Interest Group – Art and Garden

Group Leaders:  Jacque Schubert

To join this group, please contact group leader.

Art and Garden is an eclectic group with varied interests. Past activities have included trips to art museums, walking tours of S.F., trips to Filoli Garden and the Berkeley Botanical Garden. We have fun, always learn something new, and always have lunch during our outings! We meet 6-8 times per year, September through June, usually on a Wednesday or Friday.

We use a very a broad definition of ‘art and garden’. Every year we try and take advantage of what is going on in the Bay Area that is accessible and we might enjoy.    We go to San Francisco, Oakland, Pleasanton, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Benicia, or wherever something of interest is happening. We take BART when we can or else we carpool. page updated 7 July 2017

On Friday, January 19,  2018, we’ll BART to the Asian Art Museum to see “Couture Korea”.    Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (65+).    We will lunch at the museum café after our free noon docent tour.     Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values.    This exhibition, with over 120 works, links artifacts to today’s fashions.   Couture Korea opens with an introduction to the exquisite craftsmanship, signature silhouettes and bold aesthetics of clothing from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), presented in precise reconstructions based on archival records.   Learn how details of design – cut, materials, colors and accessories – communicated moral codes and customs, the wearer’s age and position in society, and the occasion and season for which a garment was crafted.   Karl Lagerfeld’s 2015-2016 Cruise Collection for Chanel was influenced by Joseon dynasty fashion.    The other galleries focus on contemporary designers who have been inspired by Korean tradition, including  established and up-and-coming designers.

In the second floor Korean art galleries, a satellite exhibit brings cultural context.   Drawn from the museum’s own collection, it includes hair ornaments, tasseled fasteners for robes, pillows, a lacquered chest, and calligraphy scrolls.  A must-see Confucian scholar’s room is also on display, consisting of an eight-panel screen from the 19th century.  Painted by Yi Eungrok, it is considered one of the museum’s masterpieces and is rarely on view.

We will meet at 9:30 am at either Osage Park in Danville or Alamo Safeway Plaza to carpool to BART.   Before our noondocent tour, we will have time to peruse the second floor galleries and make a quick run through the exhibit.    Please contact me if you have questions or to sign up.  It should be fun and fascinating.