Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #79, 1975; Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with funds contributed by private donors; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Henri Matisse, The Blue Window, 1913; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: digital image; © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY


Meeting of the Minds

Part of SFMOMA 101

Inspired by the exhibition Matisse/Diebenkorn, this series of talks examines artistic influence and aesthetic affinities between pairs of artists. Whether separated by time and place or through close personal relationships, this class highlights the ways in which artists gain inspiration from one another. Curators and scholars share stories, observations, and insights with participants as they draw connections between artworks and invite closer inspection of pieces both familiar and new. Participants will spend time in the galleries as part of this class.


April 6: Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin

Sarah Roberts, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture

April 13: Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn

Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture

April 20: Joan Brown and Elmer Bischoff

Jeff Gunderson, archivist and special collections librarian, San Francisco Art Institute

April 27: Ed Ruscha and Sister Corita Kent

Nancy Lim, assistant curator of painting and sculpture