Jill D'Alessandro is curator of the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts, and Victoria Binder is paper conservator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
From Ballet to Blooms
Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks, Bloomsbury Flowers, London, England
Former Royal Ballet dancers Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks of Bloomsbury Flowers have retained their sense of the theatrical in their floristry, whether it’s in small hand-tied bouquets from one of their stylish London shops or in sensational arrangements for interior designer Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels.
Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture
Françoise Weeks, Portland, Oregon
Françoise Weeks’s Belgian heritage and early training in Antwerp infuse her work with a quintessentially European reverence for flowers and nature. Combining creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystallized her singular style—textural woodlands and botanical haute couture—and garnered a global following. Her distinctive creations using moss, lichens, bark, and forest-floor gatherings will expand the way you think about flowers.
Jordan Kantor's artwork has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including, most recently, at The Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art and Design (2016); Churner and Churner, New York (2014); Ratio 3, San Francisco (2013); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2011); Seattle Art Museum (2010); Art 40 Basel Statements (2009); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009); the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art (2008); Johnen Galerie, Berlin (2008); Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2007); and Artists Space, New York (2006).
Join us as Dale Gluckman guides us through an exciting discovery in the archives! During the preliminary research for a new textile museum in Bangkok, now the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the design and curatorial consulting teams were taken into the storerooms of the Inner Court of the Grand Palace. Among the many textiles and elements of dress shown to the team were several batik hip wrappers easily recognized as Javanese. Where did they come from and why were they in the royal store rooms? Who made the collection, under what circumstances, and why?
This talk features American paintings from Colonial times to the Present at the de Young Museum, with a focus on “icons” in the collection. The discussion is woven into the context of the “American Dream” and what we can see of that dream in the work of these artists. The importance of achieving the dream, the elusiveness of the dream, and the loss of the dream are all explored through American art across three centuries. Some of the featured artists include: John Singleton Copley; Edward Hicks; William Hahn; Albert Bierstadt; John Singer Sargent; Sandow Birk; Kiki Smith.
Lisa Kokin makes art with recycled materials that she finds at flea markets, thrift stores, and recycling centers. She has worked with books, buttons, gut, photographs, thread, zippers and most recently with shredded money. Kokin’s work is often a critique of the socio-political status quo imbued with a healthy dose of levity and a keen sensitivity to materials and processes.
This mini-symposium -- the eighth in our annual series -- will explore the artistic connections created through trade along coastal maritime routes and between far reaching shores. Intrepid voyagers have long used water as a highway to access new land and resources. These explorations have initiated encounters between diverse communities and have encouraged the dissemination of regional imagery, materials, and techniques.
This exhibition brings together works by Manet, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, and Sisley, celebrating the man who ensured their talent was showcased to the world, Paul Durand-Ruel.
The Impressionists–and the man who made them –captures some of the world’s most famous paintings in stunning high definition as well as interweaving the incredible story of Durand-Ruel and his important work to perpetuate the Impressionist movement throughtout the art world.