the Great Migration, when hundreds of thousands of African Americans moved from the rural South to the urban North after World War I. The paintings are jointly owned by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and MOMA in New York City.

Explore the epic story of something comprehensive, timely yet timeless, told through images which convey metaphors of injustice, strife, struggle, change, hope, ambition, and even beauty.

Jacob Lawrence, Panel 3 of The Migration Series, 1940-1941.

Sherrill Koopot will lead us on this exploration. She has been a docent with the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona since September 1986. She has also served in many administrative, training, and management jobs in the museum’s docent program, and is a past Co-Chair of the National Docent Symposium. She was honored as Docent of the Year in 1995 and was nominated for the Governor’s Award for an Individual in the Arts. The Friends of the Alameda Free Library are pleased to welcome Sherrill back to our Friends @ Home series for the third time.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Alice Neel: People Come First
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Alice Neel, Nancy and Olivia, 1967.

Join us for a talk on the first comprehensive West Coast museum survey of the work of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984). This retrospective, featuring paintings, drawings, watercolors, and film, marks Neel as one of the century’s most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose commitment to humanist principles inspired her life and art.

Alice Neel, Mercedes Arroyo, 1952.

Neel spent most of her life living and working in New York City, and her work testifies to the diversity, resilience, and passion of the people she encountered there. The exhibition includes portraits of Neel’s neighbors in Spanish Harlem, political leaders, queer cultural figures, activists, mothers, and a diverse representation of nude figures, including visibly pregnant women. Together these works embody a candor and irreverence unprecedented in Western art and illuminate Neel’s uncompromising humanism, which still resonates today.

Our exploration will be led by docent Maureen O’Brien, who received both her B. A. in Art History and her Master’s Degree in the Humanities with an Emphasis in Art History from Dominican University of California in San Rafael, where she is now an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses in history, as well as Western and Non-Western Art History. She also lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University and Sonoma State University, and was an instructor at Sonoma State University and the College of Marin. She has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2006.