WHAT: The Timken Museum of Art, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in 2015, welcomes the world’s foremost expert on Johannes Vermeer. Arthur K. Wheelock is coming to San Diego to give a select group of San Diegans an up close and personal look at one of the most rare paintings in the entire world.
Wheelock is a notable scholar from the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and is in San Diego for an evening event to answer questions and give insight into Vermeer’s life, as the museum is currently exhibiting one of only 36 known Vermeer paintings, “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter,” through Sept. 11, 2015. Admission to the June 3 lecture is $35 for Timken members, $45 for nonmembers.
WHERE: Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego, Calif. 92101 NEAR THE LILY POND AND PLAZA DE PANAMA.
EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 75-100
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2015. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
BEST TIME TO COVER: Between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Interviews with Wheelock can be arranged before and after the lecture.
WHY: The four-month exhibition and events, like the June 3 lecture, are designed to give guests an enhanced understanding of the Vermeer and other masterpieces in the Timken’s collection.
MORE INFORMATION: TimkenMuseum.org or call 619-239-5548.
ABOUT “WOMAN IN BLUE READING A LETTER”
“Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” is one of Vermeer’s most captivating portrayals of a young woman’s private world. The generous loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam marks the first appearance of this remarkable painting in San Diego. The special installation allows visitors to have an intimate experience with “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” and highlights one of the most celebrated painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Admission is free and open to the public to see the painting at the Timken Museum of Art through Sept. 11, 2015 during regular museum hours..
Vermeer captures our imagination and stirs our emotions in his seemingly simple and direct scenes in ways that few other artists are able to do. How he creates this impact is one of the fascinating mysteries surrounding this great Dutch seventeenth century master. This talk will offer numerous insights on one of Vermeer’s most beautiful paintings.
INTERVIEWS & VISUALS:
- Arthur K. Wheelock, curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
- David Bull, visiting director, Timken Museum of Art, will be at the opening reception and will make brief remarks of exhibition.
- Megan Pogue, general manager, Timken Museum of Art.
- “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” is one of Vermeer’s most captivating portrayals of a young woman’s private world.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART:
- Only free art museum in Balboa Park
- Free docent tours in 6 languages
- Only Rembrandt painting on public display in San Diego
- Museum architecture is considered one of the most notable examples of mid-century modernism – designed by Frank L. Hope architect
- The lighting designed by the pioneer lighting designer Richard Kelly – you view the paintings in natural light as they were when painted
- Only museum you can be inside the building and look out into the park
- 50th Anniversary of the Timken, founded in 1965
- Small scale museum – intimate can view entire collection in 30 to 40 minutes
- Offer wide range of programs designed for everyone from novices to scholars
- 26 educational programs take place in the museum and in the community