The Friends of the Alameda Free Library offers free art docent lectures to the public. These popular events feature knowledgeable speakers, usually docents affiliated with the Bay Area museums that are holding current exhibits. They show slide presentations of the art and provide history and background about the exhibit.

These events are currently being held on Zoom, so you can attend from the comfort of your own home. Please check our Events Calendar for upcoming art docent lecture dates and details.

Several art docent webinars that we’ve hosted since 2020 are available to watch on demand by clicking on the links below. Due to copyright issues, we do not have permission to record most of our Art Docent Lectures — so if you see an Art Docent Talk that you’re excited about in our Events Calendar, please register and attend it in real time!

Art Docent Webinars

The Magic, Mystery, and Mastery of Vermeer (May 24, 2023)
Designing Home: Jewish and Midcentury Modernism (March 8, 2023)
California Pop! (January 18, 2023)
The California Pottery Tradition (May 11, 2022)
American Abstractionists at Midcentury (November 10, 2021)
Dorothea Lange: That Such Things Could Be (June 14, 2021)
Hidden in Plain View: The African American Art Experience (February 8, 2021)
The Beat and the Hip: San Francisco Art from the 50s to the 70s (August 12, 2020)
California Photography: Sun and Shadow in the Golden State (June 10, 2020)