art:inFOCUS Lecture Series
Immerse yourself in the world of art through this engaging series of presentations and open discussions with artists and art professionals.
All art:inFOCUS evenings begin at 6:00pm with a rotating schedule of gourmet treats, a wine reception and live music, followed by a presentation at 7:00pm. All lectures will be held at The Art Museum of Los Gatos.
Series (Members): $25
Series (Non-Members): $45 (also includes complimentary 1-year Museums Membership)
Upcoming Lectures | 2013-2014 Season
Stepping Up to the Plate: Perspectives on Printmaking
Kathy Aoki uses humor to explore gender and beauty issues via familiar formats such as cartoon styling or art historical references to lure in the viewer. Recent installations of her work were presented in the context of a futuristic beauty history museum set in the early 4th millennium. The museum framework allows for a free hand in commentary on today’s values.
Kathy grew up on the east coast in the small town of Natick, a Boston suburb. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, followed by two years at Washington University in St. Louis for an MFA in Printmaking. Currently Kathy lives and works in the Silicon Valley where she is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Santa Clara University. Past awards include fellowships from Kala Art Institute (1995), the MacDowell Colony (2001), Headlands Center for the Arts (2003), and Djerassi (2006). Her work can be found in major collections across the U.S. such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMOMA , the Harvard University Art Museums, and the New York Public Library. Past projects included a 2004 grant from the San Francisco Public Arts Commission for the Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Project. Her series of linocut prints were transformed into 4 x 6 ft posters entitled “Champions of Market St.” showing Market St. pedestrians dressed in super-hero garb performing random acts of kindness. In January 2012, Aoki completed an interactive “Political Paper Dolls” art installation commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art for the exhibition “Renegade Humor.”
Art of the Theatre: A Panel Discussion
Come “backstage” to experience the stagecraft of set designers, costumers, make-up and lighting artists as The Museums of Los Gatos presents Unmasking the Stage: The Visual Artists Behind the Theater Experience. This captivating exhibition brings you the work of talented designers from the Bay Area Theatre community and immerses you in their vision. Discover the processes these artists use to create a sense of place and time, real or imagined, for their theater audience. Unmasking the Stage runs from January 28-March 30, 2014.
The panel will feature a lively conversation with four Theater Arts professionals (such as set designer, costumer, director, actor).
Craft as an Action Word: California Art Glass
Mary Bayard White is co-head of the Crucible Glass Department in West Oakland. She is a Bay Area sculptor/arts educator who likes to link art making and environmental issues, addressing issues of water resources, renewable energy, urban habitats for wild birds and affordable housing. She believes in the power of regeneration, transformation and reuse, uses salvage materials in her work, and often works with many varieties of recycled glass, and found metal parts.
Mary has a MFA in Glass and Painting from California College of the Arts. From 1985-2005, she was head of the San Jose State University Glass Program and taught in the School of Art and Design and the Creative Arts Department at San Jose State University. She also has served as a board member and Oakland, CA site coordinator for the Glass Art Society conference, organized the California Glass Exchange in San Jose and currently serves on the board of the Women Environmental Art Directory. She has taught workshops at over fifteen institutions and is in many collections, including the Corning Glass Museum. Her current work includes solar powered bird baths, glass flood level markers, and glass watershed maps. At our art:inFOCUS lecture, Mary will discuss the history of art glass and share her experiences as an artist in the California Art Glass movement.
Past Lectures | 2012-2013 Season
The 2012-2013 art:inFOCUS lecture season featured diverse topics that were designed to complement an exciting new exhibition schedule at The Art Museum of Los Gatos. Five presentations were featured over the course of several months. The expert perspectives of our lecturers inspired audiences to take an informed look at art within the museum and beyond.