de Young Museum

Novelty and Nostalgia: American Drawings from the Rockefeller Collection

January 24, 2006April 23, 2006

In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd gave the Fine Arts Museums more than one hundred works of American art. This selection from that gift, spanning a century, reveals the breadth of their collecting and their commitment to aesthetic quality. Many of the works reveal artists’ wonder at what they conceived of as the “New World.” Even as they excitedly shared their sense of the novelty of American culture, however, artists began to romanticize the nation’s past.

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John Bankston: Locating Desire

February 25, 2006June 25, 2006

CONNECTIONS GALLERY

John Bankson is the second artist whose work is featured in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program, which was conceived to enable visitors to make connections through strong, visual experiences. By emphasizing the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely, the exhibitions in this gallery provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.

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Crown Point Press: The Art of Etching

February 25, 2006August 27, 2006

Crown Point Press’s accomplishments over 43 years as one of America’s foremost contemporary print publishers are celebrated in this exhibition of 35 prints by 16 artists, among them Chuck Close, Nathan Oliveira, Sol LeWitt, Shazia Sikander, Richard Tuttle, and Laura Owens. Crown Point specializes in etching techniques, most of which have existed for hundreds of years, and which the press has promoted as a vehicle for contemporary artistic approaches.

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From the Ground Up: American Artists of the Etching Revival

May 2, 2006September 3, 2006

The founding of the New York Etching Club in 1877 formalized the late-nineteenth century phenomenon known as the “etching revival” in the United States. Historically a medium used for reproductive printmaking, by the 1870s painters were using etching to make sensitive, original works of art. Etchings, which could be made using tools found at home, became extremely popular among artists and collectors.

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Armando Rascon: Naco Nocturnes

July 8, 2006December 31, 2006

CONNECTIONS GALLERY
Armando Rascon is the final artist whose work will be displayed in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program. Exhibitions in this gallery emphasize the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely and provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.

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The Quilts of Gee's Bend

July 15, 2006December 31, 2006

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31!

Hailed by The New York Times as "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced," the quilts of Gee's Bend make San Francisco the final stop in their widely acclaimed nationwide tour.

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