Art Talk Tuesday

Art Talk Tuesday is a one hour, docent led presentation on popular exhibits currently and formerly shown at the de Young, Legion of Honor or Asian Art Museums of San Francisco.

Art Talk Tuesday is the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12pm in the Council Chambers.

April 10
Cult of the Machine
Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism—a style that emerged in America in the 1920s and 1930s—reconciled realism with abstraction, and combined European and American art to create a streamlined, “machined” aesthetic with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral. The tensions and ambivalences about industrialization expressed in works by the Precisionists are fascinating and relevant to a contemporary audience in the midst of a fourth Industrial Revolution. Julia Geist, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will explore the connections between the past and the present through the masterworks of American Precisionism artists.

May 8
Divine Bodies
How can we see the human in the divine and the divine in the human? Bringing historical paintings and sculptures from mainly Hindu and Buddhist traditions together with contemporary photo-based work, Divine Bodies invites you to ponder the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence and the relationship of the body to the cosmos. John Andrews from the Asian Art Museum will share how these diverse images and works of gods and goddesses, Buddhas and bodhisattvas, humans and their landscapes – past and present – lead us to reflect on how to find meaning in an impermanent world.