Past Events

Here are just a few of our past lectures and events. Each year, we offer an insightful, always interesting lectures with wide-ranging topics from the use of contemporary materials to the documentation of traditional handwork.

Sept Lecture Thomas P Campbell

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Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestry at the Tudor Court

Presented by Thomas P. Campbell
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission. Cash or checks only.

Luxurious, beautiful, and portable, tapestry was the pre-eminent art form of the Tudor court. Henry VIII (1491 – 1547) amassed an unrivaled collection over the course of his reign. In this lecture, tapestry scholar Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will weave the history of this magnificent collection into the life of its owner. Now largely dispersed or destroyed, Campbell will reassemble Henry’s extensive inventory and reveal how, through tapestry, Henry identified himself with historic, religious, and mythological figures, putting England in dialogue―and competition―with the leading courts of Early Modern Europe while promoting his own religious and political agendas at home. He will also shed light on Tudor political and artistic culture and the court’s response to Renaissance aesthetic ideals, and challenge the predominantly text-driven histories of the period to offer a fresh perspective on the life of Henry VIII.

Over his thirty-year career, Thomas P. Campbell has dedicated his life to the preservation, study and promotion of art as a gateway to human understanding. A distinguished art historian who was educated at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute, University of London, he joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1995 as an assistant curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and supervising curator of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center. As curator, he conceived and organized the acclaimed exhibitions Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence (2002) and Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor (New York, 2007; Madrid, 2008). The 2002 exhibition was named “Exhibition of the Year” by Apollo Magazine and its catalogue won the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award (College Art Association) for distinguished exhibition catalogue in the history of art (2003). His book, Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestries at the Tudor Court, a reappraisal of the art and patronage of the era, was published in 2007. From 2009 to 2017, he served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was appointed Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2018.

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Beyond Measure

Special Event
,June

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The Beauty Who Changed the Metrics of Fashion

Presented by Ya’ara Keydar
Friday, June 28, 2019, 10:15 am
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theatre, Legion of Honor Museum

Talk and Tea:
$65 General Admission
$55 TAC members
$105 Dresser’s Circle.

RSVP by Thursday, June 20, 2019

Please join us for the gifted, internationally acclaimed lecturer/curator (“How Fashion Became Every Museum’s Superstar,”“Je T’aime Ronit Elkabetz,”) Ya’ara Keydar.

Questions concerning the image of the female body, ideals of beauty and women’s role in society, all in relation to size, have been central in Western culture. Fashion is where this image of the body changes shape and dimensions, and dons further intricacies. Even the attempt at choosing a term for the nonslender woman reveals many hidden complexities. One of these terms – “Rubenesque” – was coined after one of the greatest painters of his age, Peter Paul Rubens.

In her lecture, fashion historian Ya’ara Keydar examines the shifting fashionable ideals and attitudes towards women’s bodies at various points in history beginning with Rubens in the 16th century, to Jean Paul Gaultier’s celebrated Plus Size muses in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Roots, Wood, Bugs and Berries: Natural Dyes

June

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Roots, Wood, Bugs and Berries: Natural Dyes

Presented by Deb McClintock
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission. Cash or checks only.

Natural dyestuffs fall mainly into the following broad categories: Leaves and stems, twigs and tree prunings, flower heads, barks, roots, insect dyes, outer skins , hulls and husks, heartwoods and wood-shaving, berries and seeds and lichens.

Deb McClintock will talk about how we get those colors to “bite” with mordants. We’ll consider how you use different “assists” to push the colors different directions such as vinegar, iron and even the impact the type of water used, rainwater versus well water, has on your colors. We’ll look back in time at what was used historically and talk about dye safety today. There will be some examples of the colors produced by cactus tuna, cochineal and Texas ball moss, plus more. We will compare dye methods to the other side of the world by Lao dyers. We will wander thru indigo possibilities. We will talk about the possibilities that exist in your valley. She won’t make a natural dye expert of you in one talk but you will start looking at your garden plants in a new light.

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May Lecture Kaisik Wong

May

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Kaisik Wong: Extraordinary Appropriation

Presented by Marci Kwon
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission. Cash or checks only.

This lecture will consider the work of San Francisco artist and fashion designer Kaisik Wong (1950-1990). A polymath known for his meticulously constructed garments, Wong blurred the line between performance, fashion, and art. He also made clothes for Tina Turner, Ann Getty, Danielle Steele, Betty Davis, as well as the flight attendants for the short-lived Freelandia airline.

