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.

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Current Lectures | 2014-2015 Season

Astronomy and Dirt: A Few Favorite Pieces

David Kimball Anderson November 20, 2014 Santa Cruz sculptor, David Kimball Anderson, will be giving an in-depth lecture on his artistic process and perspective. This lecture will focus on his current body of work, The Manresa Seasons, that includes sculpture and still life inspired from the seasons of nature.

Provenance: Possessing Art This has been rescheduled 

Lynn Federle Orr

 Provenance traces the history of an artwork’s travels from artist’s studio through the hands of subsequent owners. Museum curators, collectors, dealers, art and cultural historians, attorneys–and even some novelists—track the fascinating story of ‘how things got where.’ Museum professional Dr. Lynn Federle Orr shares insights about the role of Provenance in the Art World. At times straightforward, at others tinged with the drama of war or the hype of celebrity, the study of art ownership more importantly opens a window onto larger social issues: shifting fashions in style, political power struggles, cultural identity, and the meaning and purpose of museums themselves. From conventional inheritance, to the excitement of the saleroom, to WWII Repatriations, to the vexing questions of antiquities, Dr. Orr explores the facts, controversies, and ethics in the world of Provenance. LYNN FEDERLE ORR As Curator-in-Charge of European Art, Lynn Orr oversaw the Legion of Honor’s permanent collection and galleries. Dr. Orr also served on the NEA’s Domestic Indemnification Program advisory panel. With a University of California Ph.D., she has lectured and published widely on the 17th and 19th centuries. Recent exhibitions include ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (2013); The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde (2012); and back-to-back exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay (2010-11).  In 2013-14, she taught at Stanford University (Continuing Studies Program), the University of San Francisco (Department of Art and Architecture), and University of California, Santa Cruz (Department of History of Art and Visual Culture).

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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.

Past Lectures | 2013-2014 Season

Stepping Up to the Plate: Perspectives on Printmaking

Katherine Aoki

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

Please note this lecture will be held at The Town of Los Gatos Council Chambers at the Civic Center

The panel discussion to be held at the Council Chambers will feature a lively conversation with four Theater Arts professionals: Art Director, Larry Barrott; Costume Designer and Make-Up Artist, Elizabeth Poindexter; Scenic Designer, Jim Culley; and Lighting Designer, Randy Earle. Their discussion will bring us “backstage” to experience the stagecraft of set designers, costumers, make-up and lighting artists. In conjunction with our current exhibit Unmasking the Stage: The Visual Artists Behind the Theater Experience, 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. Larry Barrott is an accomplished actor, director and scholar who served as SSTC’s Artistic Director from 2005 – 2012. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University, a Master’s Degree in Education from American Continental University, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts at San Jose State University. Larry received his certification in stage combat from Dueling Arts International and serves as the company’s resident fight director. Larry directed SSTC’s productions of Romeo and Juliet,The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V. Larry continues to work with SSTC as its Resident Fight Director and Associate Artist. Elizabeth Poindexter’s professional career has been divided between her two great loves, teaching and designing. She retired from San Jose State University, Department of TV, Radio, Film and Theatre in 2009 where she taught costume and makeup for theatre and film for 30 years. While at SJSU she designed costumes and makeup for over 200 productions, including classical and modern theatre repertoire, musical theatre, jazz and modern dance. Ms. Poindexter is equally well known in the San Francisco Bay Area as a professional costume designer and makeup artist. Some of her professional costume design credits include Opera San Jose, Santa Barbara Opera, Center Repertory Company of Walnut Creek, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, San Jose Repertory Theatre, among others across the country. Her numerous credits as a makeup artist include San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Opera San Jose, The Mark Morris Dance company, and American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Ms. Poindexter’s involvement in Bay Area Theater Organizations is broad, but most notably, she is a founding member of The Bay Area Costume Alliance and long time member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Jim Culley holds a Master’s degree in Technical Theater from San José State and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from The University of Texas, Austin. For the past 15 years, he has designed professionally for San Jose Children’s Musical Theater for productions such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Honk, Rag Time, Tommy, Miss Saigon, Les Miserable, and Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Culley has recently retired from his position as Resident Scenic Designer and the Technical Director for the Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theater at San Jose State University. In addition to teaching theatrical design, scenery construction, 3D modeling, web graphics, and CAD drafting, he also was the Sna Jose State University resident designer for over thirty main stage productions including All My Sons, A Glass Menagerie, A Street Car Named Desire, One Flew Under the Cuckoo’s Nest, Of Mice and Men, Emma, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Bury the Dead. Mr.Culley has also served on numerous Department and College committees and designed for the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan, the University of Texas in Austin, the Cabrillo Stage Company and the California Stage Company in Sunnyvale, among others. Randy Earle is a Theatre Consultant and partner with Pantechnicon LLC, a leading theatre consulting and design firm in San Jose. He has accomplished dozens of theatre consulting projects that range from work for public and private schools, universities, municipal governments and arts producing organizations since 1976. Significant work includes the Garden and Carriage House Theatres at Montalvo Center for the Arts, complete renovation of five Fremont Union High School District theatres and initial feasibility studies for the California Theatre in San Jose. Randy graduated from Purdue University with an M.A. in Theatre Design and Technology and has recently been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni from the Purdue College of Liberal Arts. He came to San Jose State University in 1970 where he had a thirty-eight year career as Professor of Theatre Arts with service as Technical Director, Head of Theatre Arts Program and lighting designer in the Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre. Other significant work has included the United States Institute for Theatre Technology where he served in a number of offices including President and was elected a Fellow. Currently, Randy is Chair of the USITT Fellows and a key member of the Grants and Fellowships Committee.

Craft as an Action Word: California Art Glass

Mary White

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.

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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.

Where is Photography Now?
Brian Taylor, May 16, 2013
Islamic Art, an Introduction: Art, Architecture, Faith and Legends
Johanna Movassat, March 14, 2013
Children’s Illustration A-Z: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Heidi Long, Panelists: Susan Jaekel (Illustrator), Gennifer Choldenko (Author), Summer Laurie (Editor), January 17, 2013
Dreaming in America: Art as an Asian American Journey
Linda Choy, November 8 2012
Fashions of the Body in Western Art
Christy Junkerman, PhD, September 17, 2012

Past Lectures | 2011-2012 Season

Mega Murals – From Brush to Spray Can: A panel discussion regarding public murals, including street art
Panelists: Jeff Appel and John Pugh | Moderator: John C. Agg, May 10, 2012
The Nature of Things
David Middlebrook, March 8, 2012
The Art of Creating Public Spaces
Barbara Goldstein, Public Art Director; City of San Jose, January 12, 2012
Public Art, Urban Infrastructure and Metaphorical Space: The Case of “Floating World”
Professor Anthony Raynsford and Robin Lasser, November 17, 2011
Nothing is Forever: A Moment, a Monument, a Memorial; Passing by Sight-specific Ephemerality
Claudia Borgna (Collaborative program with Montalvo Arts Center), September 29, 2011

The art:inFOCUS Lecture Series is generously supported by:

The Michael and Alyce Parsons Foundation