Occurs every Wednesday and Friday. Next Occurs on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:00pm12:30pm.
Hamilton Building - Level 1
Included in general admission

Talk at 12 (Wednesday & Friday)

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission. Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

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October 18 & 20: Best Friends on Four Feet

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France.

We have lived with and loved our animals for millennia … they share our history. Pictures we take of them are precious, and each one captures a moment in time, hinting at the timeless bond.

October 25 & 27: Arctic: Prehistoric to 1980s

Arctic graphic art has deep roots in the decoration of utilitarian objects of bone and ivory. We will follow the development of this artistic tradition from prehistoric fishing and hunting items to 20th-century prints.

November 1 & 3: Marguerite Gérard’s Paris

Before Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, or Rosa Bonheur, Marguerite Gérard was a tremendously successful Parisian artist. How did a teenage girl from Grasse become an accomplished painter whose works were acquired by Napoleon and King Louis XVII? And why is her work on view in Stampede?

November 8 & 10: Beloved Ganesha

In the Hindu religion, Ganesha is associated with doorways and new beginnings, from individual life changes to community celebrations of the New Year.

November 15 & 17: Precourt: Imagine to Discover

In this imaginative, immersive, and interactive installation, the artist challenges us to delve "Past the Tangled Present." With his vision and installation as guides, experience the joy we felt as kids and become part of a familiar but different world.

November 22 & 24: New York City: A Dog’s Eye View

We will look at two very different works of art done from a dog's eye level. One is a surprising tapestry by Gutter Petter titled Dog Barking at Two Women, the other a classic photograph of a chihuahua and friends by Elliot Erwitt called simply New York City.

November 29 & December 1: O’Keeffe Returns

Flowers, still lifes, landscapes, and abstractions are familiar subject matter in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings, but a cow? It is likely that in 1921 while summering at Lake George in upstate New York with Alfred Stieglitz that O'Keeffe captured this beguiling cow. What is he up to?

December 6 & 8: Fabulous Animals of Stampede

Share your stories of wildlife experiences you have had, as we look at animals in art and hear their stories.

December 13 & 15: Three Early Mayan Pots

In the early half of the Classic Maya era, ceramic vessels feature three-dimensional designs and figures on lids. This set of three was likely found in the tomb of a Maya ruler or noble.

December 20 & 22: Linking Islam with Asia

Discover how Islam spread rapidly through much of Asia by adopting long established artistic and cultural traditions. Explore how it absorbed and combined many different techniques and ideas. Learn to identify this very eclectic and sophisticated vocabulary of non-figural art.

December 27 & 29: Psychedelic Cats

Throughout human history, cats have featured prominently in mythology, religion, and art. On this 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, we will look at how and why cat imagery was incorporated into the artistry of the psychedelic posters in the 1960s.