Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.

Upcoming Programs

Archaeology, Museums, and War: Strategies for the 21st Century

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm
Location: Koret Auditorium, de Young

The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria during the last 16 years have profoundly influenced who we are and what we do as scholars dealing with the art and material culture of antiquity. This talk draws heavily on the speaker’s own experiences with museums, foreign wars, and archaeology,...

The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated—Suppressed—Forgotten

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 2:00pm
Location: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

This lecture discusses the making and reception of Munich’s bronze reconstruction of Polykleitos’s famous Doryphoros (Spear Bearer). An exceptional piece of sculpture, the statue is represented as the reconstruction of the lost bronze original statue made by Polykleitos (ca. 440 BC). At the same...

Nature Tamed and Framed: Reimagining Paradise in the Late Roman and Early Christian World

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:00pm
Location: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

Gardens, both real and represented, played a central role in the development of Roman and Early Christian visions of paradise and how those visions could be expressed in the art and architecture of the Mediterranean world. This talk focuses on what paradise meant to these ancient viewers and...

Past Programs

The Ancient Art Council has been offering programs on various related topics and subjects since 1998.