Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents Japonize Elephants and Birth of Impressionism curatorial lecture by Dr. Lynn Federle Orr

May 21, 2010 - 5:00pm8:45pm

On Friday nights the entire museum is open until 8:45 p.m. Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The cafe is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. All Friday Night programming is FREE unless otherwise noted.

Wilsey Court
6:30–7:15 and 7:45–8:30 p.m.  
Live Music by Japonize Elephants.

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Docent Tour: Photography Gallery: Photo / Synthesis

May 9, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
May 11, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
May 18, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
May 25, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
June 1, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
June 8, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
June 15, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
June 22, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
June 29, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
July 6, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
July 13, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
July 20, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
July 27, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 3, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 10, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 17, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 24, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
Photo / Synthesis highlights the dynamic trend in the field of contemporary photography of constructing collages, assemblages, and other multipart or composite photo-based projects. Dating from the 1960s to the present, the works in this exhibition transcend the limitations of traditional photography, breaking free of the conventional frame and organizing multiple photographic images into larger artistic statements.

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Symposium: "Against the Grain: California Scholars Look at Impressionism"

May 22, 2010 - 10:00am5:00pm

"Against the Grain: California Scholars Look at Impressionism” analyzes and celebrates the contribution of California universities to the study of 19th- and 20th-century painting, including French Impressionism. Since World War II, major graduate programs in art history have been created at most of the great public and private universities in California, making the state one of the most important intellectual centers in the world for art history of the modern era.

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Docent Tour: In Pursuit of Excellence—American Decorative Arts

July 15, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
July 20, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
July 27, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 3, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 10, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 17, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 24, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
August 31, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
September 7, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
September 14, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
September 21, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
September 28, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
October 5, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
October 12, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
October 19, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
October 26, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
November 2, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
November 9, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
November 16, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
November 23, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
November 30, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
December 7, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
December 14, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
December 21, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
December 28, 2010 - 12:30pm1:20pm
January 4, 2011 - 12:30pm1:20pm
January 11, 2011 - 12:30pm1:20pm
January 18, 2011 - 12:30pm1:20pm
January 25, 2011 - 12:30pm1:20pm

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Gerhard Richter: Strontium, 2005


German artist Gerhard Richter has created Strontium, a large-scale mural for the new de Young derived from digitally-manipulated photographs, that together form a geometric black and white motif representing the atomic structure of strontium titanate, a synthetic substance often used to create artificial diamonds. The monumental piece is constructed of 130 digital prints, each one measuring 27-1/2-x 37-1/4 inches, mounted on aluminum with plexiglass coating. It spans a total of 31 x 29.86 feet and is installed in Wilsey Court, the de Young's central public gathering space.

About the Artist Studio Program

Applying to the Program

To apply to be an Artist-in-Residence, please send the following items:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume, education background, teaching experience, awards, gallery showings and/or exhibitions, etc.
  • Photographs or digital images of work
  • A detailed proposal of plans for a residency and description of process
  • Description of possible interactive projects for the public

Send to: Renee Baldocchi
Coordinator of Public Programs
de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

The next round of applications are due by October 1, 2014 for selection in 2015 and 2016.  Artists under consideration will be contacted for an interview. Letters of acceptance and non-acceptance will be sent after the review process.

Bringing working artists into the museum setting, giving the community access to the artistic process

What is the Artist Studio/Demonstration Program?

This program enables museum visitors to meet artists and gives artists an opportunity to work with the public. By watching an artist work, talking with an artist, and engaging in art-making activities, visitors will learn more about various techniques and processes, thus gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for the art on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


August Artist-in-Residence: Alexandra Blum

August Artist-in-Residence: Alexandra Blum
August 4, 2010August 29, 2010

Silhouettes and Conversations: Articulating a Communal Vision

Alexandra Blum will trace silhouettes of visitors while listening to and recording their descriptions of artworks that are particularly meaningful to them in the permanent collection of the de Young. These silhouettes and the narrated descriptions of the work will form the basis of a mixed-media studio project consisting of drawing, silkscreen, collage, and paint.

Artist Program 

The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.

June Artists-in-Residence: Michael Horse and Kim Shuck

June Artists-in-Residence: Michael Horse and Kim Shuck
June 2, 2010June 27, 2010

Over and Out Past the Lines: The Arts of Michael Horse and Kim Shuck

Beadwork, ledger art, and poetry are all social art forms, and all of them catalogue and describe the eras in which they are created. Michael and Kim intend to bring their voices and their communities into the Kimball Gallery and into an intense dialogue with one other and with the guests, structures, and collected works of the de Young Museum. Both artists actively seek reverence and irreverence in their process.

Artist Program 

The Paul E. & Barbara H. Weiss Collection of Pueblo Pottery

Storage jar (olla), ca. 1890–1910. New Mexico, Acoma Pueblo. Earthenware, pigment. 2007.75.1

The Paul E. and Barbara H. Weiss Collection of Pueblo Pottery represents a significant gift of Native American art to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Over the last ten years, Paul and Barbara Weiss have traveled throughout the southwestern United States, carefully selecting outstanding examples of pottery, the oldest of which come from the venerated pueblos of Acoma, San Ildefonso, and Hopi. The collection also includes contemporary pieces made by some of today’s most prominent potters from pueblos with longstanding traditions of excellence in pottery making.

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