“Extravagant Appropriation” will provide an overview of Wong’s artistic trajectory, beginning with his early training in San Francisco, Chinatown, extending through his short-lived fashion line Muuntux and Pitash Rhok, and concluding with his collaborations with photographer Steven Arnold and Salvador Dali. It will also explore Wong’s engagement with theosophy, mysticism, and Surrealism, and the counterculture.

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Batik Krimsa Special Event

Special Event: Meet the Artists – Indonesian Batik from the Brahma Tirta Sari Studio

with Batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Filam
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:30am to 2pm
Krimsa Fine Rugs and Decor, 2190 Union ST., San Franciso

Admission: Free

You are invited to join us for a special presentation by Ismoyo and Nia of examples of their art and a discussion of the philosophy behind the formation of their unique pieces. Brahma Tirta Sari means ‘creativity is the source of all knowledge’ and Ismoyo and Nia describe their work this way:” We seek to read the visual texts of traditional Javanese batiks, which are expressions of the knowledge imbued in batik’s cultural heritage and to express it in a contemporary form”.

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May 2019 Basketry Workshop

A Colorful Hex Plaited Flower Basket Workshop

with Barbara Shapiro
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Wells Fargo Room, de Young Museum

Admission: Workshop is open to members of TAC only, $100 including all weaving materials, pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, April 19, 2019.

The Art Basket phenomenon has deep roots in the Bay Area. Utilitarian flower arranging baskets have ties to Japan. Our own de Young Museum honors flower arranging with the annual Bouquets to Art event. You can learn to make a small basket to use with a few fresh or dried flowers in this workshop with Barbara Shapiro. You will explore flexible sturdy open weave hexagonal plaiting technique in colorful cane and create a small basket with one handle for hanging on the wall. Hexagonal structure can also be manipulated into many shapes and over woven in more cane or materials of your choice to create stunning sculptures or functional baskets. We will start out with a simple open hex weave stand for your iPad. After lunch, you will work creatively to create your own hanging basket. No previous experience necessary.

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April 2019 Indonesian Batik Workshop

April

Indonesian Batik Workshop

with Batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Filam
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Berkeley, CA (private home)

Admission: Workshop is open to members of TAC only, $200 plus a materials fee (approximately $30) to be paid the day of the workshop, pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, April 19, 2019.

Crossing both visible and invisible boundaries of nationality-ethnic background, the traditional-the contemporary, art-craft Agus Ismoyo (Indonesian) and Nia Filam (American) have been working collaboratively to produce contemporary textiles in their fine art batik studio, Brahma Tirta Sari in Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 1985. Ismoyo’s ancestors were batik makers in the court city of Solo in Java. He was trained in industrial management at the Industrial Academy (AKPRIND) in Yogyakarta. Nia originally explored dye resist techniques from Africa and Asia in America. She completed her fine arts degree at Pratt Institute in New York City before coming to Indonesia in 1983 to study traditional batik.

In this one day workshop Nia Filam and Agus Ismoyo will provide a step by step experience of the batik process. Nia and Ismoyo will share the insights in to the history and culture of batik and give an introduction to the equipment and materials used in the process followed by the opportunity to work with both hand drawn (batik tulis) and block print (batik chop) batik instruments to create individual pieces.

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Lecture: Who Says You Can’t Motorize a Quilt?

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Who Says You Can’t Motorize a Quilt?

Presented by Susan Else
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission. Cash or checks only.

For the past 20 years, Susan Else has made sculpture with a collaged and quilted cloth surface. Figurative, with a surrealistic overlay, the work has a humorous undertone. Each piece tells a story—though the narrative is often ambiguous. She likes to make work that merges conflicting emotions and experiences in a single image. She aims to keep the viewer a little off-balance, but engaged. She wants the surface of the work to be beautiful in the way that only a textile can.

Ten years ago, Susan began adding lighting, motors, and audio to her work—not because of an innate fondness for technology, but to help tell the stories. Along with a brief survey of previous work, this presentation will concentrate on “Without a Net,” a ten-piece installation focused on the dualities of the old-fashioned circus and sideshow. Her circus is brought to life with moving parts, the sounds of barkers and calliope, and lighting that fades in and out to add to the performance ambiance. Some of you may have seen the installation, which debuted this spring at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

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