Visitors to the de Young this winter can experience rarely seen works from the museum’s permanent collection in three exhibitions and installations.
The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, on view through June 8, 2014, celebrates the completion of the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge with a newly acquired group of photographs by Peter Stackpole (1913–1997) that document the bridge’s original construction in the 1930s. Also on view are works depicting the Bay Bridge from Stackpole’s contemporaries, as well as original studies by architect Timothy Pflueger.
Shaping Abstraction, on view through January 4, 2015, presents a selection of works by early- to mid-20th-century American abstractionists from the collections of Maurice and the late Harriet Gregg and John Weeden and the late David Davies. The works on view are among many that the Greggs, Weeden, and Davies have generously given to the Fine Arts Museums to form one of the premier collections of early American abstraction in the country.
“A book like hundred flower garden”: Walasse Ting’s 1¢ Life, on view through September 7, 2014, showcases poet and artist Walasse Ting's groundbreaking artist-illustrated book 1¢ Life, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. 1¢ Life features 62 original lithographs by 28 American and European artists—including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, and Karl Appel—created to accompany 61 poems by Ting.