A fascinating guide to the iconography—symbols, attributes, and allegories—that artists have used to identify their subjects, illustrate stories, and communicate deeper meanings.
Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the US mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu.
During the Fifth Annual SOME THING Tiara Sensation Pageant, our contestants will show their talents and abilities using their artistry to woo the audience and persuade the judges to crown one of them the next Tiara Sensation of San Francisco.
SOME THING is a weekly party that allows us to explore, open, and redefine drag performance through traditional lipsynch, dance, livesinging, vaudevillian antics, and the creation of new personas (regardless of race, gender, or color).
Gillian Forrester is senior curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art and works on 18th-, 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century visual cultures of Britain and the former British Empire. Her publications include Turner’s Drawing Book: The Liber Studiorum (Tate, London, 1996) and Rebecca Salter: Into the Light of Things (Yale University Press, 2011).
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.