Nov
9
Mon
Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Diego Rivera: Art for a New Age
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please note: Registration for this event is required and is available here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fV_3hCxeTSWgkefD3LUlgw

We are excited to bring you the next in our Friends @ Home series — Diego Rivera: Art for a New Age. We welcome back art docent Avril Angevine to this online event.

Diego Rivera was one of the big men of 20th century art: big physically, in personality, and as an influence on American art at mid-century. His mural style was forged in the Mexican Revolution; in his American murals, he achieved an incongruous synthesis between a reverence for the indigenous cultures of his native land and an appreciation of the American industrial modernity. Overshadowed today by his wife Frida Kahlo, Rivera was a prodigious talent whose commitment to art as a political act resonates today. As he said, he didn’t believe in God, but he did believe in Picasso.

Avril Angevine is an independent art lecturer who has given us exceptional talks 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.

This is a free event, but we always welcome donations. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fV_3hCxeTSWgkefD3LUlgw

Nov
16
Mon
Friends @ Home Webinar | Vanessa Hua, Chronicle Columnist and Award Winning Novelist, in Conversation with Hank Hedland
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please note: Registration for this event is required and is available here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Pn5QbkVdQGiTxe31RLmb4Q

We are excited to welcome Vanessa Hua and Hank Hedland to our Friends @ Home author series for a discussion of Vanessa’s writing.

Vanessa Hua’s column appears weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section. She is the author of the novel A River of Stars and the short story collection Deceit and Other Possibilities. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has also received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. She has filed stories from China, Burma, South Korea, Panama, and Ecuador, and her work appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She teaches at the Writers’ Grotto, Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and elsewhere.

Hank Hedland is the Manager of Alameda’s independent bookstore, Books Inc.

 

Dec
16
Wed
Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Holiday Hoopla
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please note: Registration for this event is required and is available here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xl015kOfSXiRJr1alm1VXQ

At the end of the year, depending upon our beliefs and culture, we celebrate holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati and/or the Winter Solstice. There are traditions, rituals, celebrations, and sometimes a whole lot of hoopla associated with them. Join docent Marsha Holm for a light-hearted look at the festivities surrounding these holidays. You can expect to virtually travel to the American Southwest to look at the Hopi Soyal Festival, Europe for the Advent Fairs, and Scandinavia for Saint Lucia Day as we explore the origins and traditions of both the secular and religious holidays that are celebrated during the month of December.

Marsha Holm 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.