Lectures and Talks

Lectures, panel discussions, artist talks, master classes, and other events provide thought-provoking perspectives on art in the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The Gallery offers a variety of lectures, panel discussions, and talks that place our collection and exhibitions in the broader context of history and culture. Speakers include curators, scholars, artists, critics, writers, and others engaged with the world of art and ideas. Programs range from lectures for a general audience to symposia with a scholarly focus. Concerts, film screenings, dramatic performances, and literary readings connect the art on view at the Gallery with other forms of expression. Master classes provide an opportunity to explore works of art in an intimate classroom setting with a curator, educator, or guest scholar. Please check our online calendar for a full listing of lectures and other events.

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Spring 2014 Featured Lecture

Painting the Figure: David Park and Art in Postwar San Francisco

In spring 2014 Nancy Boas, the foremost scholar on David Park and an accomplished art historian, author, and curator, came to the Gallery to discuss Park, his influence on Bay Area artists and on figuration in art, and the Bay Area milieu in which the artist thrived. Boas’s lecture was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Five West Coast Artists: Bischoff, Diebenkorn, Neri, Park, and Thiebaud and was followed by a conversation with Jock Reynolds, curator of the show and the Gallery’s Henry J. Heinz II Director, himself an artist schooled in the Bay Area.

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Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Let This Be a Lesson: Heroes, Heroines, and Narrative in Paintings at Yale

In fall 2013 John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, presented a popular semester-long public lecture series that took a close look at eleven important paintings from Yale’s art museums that represent scenes from history, myth, scripture, or literature. The lectures traced the tradition of “history painting”—the category to which all of these works belong—from the Renaissance on through its rise to official dominance, its fall from privilege in the eras of Realism in the 19th century and abstract art in the 20th, and its reappearances in the 21st.

Nearly 3,500 visitors attended the lectures, and the online videos were watched over 40,000 times. Click below to learn more or to watch the lecture videos.

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