Frank Stella burst onto the art scene in 1959 at age 23, with his now-legendary series of black paintings. Over the years his abstract compositions have become increasingly complex and dynamic, moving out from the walls into the third dimension, expanding the very definition of painting. The de Young is the only West Coast venue for this retrospective covering six decades of Stella’s work, including paintings, wall mounted reliefs and sculptures.
Dr. Jane Kinsman is senior curator of International Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. She has recently completed the publication Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection, to accompany an exhibition opening in November 2016.
Did you know that the ancient Maya were passionate about chocolate? Through narratives on Maya ceramics and their hieroglyphic writings, we discover that the Maya treasured chocolate and recent discoveries provide scientific verification.
Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire (2015, 75 min)
Filmmaker John Forsen and writer-producer Gary Gibson (with 18 Emmys between them) created this feature-length Emmy Award winning documentary that tells the story of how a small art school an hour north of Seattle became the premiere glass art center in the world and fueled an art movement.
Labyrinth (1986, 101 minutes) is a fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas, and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film revolves around 15 year-old Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie).
Popol Vuh is a corpus of mytho-historical narratives of the Postclassic K'iche' kingdom in modern-day Guatemala's western highlands. The title translates to "book of the community", "book of counsel", or, more literally as "book of the people". Popol Vuh's prominent features are its creation myth, its diluvian suggestion, its epic tales of the hero twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué, and its genealogies.
The tale of Hunahpú and Xbalanqué has been rendered in this hour-long animated film by Patricia Amlin.
Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, PhD, Co-Principal of LeFalle/Collins Projects L/CP is an art historian, curator, and writer. Since 1991, she has organized exhibitions for museums nationwide as well as for international biennials. She is the founding curator of visual arts at both the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco and has authored and contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, brochures, and scholarly journals.
Timothy Anglin Burgard is the Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Bob Bain is an associate professor in educational studies and history at the University of Michigan. He serves as a faculty associate in the museum studies program and is director of the International Institutes and School of Education’s World History and Literature Initiative. He earned his PhD in history with a concentration in youth policy.