Arts of the Americas
The Arts of the Americas collection is comprised of a wide array of works made by indigenous artists from across the Western hemisphere. Ceramics, sculptures, and architectural remains provide a glimpse into the artistic and cultural practices of ancient peoples from Mesoamerica and the Andes. Highlights of the collection include a group of brilliantly colored mural fragments from a residential complex within the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico; containers and carvings commissioned for royal Maya feasts and ceremonies; elaborate ceramic vessels from West Mexico; and ancestral Pueblo pottery from the American Southwest.
The collection also features works made by artists from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Native Artists of Western North America celebrates the acumen, artistry, and aesthetic practices of indigenous Americans from across the West. This display is made possible by the transformative donation from the Thomas W. Weisel Family Collection, which includes masterworks by Pueblo potters, intricate textiles by Navajo weavers, and monumental carvings by artists from the Pacific Northwest; and the bequest of nearly four-hundred works from the Thomas G. Fowler Collection of Eskimo and Inuit Art.
Selections from the Art of the Americas collections are on view in de Young Galleries 1 to 4.
Lewis K. Land (1904–1987) was a remarkable collector and businessman. From his early career in India and throughout a lifetime of wide-ranging interests, collecting became, for Land, a means of solidifying his varied intellectual pursuits. Geology and mineralogy were his first passions, but as... View More
The Harald Wagner collection of Teotihuacan murals is the largest and most important outside of Mexico. The murals are remarkable for their quality, condition and iconographic breadth. Secretly removed from their site in the 1960s, they were left to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in a... View More
The Paul E. and Barbara H. Weiss Collection of Pueblo Pottery represents a significant gift of Native American art to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Over the last ten years, Paul and Barbara Weiss have traveled throughout the southwestern United States, carefully selecting outstanding... View More
Thomas G. Fowler (1943–2006) spent decades gathering a comprehensive collection of works by indigenous artists from the Arctic; he generously donated this collection to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco through a bequest. Mr. Fowler was drawn to works that exemplify yua (spirit or soul in the... View More
The Thomas W. Weisel Family Collection is an extraordinary anthology of Native American art assembled over three decades by Thom Weisel, a pioneer in the development of the tech industry in Silicon Valley and a noted collector of and advocate for Native American art. The collection includes... View More