This special exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of the legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993) with more than 70 costumes and an assortment of photographs from the dancer’s personal collection, on loan from the Centre national du costume de scène, France, as well as additional loans from leading ballet companies. The Soviet-born Nureyev was a rising star in his native country before he defected in 1961. He was soon recognized worldwide as the most magnificent and charismatic dancer of his time.
Lecturer: Christina Hellmich, Curator in Charge, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, FAMSF
Christina Hellmich is Curator in Charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, FAMSF
Papa Mau—The Wayfarer (2010, 57 min.)
Directed by Na'alehu Anthony
Rudolf Nureyev was one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century, and we want to know how his life and work had an impact on you. Did you see Nureyev perform in 1971 at Zellerbach Hall? Were you lucky enough to dance with him? Or did he inspire you to become a dancer or performer?
In conjunction with Fridays Night at the de Young this week, we'd like to capture your recollections and stories about the dance icon. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., we'll have a video camera set up in the Piazzoni Murals Room to record your memories of Nureyev. Don't forget to wear your tutu!
Lecturer: Dr. Elisabeth Cameron, Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz
ArtPoint's Valentine's Gala
Wooden Shoe Be Mine?
Saturday, February 9
VIP Reception: 7–8 pm (VIP exhibition viewing 7–9 pm)
Main Event: 8 pm–Midnight
Black tie attire
Join us as we celebrate the opening of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt's Century, and raise a glass to the closing of Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the galleries, music and dancing, hors d' oeuvres and chocolate tastings, an open bar serving decadent cocktails, and a few surprises.