Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Photograph by Randy Dodson, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mirror Faced I, 2020, Mirror Faced II, 2020, and Mirror Faced III, 2020, Wangechi Mutu.

You are invited to witness a cultural exchange hundreds of years in the making. “Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?” is a powerful exhibition currently at the Legion of Honor. This talk will introduce you to Wangechi Mutu and her art, which includes bold sculptures of powerful female characters and fantastical hybrid beings made from bronze, branches, bone, and gemstones. The Kenyan American artist’s work is installed throughout the Legion’s galleries to create a dialogue with the centuries-old objects in the museum’s collections. You will hear how these provocative pairings challenge long-established ideas about race, gender, and colonialism. A new video piece by Mutu is also included in the presentation. Don’t miss this thought-provoking talk by docent Sharon Walton about a profound and deeply moving art experience.

Sharon Walton has been a docent for the Fine Arts Museums since 1994. She received a B.A. with honors in Art from Ripon College (Wisconsin) and an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota. She began her career with the Mixed Blood Theatre Company of Minneapolis, where she was a member of the acting company, and later Associate Producer and director of several productions. Locally, she has directed plays for American Conservatory Theatre’s Plays-In-Progress series, Word for Word, Exit Theatre, and the African American Shakespeare Company, in addition to directing productions for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis. She has taught acting and theatre workshops at the Climate Theatre in San Francisco and Cal State University Fresno.

Ms. Walton has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Currently, she is the Communications and Special Events Manager for the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Judy Chicago: A Retrospective
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Rainbow Pickett, 1965, Judy Chicago.

Join us for a celebration of the life and work of a pioneering feminist artist. Judy Chicago rose to international prominence with her landmark installation The Dinner Party, which was first exhibited in San Francisco in 1979. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is the first exhibition to offer a comprehensive overview of the artist’s entire career. This talk will explore Chicago’s full body of work, from her early forays into minimalism to her current work that addresses mortality and environmental issues. Judy Chicago: A Retrospective is organized on the heels of the fortieth anniversary of the first showing of The Dinner Party in San Francisco and in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. This exhibition is a fitting tribute to an artist who has spent a lifetime fighting for social justice and female expression.

Our docent for this event will be Joyce Thorn. Joyce did her undergraduate work at Vassar College and received her graduate degree from University of California, Davis. She spent most of her career in financial services in San Francisco, but in the early 2000s, left the business world to follow a passion – wildlife photography. For nearly a decade, she volunteered at various wildlife organizations doing both office and field work.

Through the Flower, 1973, Judy Chicago.

Joyce has been a regular visitor to the de Young and Legion of Honor since early childhood. Wanting to deepen her connection with the city and the art, she entered the Docent program at the Fine Arts Museums in 2018 and has shared her love of art with museum visitors ever since. 2020 brought the unexpected opportunity to inspire students and other groups over Zoom with a wide variety of academic presentations as well. She recently joined the virtual Art Talks program and is currently serving as part of the Docent Education team, helping to develop resources to support meaningful visitor tours.