Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Hung Liu: Golden Gate
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Hung Liu, “Resident Alien,” 1988. Oil on canvas, 60 x 90 in. (152.4 x 228.6 cm). Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art, Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation. © Hung Liu. Image © San Jose Museum of Art.

Hung Liu is one of the most important Chinese-born artists working in the United States today. Her paintings are the focus of Golden Gate, a compelling new installation at the de Young Museum. This talk will explore Liu’s roots in Maoist China, where she was trained in the Social Realist style of painting. You’ll learn how Liu weaves her personal history with the stories of other immigrants who have left their indelible mark on California history, society, and culture. Join us for a fascinating look at an artist whose work addresses issues that affect us all today.

Our docent for this talk will be Helen Yang, MFA. An artist in her own right, Helen majored in figurative painting and received her MFA from the Academy of Art University. Five of her charcoal portrait drawings were exhibited at the Spring Show at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Helen also has a BS degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and worked as a product manager in Silicon Valley for six years before following her dream of being an artist. Helen was born and raised on the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts University campus (Shen Yang, China) where her father was an art professor for twenty-one years. Helen received classical art training from her parents and other well known Chinese artists while she lived in China. Helen majored in Oil Painting at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in its undergraduate degree program. Helen’s graphite portrait drawing of Michelangelo’s Giuliano de’ Medici is housed in the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in its permanent collection as a work of excellence.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Color Into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Edgar Degas, “Ballet Dancers in the Wings,” 1900. Pastel on paper.

With the appearance of painting, the immediacy of drawing, and the matte finish of a fresco, pastel is one of the most versatile mediums used throughout art history. “Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present,” an exhibition coming to the Legion of Honor, spans five centuries of art. Drawing heavily from the Legion’s Achenbach Collection for Graphic Arts, the exhibition features masterpieces by artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Wayne Thiebaud. This talk will trace the history of pastels while also providing audiences a once in a lifetime opportunity to appreciate rare works not usually on public display.

Odilon Redon, “Orpheus,” ca. 1905.

One of our favorite docents, Marsha Holm, will lead us in this discussion. Marsha has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | American Abstractionists at Midcentury
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Sam Gilliam, “Lady Day II,” 1970.

America was flexing its cultural muscles in the post-war years, responding to the triumphs as well as the tragedies of World War 2, and in this moment, New York displaces Paris as the art center of the western world. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and many more produced big, juicy, painterly works of abstract art, emotion-filled and formally inventive. Popular docent Avril Angevine will guide us in a look at these works, focusing on some of the juiciest.

Jackson Pollock, “Untitled (Green Silver),” 1949.

Avril Angevine is an independent art lecturer who has spoken at the Alameda Library many times. She is a Humanities and English instructor at local colleges, and a museum guide at both SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum.