Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble, screening of "Chihuly: Fire and Light," and Closing Reception for "Samoan Art: Urban"

October 29, 2010 - 5:00pm8:45pm

Matt Small’s Chamber Ensemble
6:30–8:30 p.m. Presenting “Made in San Francisco: Modern Music Influenced by Music of the Post-Impressionist Era”
Chihuly: Fire and Light movie screening
7:00 p.m. Observe Chihuly at work with his team at the de Young. Q&A with producer Mark McDonnell. $5 members; $7 non-members
Closing Reception for October Artist-in-Residence Dan Taulapapa McMullin
6:00–8:30 p.m. Celebrate works by this Samoan artist and his installation Samoan Art: Urban.

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Tango No. 9, Le Café Peetnik, “Gauguin’s Baudelairean Dream,” and Pacific Islander Poetry

October 22, 2010 - 5:00pm8:45pm

Tango No. 9
6:30–8:30 p.m. A synthesis of old school, nuevo, and contemporary tango
Le Café Peetnik
1:00–8:30 p.m. Relax with a tasting of Peet’s among a tableau vivant of artists
“Gauguin’s Baudelairean Dream”
7:00 p.m. Lecture by Professor James Housefield of U.C. Davis
Pacific Islander Poetry
6:00–8:30 p.m. Performance from the Samoan, Tongan, Chamorro, Hawaiian, Cook Islander Maori and Pacific communities

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Friday Night Soirées with the Alliance Française

October 15, 2010 - 5:00pm8:45pm

Friday Night Soirées with the Alliance Française
Baguette Quartette

6:30–8:30 p.m. Music that was heard on the streets of Paris during the 1920s–’40s
Tableaux Vivants
6:00–8:30 p.m. Artists Berthe Morisot (Peggy Gyulai), Vincent van Gogh (Jeremy Sutton), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Valentine), and Paul Gauguin (Marius Starkey)
"On Track to Impressionism: How Art Derailed the Orsay Station"

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Nuits de Saint-Germain, Ballets Russes and dance class with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Poetry Series, "Samoan Art: Urban"

October 8, 2010 - 5:00pm8:45pm

Nuits de Saint-Germain
6:30–8:30 p.m. French music of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s
Ballets Russes and Alonzo King LINES Ballet
7:15–7:45 p.m. Nationally recognized choreographer Michael Velez teaches new moves in a funk fusion routine.
de Young Poetry Series with Harryette Mullen and Elizabeth Robinson
7:00–8:00 p.m. Tickets are required and can be reserved in advance. Free for members and college students; $5 non-members

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SOLD OUT: Lecture by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent

November 1, 2010 - 6:00pm7:00pm

Note: this lecture is sold out!

Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent will lecture on her book The Serpent and the Moon.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Renaissance France and peopled by the titans of European history, The Serpent and the Moon is a true story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution. At its heart is one of the world’s great love stories: the lifelong devotion of King Henri II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful aristocrat who was 18 years older than her lover.

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Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

June 11, 2011October 10, 2011

The de Young hosts an extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’s world-renowned Musée National Picasso. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations, comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist’s career.

Ticket Information 

Admission prices: adults $25, seniors 65+ $22, students with current ID $21, youths 6–17 $15, members and children 5 and under free.

Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and discounted rates. For additional information please contact the group sales office at or by calling 415.750.3620.

Tickets may also be ordered by phone:

  • Non-Member tickets: 888.901.6645
  • FAMSF Member tickets: 800.777.9996

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of the West

Major Patrons

Penny and James George Coulter
Estate of Mary Price Moffatt

Lead Patrons

The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation

Lead Education Patron

Douglas A. Tilden

Lead Sponsors

Muriel T. French Trust
Isabelle and Charles Picasso


Estate of Emmy S. Altman in memory of Ludwig Altman
Dr. N. L. Ascher
The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation
The Fortna Revocable Trust
Barbara Foster
Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
The Herbst Foundation, Inc.
Nion T. McEvoy
Estate of Henry Perin
Family gift in memory of Georgette N. Rosekrans
Estate of Daryl J. Weinroth

ChristiesHanson Bridgett

Additional support is provided by Terry and Scott Gross and Denise Hopper Fitch, Alexander R. Mehran and Venetta and John Rohal.

Media Sponors


San Francisco Examiner

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Musée National Picasso, Paris


Balenciaga and Spain

March 26, 2011July 4, 2011

Balenciaga and Spain examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, the Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large for Vogue, is guest curator.

Ticket Information 

Admission to Balenciaga and Spain is $25 adults, $22 seniors 65+, $21 students with current ID, $15 youth 6–17, and free for members and children 5 and under. There is a $5 discount for purchasing tickets in advance.

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Balenciaga and Spain is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Presenting Sponsors

Major Patrons

San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums
Christine Suppes

Lead Sponsors

Neiman Marcus

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue
Diane B. Wilsey

Left: Bolero of garnet velvet and black jet embroidery, winter 1947. Collection of The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Photograph by Craig McDean. Center: Detail of evening bolero jacket of burgundy silk velvet and jet and passementerie embroidery by Bataille, winter 1946. Collection of Hamish Bowles. Photo by Kenny Komer. Right: Scarlet silk ottoman evening coat with capelet collar, autumn/win


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