What does an artist have to do to get his or her work hung in a museum space and deemed a "masterpiece"? In addition to possessing talent and training for many years, an artist needs inspiration, materials, their own methodology, patrons, and good timing. This lecture traces the trajectory of Western paintings from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from their creators' studios to becoming favorite works displayed in the de Young and Legion of Honor.
Spanning more than 400 years of artistic production, works in this exhibition include many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. See this rare presentation of masterpieces of Western art from the National Galleries of Scotland, some of which have never been exhibited in San Francisco.
Twentieth-century modern artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse borrowed from non-Western sources to create their work, finding inspiration for design, composition, and color in the art of African and Oceanic cultures. The work of artists Paul Klee, George Grosz, Henry Moore, and many others in the Fine Arts Museums' collections will be discussed alongside their inspirations.
This selection of sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa pays homage to the figure in African art. Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture brings together 120 pieces from a private collection, composed of classic and iconic sculptures as well as more unusual examples that challenge commonly held assumptions about African art.
Thank you for supporting your students’ visit to the exhibition Keith Haring: The Political Line, on view at the de Young through February 16, 2015. This exhibition marks the first major Keith Haring show on the West Coast in nearly two decades. The Political Line features more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings (on tarpaulins and canvases), sculptures, and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works.
KEITH HARING: DRAWING A POLITICAL LINE FOR THE PUBLIC
In this two-part lesson, students will explore the iconic style that artist and activist Keith Haring employed to challenge public perceptions of art and the role of an artist in society.
Untitled (Subway Drawing), 1984
KEITH HARING AND THE POLITICAL LINE: AN INTRODUCTION TO ACTIVISM IN ART
In this two-part lesson (consisting of two sixty-minute meetings), students will explore the role of semiotics in art. Specifically, students will explore Keith Haring's use of symbols in his drawings and paintings to communicate his political views to his audience.
In celebration of the opening of special exhibition Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture, de Young teaching artists offer exhibition-themed art-making activities in Wilsey Court from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Artists encourage everyone of all ages to participate and tap into their creativity.
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Village Rhythms Ensemble will perform African rhythms and music for the opening of the special exhibition Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture. Village Rhythms Ensemble is a spirited group that brings the joy and soul of Africa abroad. The ensemble repertoires consist of unique African music, dance, and drumming from cross-cultural diasporas.