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Art History Lecture: "The San Francisco Art Scene: Art of the Bay in the Postwar Era," Tara Cooke McDowell, UC Berkeley

January 5, 2012 -

Museum purchase, Dr. Leland A. and Gladys K. Barber Fund and American Art Trust Fund  Tara Cooke McDowell, Doctoral Candidate, UC Berkeley 

Image: Elmer Bischoff, Yellow Lampshade, 1969. Oil on canvas. Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy in memory of her mother, Phyllis de Young Tucker



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Docent Lecture: "Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna," Jim Kohn

January 3, 2012 -

Image:  Giorgio da Castelfranco, called Giorgione, The Three Philosophers (detail), ca. 1509–1509. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna 

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La Grande Fête: The Opening Event for the Exhibition "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier"

Jean Paul Gaultier
March 23, 2012 - 8:00pm

Party with celebrated designer Jean Paul Gaultier at the opening event for the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

Blond Ambition. Gritty Glamour. Gender-Bending. La Grande Fête will be an outrageous occasion celebrating the wild and wonderful world of Monsieur Gaultier.

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Masters of Venice: A Masked Ball

February 11, 2012 - 8:00pmFebruary 12, 2012 - 12:00am

ArtPoint invites you to take part in what will undoubtedly become one of the most talked-about events of the year. To celebrate the closing days of Masters of Venice: Renaissance Paintings of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, now on view at the de Young, ArtPoint is throwing a spectacular masquerade.

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Temporary Exhibition School Programs

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

At the de Young

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free
June 20, 2015–September 20, 2015

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i 
August 29, 2015February 28, 2016

Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition
October 17, 2015January 10, 2016

Oscar de la Renta
March 5, 2016May 30, 2016

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
July 9, 2016October 9, 2016

At the Legion of Honor

High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
March 14, 2015–July 19, 2015

Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

Breguet: Art & Innovation in Watchmaking
September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
February 6, 2016May 15, 2016


Questions? Email ejennings@famsf.org or call 415.750.3522.

The Fine Arts Museums provides special exhibition programming exclusively for school groups.


Film Screening: Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation," in Conjunction with "Masters of Venice" [DATE/TIME CHANGE]

January 21, 2012 -

In conjunction with the Masters of Venice exhibition, the de Young presents one episode of the BBC's Civilisation: A Personal View, by Kenneth Clark. In this episode, "Man: The Measure of all Things," Clark visits Florence, where, he argues, European thought gained a new impetus from its rediscovery of its classical past. He also visits the palaces at Urbino and Mantua, other centers of Renaissance civilization.

1969, 50 minutes

Note: The previously scheduled screening of A Woman Like That has been cancelled.

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Escape to Rome Film Series

January 21, 2012 -

In celebration of the US debut of the Baroque masterpiece The Medusa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) at our sister museum the Legion of Honor, we travel to Rome with BBC's series Simon Schama's Power of Art. While focusing on two of the master artists of the Baroque period, Schama reveals more in depth about their biographies and iconic pieces of work. The two one hour-long episodes feature Caravaggio's David with the Head of Goliath and Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Theresa.

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