Lecture at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Guest Lecture: The Making of Candlesticks, Books, Flowers, Fruit, and Other Things of Interest, by Beth Lipman

courtesy Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

courtesy Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

September 1, 2016,

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Koret Auditorium

Her work explores aspects of material culture through still lives, site-specific installations, and photographs. The hand-sculpted glass compositions are comprised of inanimate objects that are metaphors for individuals and society. Every object, whether broken, flawed, or perfect is incorporated into the final composition, literally capturing a moment in time. The process of creating defines the final composition. Concepts of mortality, consumerism, materiality, and temporality (critical issues since the inception of the still life tradition in the 17th century) continue to be relevant.

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Free in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Docent Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. No reservations required.

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Docent Council


(415) 750-3638

Ringling Museum Acquires Sideboard with Blue China

Sarasota, Fla, January 2016—As a sign of dedication to glass as an artistic medium, The Ringling recently acquired Sideboard with Blue China, a monumental and intricate wood and glass sideboard by renowned American artist Beth Lipman. This acquisition was made possible by a major gift, along with an endowment for the acquisition of contemporary art, from Dan Denton, Board member, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, and Founder Emeritus, Sarasota Magazine.

The work will become a part of The Ringling’s glass collection to be housed in the recently announced Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion, set to open in the fall of 2017, made possible in part by major gifts by Nancy and Philip Kotler and Margot and Warren Coville.