This talk, richly illustrated by photographer Scott Wall, will explore the timeless appeal of traditional wooden boats like the ones depicted on the canvases of the Impressionist painters featured in the Legion of Honor's current exhibition Impressionists on the Water. The presentation will examine the aesthetic elements that made the wooden boats of this period so appealing in general, and so inspiring to those who built and used them.
The exhibition Impressionists on the Water offers a rare and delightful window onto the boating culture of 19th-century France. San Francisco Bay was itself a nexus for much the same sporting spirit in this era, filled with sleek racing canoes, experimental yachts, and a lively waterborne social scene. John C. Muir will interpret the marvels of the current exhibition through a boatman’s eyes, and render the parallel period pleasures of our local scene through historic photographs from the archives of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
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Colin B. Bailey became the Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in June 2013. He oversees the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park.
Prior to his arrival in California, Bailey served as Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York. He had been Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Senior Curator at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, and held curatorial posts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum earlier in his career.
Q: Ms. Wilsey, in looking for a new director for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, you conducted an extensive international search. How do you feel now with Colin B. Bailey selected and a new era dawning for the Fine Arts Museums?
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Please click on the links below to download PDF versions of the chat panels included in the exhibition Pissarro's People.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is a member of the French Regional and American Museum Exchange (FRAME). Founded in 1999, FRAME is a formal collaboration of museums in twelve cities in France, twelve museums in the United States and one associate member in Canada. FRAME serves as a catalyst for cultural exchange between France and the United States and as such is an important aspect of Franco-American cultural diplomacy, and is dedicated to promoting French-American cooperation in the cultural arena of museums, their collections and their professional staffs.