Lunch and Lecture - Breaking the Code: Hidden Meanings & Secret Messages in Art

Hi Ocean Beach Buddies - I've been interested in symbols, probably since hearing Joseph Campbell talk, so this docent lecture at the Legion sounds intriguing.  If you are also interested in this topic, please join me!

Here is the lecture info: http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/calendar/docent-lecture-breaking-code-hidden-meanings-and-secret-messages-art-victoria-kirby

Let's meet early at 1pm and have lunch or coffee/tea /drink in the Museum Cafe  and then head to the theater to hear the lecture, which starts at 2:15pm.  The lecture is free but you must pay to get into the museum ($10 adults, $7 seniors).   After the lecture people may want to stroll the museum.  I'm not scheduling that part so it will be up to the attendees.  As far as I can tell - the lecture is not associated with any particular exhibit.  

I have found the Museum cafe to be reasonable and offer vegetarian food.  Their description:  "The Legion of Honor Café presents a serene environment for dining on soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees with a view of Lincoln Park and the Marin Headlands." 

Let's meet by the Thinker statue outside the main entrance at 1pm - please be on time.  We will head inside promptly at 1:10pm to pay and head to the cafe, which sometimes has a good line.  If you miss me outside, look for me inside the cafe I guess, since I won't be waiting past 1:10pm.

Hope you can join me!  

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  • A former member
    A former member

    After school homework for extra-credit:

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnolfini_Portrait

    A much more interesting example, I think.

    September 21

    • Michael E.

      Shanelle, you're talking about Bosch, right? Yeah, I don't know, maybe. I'm not attached to any explanation. Fraenger, IIRC, proposed that he was, in the general medieval Catholic Christian millieu, a member of a heretical sect called the Brothers and Sisters of the Free Spirit, who would have nude gatherings and stuff like that. So his art encoded maybe both this divergence and probably the esoterica that came with it. This is art symbolism perhaps pushing the envelope of interpretation, as, as just before our MeetUp I was telling Karen I had been reading a book by Jung, Psychology and Religion, in which, IMHO, Jung's semiotics went profoundly off the wheels, if you catch my drift. Our lecture, on the other hand, seemed pretty staid, conservative, orthodox, safely within limits, compared to, say, Fraenger (and forget about Jung--although his writing is still sometimes interesting).

      September 25

    • Donna

      Heretical sect, really? I think I was on the right track then! Don't get me wrong - no judgment against heresy, but if cultish, it could stem from early childhood "experiences."­

      September 25

  • Eva

    Lunch was great, lecture a bit disappointing. I expected more a link to modern art, but of course this is The Legion.

    September 22

  • Michael E.

    Lunch and the people were excellent; the lecture was kind of so-so.

    September 21

  • Donna

    Thanks Karen, I was amazed that I was not too old to learn new things! And you stumped the expert! :)

    September 21

  • Karen

    Thanks everyone for coming - it was interesting. Michael - post a link to your art. Then we can look for any symbols in them.

    September 21

    • Michael E.

      I don't have a link, but I'll send you an email. I don't think there's much symbology in them, maybe other than the fact that they're attempts to depict the sublime in things.

      September 21

  • Mark W.

    I've been interested to learn and apply more symbology and iconography knowledge in writing. Great lecture and perfect West Side SF setting.

    September 20

  • A C

    very interesting, can't go this time...keep it up

    September 20

  • Toni K.

    Hi Karen. Trying to send a personal note but site not cooperating. Give me a call OK?[masked]

    September 16

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