Sargent + Flamenco

Flamenco dancer

John Singer Sargent, La Carmencita Dancing, 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 54 x 35 in. (137.16 x 88.9 cm), Framed: 64 1/2 x 46 7/8 in. (163.83 x 119.063 cm). Private Collection

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Emma Acker, associate curator of American art, will give an overview of John Singer Sargent’s longstanding interest in Spanish music and dance. She will also discuss Sargent’s portrayals of flamenco performers and of the acclaimed Spanish dancer Carmen Dauset Moreno, known as La Carmencita. After the presentation, local flamenco group Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco will speak on their origins and the vibrant Bay Area flamenco community. 

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About the speaker

Emma Acker is associate curator of American art and the coordinating curator for our presentation of Sargent and Spain. Among the exhibitions she has organized at the Museums, Cult of the Machine was identified by the Washington Post as one of the top two surveys of American art in 2018. Acker, who worked previously at the Getty Research Institute and the National Gallery of Art, has authored numerous publications and is the recipient of fellowships from Brown University, the University of Southern California, the National Gallery of Art, the English Speaking Union, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the University of St Andrews. 

About Theatre Flamenco

Founded in 1966, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco supports the cultural enrichment of the San Francisco Bay Area through the presentation and promotion of flamenco, an art form pioneered by the Roma inhabitants of Andalusia in Southern Spain. It is the second oldest dance company in San Francisco and one of the longest continually running flamenco performance groups outside of Spain. Theatre Flamenco produces imaginative shows in collaboration with local and international artists, offers classes with world famous flamenco artists to students of all ages and abilities, and maintains strong ties to flamenco artists around the world. The company is located in the vibrant Mission district of San Francisco.

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