Guest Lecture: "Celestial Navigation," by Robert Darr, Director and Head Instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding

Claude Monet, "Sailboats on the Seine," 1874
September 29, 2013 - 3:00pm4:00pm

This talk describes the most fundamental elements of celestial navigation, the basics of which had become well established by the mid-nineteenth century.  The method, developed by Marcq Saint Hilaire in 1875,  became the normal practice during the period of the Impressionists and is still used today by navigators (including the speaker).  

Robert Darr, director and head instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, is the son of a schooner captain based in Tahiti. He has been a wooden boatbuilder for forty years.

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Guest Lecture: "The Pursuit of Grace: My Life with Wooden Boats," by Robert Darr, Director and Head Instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding

September 29, 2013 - 2:00pm3:00pm

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.

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Guest Lecture: "Ready About! The Thrills and Frills of Fin-de-Siecle Boating from Argenteuil to San Francisco Bay," by John C. Muir, Curator of Small Craft

September 22, 2013 - 2:00pm3:00pm

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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Director Colin B. Bailey


Photo by Randy Dodson, © FAMSF

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.

A Conversation with Diane B. Wilsey, President of the Board of Trustees and Colin B. Bailey, Director Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


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?



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.


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