Finding Artistic Inspiration at the World's Fair

February 26, 2017
1 - 3 PM

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Two Sundays, February 26 & March 5

During their heyday, world’s fairs and international expositions were grand spectacles, concentrated displays of art, industry, and people from across the globe. This class will explore the role these venues played in fostering artistic exchange and innovation among American artists, designers, and craftspeople. In particular, we will use the exhibit JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876–1970 to explore how world’s fairs generated American interest in Japanese art and design and shaped the public’s view of Japanese culture and society.

$50 members • $70 nonmembers

Instructor: Kevin Muller

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About the Instructor:

Kevin Muller has taught at University of California, Berkeley; the San Francisco Art Institute; and Chabot College. He has also lectured on the collections at several museums, including the Crocker and the de Young. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and his publications cover three centuries of American art.


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No experience is required unless noted. The Museum provides student-quality supplies included in the fee unless indicated otherwise. Students are welcome to bring their personal supplies; however there is no discount for doing so. Oil paints are not allowed in studio classrooms. Registered students are not permitted to bring guests.

Japanese Poster: Expo 70. Eiko Ishioka, Takeshi Ohtake, Masao Kohmura. 1970.

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