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Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

October 29, 2011February 12, 2012

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power is a worldwide exclusive presentation of 50 paintings by Venetian painters Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna, and more, primarily from the sixteenth century, all on loan from the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Featured are outstanding examples of the work of these artists that were collected by the archdukes and emperors of the Habsburg family, which are among the most celebrated holdings in the collections of the Gemäldegalerie.

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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Major Patron

Penny and James George Coulter
San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums

Patrons

Athena and Timothy Blackburn
William G. Irwin Charity Foundation

Sponsors

T. Robert and Katherine Burke
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Mrs. James K. McWilliams
Greta R. Pofcher

Education programs presented in conjunction with the exhibition are sponsored by Wells Fargo and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Wells Fargo

Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Color in Print

October 17, 2009March 8, 2010

Donald Judd was a major figure in the Minimalist art movement in the 1960s when he and others sought to create a depersonalized art in which the physical properties of space, scale, and materials were explored as phenomena of interest on their own. Judd’s use of color in three print series dating from 1988 to 1993 are on view along with a recent acquisition, Untitled (1993). Judd’s prints are compared and contrasted with prints by his peer, Sol LeWitt.

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Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

June 20, 2009October 12, 2009

This exhibition explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 sculptures created by artists of four Central African cultures: the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa. Carved primarily from wood, these power figures act as containers for magical organic ingredients and serve purposes both religious and political. According to traditional beliefs, the figures mediate between the human and spirit worlds to insure a healthy birth, successful hunt, or triumph over an enemy. A fully-illustrated catalogue by leading expert Constantine Pedridis accompanies the exhibition.

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Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

May 22, 2010September 6, 2010

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay puts forth nearly 100 works by the famous masters who called France their home during the mid-19th century and from whose midst arose one of the most original and recognizable of all artistic styles, Impressionism.

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Birth of Impressionism
Left: James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1; Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, 1871. Center: Édouard Manet, The Fifer (detail), 1866. Right: Edgar Degas, The Dancing Lesson (detail), 1873-1876. All photos ©RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

Presentation: “A Tour of Princess Amanita’s Dangerous Garden” and Vignette by Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Amanita in her garden. "Dangerously Ever After" book cover
May 27, 2016 -
6:00pm8:30pm
Presentation: A Tour of Princess Amanita’s Dangerous Garden by author Dashka Slater
6–6:20 pm and 7:20–7:40 pm
 
Princess Amanita loves dangerous things, especially her garden which is said to be the most dangerous in the world. Glimpse the botanical bonanza that lies in the royal backyard of this most unusual princess—heckleberries, stink lilies, and swinging mace vanes—alongside a variety of other poisonous, prickly, stinky, and downright unpleasant  plants.

Live Music by "Notte Voci" and Albert Behar

Notte Voci. Image courtesy of the artist
May 27, 2016 -
6:00pm8:45pm
Live music by “Notte Voci” and Albert Behar.
6:30–7:15 pm and 7:40–8:30 pm
 
Notte Voci is a professional classically-trained group of singers comprised of 4 artists from various opera and theater companies throughout the Greater Bay Area. They present a program of operatic solos, duets, and ensembles that span opera, musical theater & art songs.
 
About the singers:
 
Soprano Kristin Genis-Lund has performed extensively throughout California.

"SPRAWL," by December 2016 Artist-in-Residence Ranu Mukherjee

Ranu Mukherjee, Corridor, 2015. Pigment, ink, printed matter, cloth and metal lace on paper, 53.5 x 57 in.
December 7, 2016January 1, 2017

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3–5 pm

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Artist Program 

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.

Costumes for Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” 1909-1929

Costume design for Potiphar's wife in the ballet, La légende de Joseph, by Léon Bakst (Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg), 1914
June 11, 2016 -
10:00am11:30am

For a period of twenty years (1909–1929) Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” astonished European audiences and became the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. By employing very talented designer/artists in ground breaking artistic collaborations, his company redefined the aesthetics of ballet. Focusing on selected costumes, this lecture shows the relationships between designers' sketches, finished costumes, and thematic interpretations. We will look carefully at costume details and talk about the various fabrics and decorative trims that were used.

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