Jul
13
Wed
Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Picasso and His Women
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Picasso was born October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain and by the time he died in France in April of 1973, he had created a staggering 22,000 works of art in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, stage design, and graphic arts. In this talk we are going to look at how the women in his life often dictated his style of painting. We will see realism, cubism, impressionism, and neoclassical modes – from happy and joyful to brutal and sad. He was an extremely emotional man and his art was influenced by his fluctuating relationships with many women during his lifetime.

We’ll be guided in this exploration by Phoenix Art Museum docent Carole James. Carole told us about herself: “I am a graduate of the 2008 Docent Class. I was an Art History major in college and am thrilled to share my love, knowledge, and passion to anyone with whom I can get an audience. My mother was also a Docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, so it is in my bones. I am always amazed at how knowledge enhances one’s enjoyment of anything, whether you thought you liked it or not.”

Jul
27
Wed
Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | The Obama Portraits
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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The de Young Museum is proud to present the portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald as part of “The Obama Portraits Tour” organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Approximately life-size, the two paintings present a striking contrast to earlier presidential portraits and images of first ladies. This talk will look at how artists Wiley and Sherald explore complex issues of identity in their work, as well as how portraiture shapes ideas about power, status, and legacy. Don’t miss this discussion of an important turning point in both American history and art.

We will be guided in this discussion by Mike Madrid. Mike has been a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2019. He was an advertising and marketing executive for more than twenty years, specializing in global fashion brands. Mike is the author of three books including The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, which NPR named as one of their “Five Best Books to Share with A Friend.” He has written articles for a number of publications including The Huffington Post, and has spoken at colleges, libraries, and conferences across the country. A San Francisco native, Mike is an avid traveler who loves to visit museums both large and small around the world.

Aug
10
Wed
Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Buenos Aires: Tango and Impressionism
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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This presentation will feature the art of Benito Quinquela Martin, who was a painter of his beloved port “La Boca.” For him, color was life and his life was color. His paintings of port scenes show the activity, vigor, and roughness of the daily port life. Benito Quinquela Martin is recognized as a great artist worldwide for his inherent talent and profound love of color and tango music.

Our guide for this fascinating talk will be Phoenix Art Museum docent Isabel Ballerna. Isabel is a native of Buenos Aires, with a BA in Art. An artist and interior designer, her artworks have been featured in galleries and published in numerous publications including Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West and Southeast Art magazines. Isabel is also an avid horse rider and competitor in dressage. She has been a docent at Phoenix Art Museum since 2014.

Aug
31
Wed
Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Ramses II, known as Ramses the Great, was the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom, which was Egypt’s golden age. Believed to be a living god, Ramses ruled for 67 years, erecting enormous temples, obelisks, and statues while also expanding Egypt’s empire. The exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” at the De Young Museum (August 20, 2022 – February 12, 2023) features one of the greatest collections of Egyptian artifacts ever to travel to the United States. This talk will explore Ramses’s life and discuss the marvelous treasures in this exhibition, from the pharaoh’s colossal royal sculpture to mummies and exquisite Egyptian jewelry.

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.