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Third Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium

April 21, 2012 -

Featuring student research projects from Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco


Hilary Schmidt, Santa Clara University
"Mysteries of the Olmec: Offering No. 4 from La Venta"

Alicia Rocha, Dominican University of California
"From Ancient Greece to Today: Weddings as Symbol and Subject"

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From a Sidecar to a Cable Car | Live Music by the Sarah Wilson Ensemble

May 25, 2012 -

The Wild Woman of Jazz!
Live music by the Sarah Wilson Ensemble, presented in partnership with Stags' Leap Winery and Z Space

Tonight's concert features music written during Wilson's artist residency at Stags' Leap Winery with a video projection by David Szlasa.

Sarah Wilson, trumpet/vocals
Cory Wright, clarinet/tenor sax
John Schott, guitar
Michael Coleman, piano
Todd Sickafoose, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums


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Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
January 26, 2013June 2, 2013

The de Young and Girl with a Pearl Earring will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, from 9:30 am–5:15 pm.

The de Young will be the first venue in the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This jewel box of a museum, housing one of the world's most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. An extensive two-year renovation makes this extraordinary opportunity possible.

Ticket Information 

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 private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with gratitude for exceptional loans from the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Hague.

Major Patrons
Penny and James George Coulter
David Davies and Jack Weeden
Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn
J. Burgess and Elizabeth B. Jamieson
Opening Week Major Patron
Diane B. Wilsey
Major Sponsor
The Bernard Osher Foundation
The Selz Foundation, Inc.
The Richard C. von Hess Foundation
Phoebe Cowles and Robert Girard
Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton
The Netherland-America Foundation
Greta R. Pofcher
Media Sponsors
San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate.com
Community Partners
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.  The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications. Generous support is also provided by the Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums and the Mildred Antrobus Charitable Remainder Unitrust. 
Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail)

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail), c.1665. Oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm. Inv. no. 670 FRI

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
September 15, 2012December 30, 2012

A selection of major works from the William S. Paley Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be featured in an exhibition opening this fall. A pioneering figure in the modern entertainment, communication and news industries, Mr. Paley (1901–1990) was a founder of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and a dedicated philanthropist and patron of the arts. The Paley Collection, which includes paintings, sculpture and drawings, ranges in date from the late 19th century through the early 1970s.

Ticket Information 

Adults $20, seniors 65+ $17, students with current ID $16, youths 6–17 $10, members and children 5 and under free. Starting October 6, includes same day admission to the Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance.

Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.


Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Major Patron is The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund. Additional support is from the Estate of Henry Perin, Andy and Carrick McLaughlin, and Jeanne and Sanford Robertson. Media sponsor is CBS 5, KPIX-TV. Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism

Left: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906), Milk Can and Apples, 1879–80. Oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 24 inches. SPC6.1990. Right: Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), Seed of the Areoi, 1892. Oil on burlap, 36 1/4 x 28 3/8 inches.

Golden Gate's Swingin' 75th-Birthday Bash | Swing Lessons & Live Music

May 11, 2012 -

Visitors are encouraged to attend this dance extravaganza in their favorite fashions of the era.  Black-and-white attire encouraged to create an ambiance of vintage film.

6:00–6:30 p.m.
Kick off this fabulous Golden Gate Bridge birthday party with dance hostess Cynthia Glinka and her easy-as-pie dance lessons.

6:30–7:15 and 7:45-–8:30 p.m.
Live music of the era performed by The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

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Golden Gate's Swingin' 75th-Birthday Bash | Special Lecture

May 11, 2012 -

75 Years Old! The Golden Gate Bridge and the Extraordinary City it Enhances
Lecturer: Kay Payne, FAMSF docent

San Francisco and its Golden Gate Bridge are enchanting, exciting and enduring. The bridge is an iconic landmark known throughout the world, a major tourist attraction, and the first thing on every visitor’s to-do list. Although the Golden Gate Bridge is constructed of steel, concrete, wire, and rivets and weighs 800,000 tons, it is nevertheless graceful, elegant, and sleek, a beauty to behold and to cherish.

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Doing & Viewing Art

June 2, 2012 -

Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

June 2: Hills, Trees, Sky, and More: Discovering California Landscapes

Upcoming Saturday Programs:

June 9: Collaged Compositions

June 16: Wiggles, Windings, and the Wonderment of Wire

June 23: Feathered Friends

June 30: Cool Clay

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Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection

June 9, 2012September 16, 2012

Drawing upon the dynamic collection of San Francisco native Trevor Traina, this exhibition consists of approximately 100 works made by some of the pre-eminent artists working in photography this past century. While the core of the Traina collection embraces the documentary impulse in photography, it also tracks the medium’s full-blooded absorption into the world of contemporary art.




Real to Real

Left: Roe Ethridge, Thanksgiving 1984 (Green Dress), 2009. Chromogenic print. 44 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery. Right: Ryan McGinley, BMX, 2000. Chromogenic print 32 3/4 x 42 inches Courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco


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