Javier Manrique, November Artist-in-Residence

October 31, 2012December 2, 2012

Frescomania: Bay Area and Beyond

Frescomania puts the ancient art of fresco on center stage. Inspired by the Teotihuacan wall painting exhibit at the de Young, it will bring to mind the memory of frescos the public may have seen in the past. Visitors to the gallery will see interpretations of fragments of famous wall paintings as they would look if the originals were taken from around the world and placed in the museum. Projected images will show the fresco process and an interactive element will give a sense of the nature of the medium. A visit to Frescomania will inspire the public to seek out the numerous frescos open to public view in San Francisco.

Use our interactive map featuring The Frescoes of San Francisco to take a self-guided tour of this artform throughout the city.

As part of this residency, filmmaker Ed Carapezza has produced a short documentary, "Prepping for Frescomania."  The film will be screening continuously in the gallery throughout the month.

Join the artist in the studio from October 31 to December 2, 2012, Wednesdays–Sundays 1–5 pm and Fridays (except November 30) until 8:30 pm.

Related events:

Saturday, November 3, 2 pm in the Teotihuacan murals gallery

Teotihuacan Murals: A Lasting Legacy, a talk with Lesley Bone, head objects conservator for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Why have the Teotihucan murals survived? Why do craftsmen make things to last beyond the time for which they were intended and what has made these murals endure and become iconic works at the de Young?  Lesley Bone will address these questions.  She will engage November artist-in-residence Javier Manrique by asking how the Teotihuacan craftsmen have influenced his process and philosophy.

Saturday, November 10, 3–5 pm in the Piazzoni Murals Room

Fresco Painting an Orthodox Church

A presentation showing the process of fresco painting in Orthodox Churches as practiced in the 21st century. Fr. Patrick and Fr. Moses of Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery are engaged in the painting of Saint Seraphim's Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, California, and also the Church of St. Germaine d'Auxerre and Ste. Marie Magdalene in Vézeley, France. They will show images and video clips of their work in progress, discuss the iconographic programs of the churches, and hold a question-and-answer session as part of the presentation. 

Artist reception, Friday, November 23, 6–8:30 pm in the Kimball Education Gallery

Watercolor paints for this residency are generously provided by Blick Art MaterialsFresco pigments for this residency are generously provided by Sinopia.  Framing has been generously provided by the Artisans of San Francisco.

The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums.

Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.