Northern California has a rich landscape tradition. Every landscape artist who has ever visited or lived here has been inspired by our variety of scenery, friendly climate, and unique light.
What is African art? How was it used and how and why did European Modern artists become so engaged with it? Join us at this docent lecture to learn about some of the pieces in our Africa Art Gallery.
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West includes 99 works that reveal the artist’s engagement with the American west and its role in our national mythology. This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and celebrates the career of one of the world’s most influential and critically-acclaimed artists.
Matt Gonzalez is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate in 2008. For over a decade, Gonzalez has been exhibiting his own art work, currently with Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. His work has been reviewed in Art LTD / West Coast Art + Design, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, NY Arts Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.
An inspiring film with unforgettable imagery, Los Niños Abandonados (1975, 63 min., color, Spanish with English subtitles) was filmed by Danny Lyon in Santa Marta, Colombia. The film shows the daily rhythms of a gang of boys who live on the city’s streets. Their survival skills and errant lifestyles are in evidence as they beg for scraps to eat, wheel and deal with storekeepers and street vendors, and play together.
Willie (1985, 82 min., color and b&w), a film by Danny Lyon and Nancy Weiss Lyon, was shot in Bernalillo, New Mexico, home of the filmmakers and their subject, Willie Jaramillo. Defiantly individualistic and implacable in the face of authority, Willie is repeatedly thrown into jail for relatively minor offenses.
Tonight's program includes a screening of Soc. Sci. 127 (1969, 21 min.) and Leesburg (2015–2016, 8 min.) by Danny Lyon, followed by a discussion between the artist and Julian Cox, chief curator and founding curator of photography, FAMSF.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 104 min) is a naturalistic film noir classic (resembling numerous B-films) of the early 1950s directed by John Huston. The realistic, documentary-like, urban crime/heist film, advertised as "A John Huston Production," is one of the first films that completely detailed how to pull off an authentic-looking heist—considered morally improper under the Motion Picture Production Code.