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"Ed Ruscha and the Great American West" Friday Night Tour Package

Ed Ruscha, A Particular Kind of Heaven, 1983
September 2, 2016 -

Enjoy the festivities of Friday Nights at the de Young with a pre-reserved spot on a docent-led tour of the special exhibition, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. Package includes the tour, an exhibition ticket, and a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic selection). Tours begin promptly at 7 pm. Space is limited.

Package Contents: Exhibition ticket, docent guide, tour reservation, choice of any wine, beer, or soft drink at the bar or café.

Guest Lecture: "Art and Politics", by Matt Gonzalez

September 29, 2016 -

Matt Gonzalez is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate in 2008. For over a decade, Gonzalez has been exhibiting his own art work, currently with Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. His work has been reviewed in Art LTD / West Coast Art + Design, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, NY Arts Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.

Film Screening: Danny Lyon's “Los Niños Abandonados” (The Abandoned Children)

"Joselyn, Colombia", 1975
November 25, 2016 -

An inspiring film with unforgettable imagery, Los Niños Abandonados (1975, 63 min., color, Spanish with English subtitles) was filmed by Danny Lyon in Santa Marta, Colombia. The film shows the daily rhythms of a gang of boys who live on the city’s streets. Their survival skills and errant lifestyles are in evidence as they beg for scraps to eat, wheel and deal with storekeepers and street vendors, and play together.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

April 1, 2017August 6, 2017

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is the first major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to this key figure in American modernism. Featuring approximately 75 works—spanning from the artist’s breakthrough series in the 1920s focusing on tobacco packages and household objects to the painting left on his easel at his death, in 1964—the exhibition highlights Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the visual languages of European modernism, the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, and the rhythms of jazz into colorful, complex works.

Ticket Information 

Adults $22, seniors 65+ $17, students with current ID $13, youth 6–17 $7, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Tickets not yet available.

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Stuart Davis, "The Mellow Pad", 1945–51

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945–1951. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in. (66.7 x 107 cm). Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.6. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Summer of Love

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
April 15, 2017August 20, 2017

In the mid-1960s, artists, writers, and musicians moved into San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. By 1967, during the highly publicized “Summer of Love,” the neighborhood would attract as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation. Local bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack; the San Francisco Sound found visual counterparts in the creative industries that sprang up around it.

Ticket Information 

Tickets not yet available.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, “Skeleton and Roses,” Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, September 16 & 17, Avalon Ballroom, 1966

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, “Skeleton and Roses,” Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, September 16 & 17, Avalon Ballroom, 1966. Color offset lithograph poster, 19 15/16 x 14 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. Copyright 1966, 1984, 1994. Rhino Entertainment Company. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.familydog.com

Summer of Love

Film Screening: "The Asphalt Jungle"

The Asphalt Jungle movie poster
August 19, 2016 - 7:15pm

The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 104 min) is a naturalistic film noir classic (resembling numerous B-films) of the early 1950s directed by John Huston. The realistic, documentary-like, urban crime/heist film, advertised as "A John Huston Production," is one of the first films that completely detailed how to pull off an authentic-looking heist—considered morally improper under the Motion Picture Production Code.


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