Classically-trained violist Christen Lien performs original compositions on viola that are a beautiful and dark fusion of East and West musical traditions, with classical and postmodern influences, and acoustic and electronic sounds. Using guitar effect processors and multiple looping pedals as her tools, Lien performs dynamic and emotive concerts as she constructs compositions layer by layer for her audiences, creating hybrid music and expressive performance art.
Presented in collaboration with the Dedalus Foundation in New York and mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist’s birth, the exhibition Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell’s Elegies in Bay Area Collections will present thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991) from his seminal series Elegies to the Spanish Republic, and will be on view at the de Young Museum from September 5, 2015–March 6,
Artist Marius Starkey will paint en plein air inspired by the works of J.M.W. Turner in the de Young's Osher Sculpture Garden.
Marius Starkey responds to the sublime beauty of the light, sky, and trees surrounding the garden using a variety of canvases. Visitors are welcome to draw alongside Marius while the sun sets or the fog drifts in.
Work with Bay Area educators to learn how key middle-school math concepts align with ideas illustrated by works of art in the de Young’s collections. The program will include specific lesson plans and strategies for touring the galleries as self-guided groups. Lessons developed in partnership with the Fusion Project. Space limited to 14 teachers. Deposit required.
Back by popular demand, learn how to build creative writing skills for students in the 3rd–5th grades by using artworks as inspirations for developing characters, story arcs, and dialogue. Offered in collaboration with StageWrite.
Jewel City reassembles more than 200 works of art that were displayed at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs. The centennial celebration of this world’s fair, which showcased innovations, industries, and the arts, features examples illustrating the era’s range of artistic styles and movements.
Philip Yenawine, former director of education at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and coauthor of the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) curriculum, will explore the connections between VTS and the Common Core standards for English language arts. Through guided discussions, Yenawine will demonstrate how VTS can, in alignment with the Common Core, produce growth in students’ critical thinking. After the program, he will sign copies of his latest book, Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art to Deepen Learning Across Disciplines.
Enjoy free entry to the special exhibition Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition.