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Phillips, SFMOMA, MOMA – Which Came First?
Three US museums display modern and contemporary art: The Phillips Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. I’ll discuss their collections and divulge which one was the first modern art museum in the nation.

Van Gogh or Wyeth - Is Art Relevant Today?
After returning from a whirlwind weekend in NY - visiting six museums, I observed the reactions of the crowds (and friends at home) on the popularity or (obscurity) of certain artists. I’ll also discuss a new initiative: 'Art Everywhere' project – bringing art to the public.

Phillips Collection ‘Made in USA’ Exhibit
The Phillips Collection in Washington DC opened in 1921. Thisctrove of American art spans the late 19th – 20th centuries. Showing not only Renoir’s 'Luncheon of Boating Party', recently acquired art can be seen alongside masters’ works.

Rodin ‘Eternal Spring’ & ‘Gates of Hell’
The name Auguste Rodin is synonymous with sculpture. His works in bronze and marble transcend times and cultures. I will discuss some of his most famous works and their ever changing titles.

Mauritshuis Museum Loans Art During Redo
The past exhibition of loaned artwork from the Mauritshuis, The Hague proved to be a record breaking exhibit at the Frick Collection, New York. Other museums worldwide benefited from their two year renovation. I will discuss the collection.

Venetian Carnival Masks as Art
The annual Venetian Carnival or 'mardi gras' begins two weeks before Ash Wednesday. I will discuss the history 'behind' the illustrious masks worn by partygoers in Venice.

Lauder Gift of Modern Art to Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC is 'encyclopedic' in that it can exhibit over 5,000 years of art history. Adding to their fine collection of modern art is Leonard Lauder's gift of 78 Cubist paintings.

'Expulsion from Garden of Eden' in Art
In the Book of Genesis, the Biblefs first book, man and woman are expelled from the Garden of Eden. I will discuss paintings by: Masaccio, Michelangelo, and Thomas Cole - artists who painted this biblical theme.

Vermeer Art Created from Smoke & Mirrors?
Artist David Hockney has been critical of artists such as Johannes Vermeer, saying he may have 'cheated' by projecting and tracing images onto his canvas. I'll explain the camera obscura and how contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Abelardo Morell use technology to produce their art.

Fashion Designers Reinterpret Art Masterpieces
If art is beauty and beauty is art, then it shouldn’t be shocking when fashion designers reinterpret art masterpieces by using the colors and layout intended by the artist. I will discuss works by Manet and Vermeer, and the fashion houses: Christian Dior and Valentino.

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