**Cancelled** April 2020 First Wednesday Talk – Sentinel of the Golden Gate: The Art History of Mount Tamalpais, with Christian Jordan
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to later in the year.
Few friends of Tam are aware of the mountain’s rich artistic legacy, from its earliest depictions in the 1840s to the present day. According to one art historian, by 1900 Mount Tamalpais was one of the four areas of California most often depicted by artists, alongside Mount Shasta, the Monterey Peninsula, and Yosemite. While many of these early works are masterpieces of both their respective artists and eras, the majority are now confined to the storage spaces of museum collections or homes of private collectors. Sentinel of the Golden Gate (a future exhibition and publication) will offer these rarely seen works, as well as dozens of others from the 20th and 21st centuries, to a generation widely unfamiliar with early California art.
In this First Wednesday talk, a range of highlights from the research will be presented and discussed including: masterpieces from private collections, rare paintings from the most prominent early California artists, stories of artists who lived and painted in Marin, and where some of these works can be seen in person.
Christian Jordan is a lifelong Mill Valley resident, Tam High and U.C. Berkeley graduate, and friend of Mt. Tam. He is an avid hiker and mountain biker, passionate about spending time on the mountain. Driven by a love of California history, Christian has spent two years independently researching and documenting the art history of Mt. Tamalpais after being inspired by family friend William C. Miesse’s art history of Mt. Shasta ( Sudden and Solitary: Mt. Shasta and its Artistic legacy 1841-2008). The initial objective of the research was to explore all possible sources-spanning from museums, historical societies, and galleries to private collections-to create a survey of Tam works that was as accurately representative of its extensive artistic legacy as it was visually stunning. An objective which remains true to this day.