Anders Zorn, Caique Oarsman,1886, watercolor, Zorn Museum

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ARTalks on Anders Zorn.

ARTalks on Anders Zorn and related programs are presented in connection with Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter, on view February 27 – May 18, 2014. A Swedish painter with a refined international style, Zorn (1860-1920) was one of the most acclaimed portrait painters of his time, both in America and around the world. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Art Historical Lectures || Film, Music, and Curator Insights || Family Programs

Emma Lamm Zorn: Philanthropist, Ethnographer, Woman, Jew
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30 – 8 PM — FREE, RSVP encouraged. RSVP
With Michelle Facos, Professor, History of Art and Adjunct Professor, Jewish Studies, Indiana University. Emma Lamm Zorn was one of Sweden’s most energetic promoters of social equality and regional identity in her adopted province of Dalarna. The wife of Anders Zorn, she helped to establish Sweden’s first regional open-air museum, an orphanage, and a community college dedicated to handicrafts. While the marriage of a peasant’s illegitimate artist-son to the daughter of a prosperous Stockholm merchant was an unusual alliance at the time, both spouses profited from the singular opportunities it presented.

Zorn, Paris, and the International Avant-Garde
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 / 6:30 – 8 PM — FREE, RSVP encouraged. RSVP
With Dr. Thor J. Mednick, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Toledo. Anders Zorn was arguably the most internationally successful of all the Scandinavian painters working in the 1890s. In his effort to make a place for himself as a Scandinavian modernist, Zorn fashioned a style that was at once internationally relevant and regionally peculiar. With particular attention to Zorn’s extended sojourns in Paris and the United States, the works he produced in these years and the cultural luminaries he encountered and worked with, this talk will contextualize Zorn in the general emergence of Scandinavian art into the mainstream and evaluate his significance for this phenomenon.

Film Screening: Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2 – 3:30 PM — Free with museum admission. BUY TICKETS

In the Gilded Age of the 1890s, a boy of modest means—Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920)—grew up to be a portrait painter for the Swedish monarchy and American presidents. In this documentary, filmed at the ZornMuseet in Mora, Sweden, Anders Zorn’s story is told by museum director Johan Cederlund and other Zorn experts from Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum; San Francisco’s The Legion of Honor FAMSF; and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Director Joshua V. Hassel and Senior Curator Bruce Weber will offer an introduction to the film.

Choral Performance
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2 – 3 PM — Free with museum admission. BUY TICKETS
The choir of the Church of Sweden in New York will perform a selection of Swedish folk music, supplementing the sights of Zorn’s milieu with its sounds. Past performances of the Church of Sweden choir include dinners and events with Nobel Laureates, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and members of the Swedish Royal Family in attendance.

Curator Insights
Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:30 – 2:30 PM — Free with museum admission. BUY TICKETS
Gain intimate access to a curator and insight into our current exhibition when Senior Curator Bruce Weber discusses Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter during a gallery tour.

Storytelling & Music
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2 – 4 PM — RSVP
How are stories told through art and music? Families participate in a gallery tour and music workshop. After looking at works in the museum galleries, a visiting musician will play traditional folk songs and lead a music workshop. Drawing activities are also incorporated.

Light & Color
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2 – 4 PM — RSVP
Families will discover the language of color and light in the work of Anders Zorn. Following a conversation in the galleries, parents and children will create their own images, exploring the expressive possibilities of paint.

Family programs at the National Academy are designed for children ages 4 to 12 and their parents.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Zornmuseet in association with the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Honorary Patron
Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter has been made possible by major support from
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation

Additional support is gratefully acknowledged from
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Embassy of Sweden
Consulate General of Sweden in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Heimbold/The Heimbold Foundation
Paula and Peter Lunder/The Lunder Foundation
Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon L. Olson, Jr.
David and Ide Dangoor
Lena and Gilbert Kaplan