Lecture “Hearst the Collector” – Mary Levkoff

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My fascination with everything Julia Morgan has taken me to a series of lectures  presented by the California Institute for Classical Art and Architecture, California north Chapter in San Francisco.  The third in the series was Tuesday evening, ”Hearst the collector” , an illustrated lecture by Mary Levkoff.

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It was delightful to drive into the Presidio as the evening was falling and the view of the bay and the city skyline from near the Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking.  The Disney Family Museum is in the buildings near Crissy field.  Here we met with the author for a reception and book signing in a space with “It’s a Small World” art work on walls and floors.

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“It’s a Small World” Wall Tile

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“It’s a Small World” Floor Motif

Ms. Levkoff , former curator for the LA County Museum of Art has studied Mr. Hearst’s collections extensively.  She credits him to have been the most outstanding Collector in America of European Sculpture, tapestries, silver and armor.

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Janice and Ms. Levkoff at the Book Signing

Mary Levkoff shared with us her process, pouring over old interior photographs, to discover which outstanding pieces of his collection are now dispersed in museums throughout the world.

Perhaps I’ll have a long weekend this summer to enjoy the home of only a small portion of his collection at the Casa Grande, San Simeon, the Hearst Castle, designed by Julia Morgan for him.  For over thirty years she collaborated with him on his castle on the Enchanted Hill.

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