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Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks

October 8, 2011February 26, 2012

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American, 1925–1972) is not one of the most familiar names in photographic history, but his impact on the field, belatedly recognized, is significant. An optician in Lexington, Kentucky, Meatyard sustained a lifelong interest in visual perception. Well read and deeply connected to a circle of poets and philosophers, he made photographs rich in literary allusion. In his last decade, Meatyard kept returning to the tropes of dolls and masks, often photographing his children posed in abandoned houses and landscapes in the environs of his home.


The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Pritzker Fund for Photography.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

L: Untitled, ca. 1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.3. C: Untitled, ca. 1960–1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.1. R: Untitled, ca. 1961, gelatin silver print, gift of Christopher and Diane Meatyard, 2011.6.1. © The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
March 24, 2012August 19, 2012

Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway.


The Exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. JoliCoeur International is the official supplier of mannequins for the exhibition.

Lead Sponsor



Suzy Kellems Dominik
Yurie and Carl Pascarella
Christine Suppes

Supporting Sponsors

Academy of Art University, Dr. Elisa Stephens, President
Beauté Prestige International
Paula and Bandel Carano
Lisa and Douglas Goldman
Emma and Fred Goltz
Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue
Mary Beth and David Shimmon
Lonna Wais
Diane B. Wilsey

Couture Circle

Ramune Ambrozaitis
Rosemary Baker
Sloan and Roger Barnett
Anne Waterman Bassin and Darin Bassin
Richard Beleson and Skye Drynan
Mr. Riccardo Benavides
Joy Venturini Bianchi
Carol and Shelby Bonnie
Barbara Brown
Victoire and Owsley Brown
Lorna Meyer Calas
Dr. Carolyn Chang
Juliet de Baubigny
Susan Dunlevy
Milbourne Finley and Thomas Mowery
Richard Fullerton and Elizabeth Pang Fullerton
Vanessa Getty
Angelique Griepp
Lucy and William Hamilton
Katherine Harbin
Laure Fullerton Headrick and Chris C. Headrick
Beth Izmirian
Roxanne and Michael Klein
Mr. and Mrs. Garland M. Lasater III
Carson and Suzanne Levit
Amanda Michael and Michael Harrington
Ann Ferrell and Steve Millham
Dennis M. Myatt III
Deepa Pakianathan
Carol Parker
Stephanie Petit
O. J. and Gary Shansby
T. Peter Thomas and Jacqueline Stewart
Pasha and Laney Thornton 
Becca Cason Thrash 
Dorothy Torresi
Trevor and Alexis Traina
Gwynned Vitello
Elizabeth W. Vobach
Summer Tompkins Walker
Mrs. Julienne Weston and Mr. T. Kevin Coker
Lisa and James Zanze

Hotel Partner

The Fairmont San Francisco

Media Sponsor

San Francisco Magazine

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Left: Paolo Roversi, Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992. Barbès collection. Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985. Digital print © Paolo Roversi. Center: Jean Paul Gaultier. Fishnet tights, Parisiennes collection, haute couture fall/winter 2010-2011© Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier. Right: Photo by Jerry Pigeon (Studio JPG)

de Young K–12th Grade Reservation Request

Reservations for the 2016/2017 school year begin July 15, 2016. Requests are processed in the order received.

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  • Guided tours are for 4th-12th grades and Self Guided tours are K-12th grades.
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Surface Tension: Contemporary Prints from the Anderson Collection

July 30, 2011January 22, 2012

In an era of modern and postmodern art that is often concerned with expressing its essential qualities of flatness and depthlessness, some artists engaged in making prints at fine arts presses have headed in a different direction. Rather than embrace the smooth, flat finish that can be achieved through print processes like screenprinting and lithography, these artists have manipulated the dimensionality of their works on paper, literally pushing their paper surfaces to new heights.

Ed Ruscha Dog

Edward Ruscha (American, b. 1937) Dog, 1995. Mixografia on handmade paper, 27 1/4 x 38 1/2 inches. 2000.28

The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection

September 10, 2011July 29, 2012


Major Sponsors

Francesca Passalacqua and D. E. Hardy
Turkish Cultural Foundation—Natural Dye Research and Development Laboratory

Lead Sponsors

George Hecksher
S. Peter Poullada and Nancy Sheppard
San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society


Bruce P. and Olive W. Baganz
Board of the Textile Arts Council
Dr. Donald Breyer
Mary F. Connors
Levon Der Bedrossian
Thomas Murray Asiatica—Ethnographica
Yvette Rogers

Support for the exhibition is also provided by the H. McCoy Jones Trust.


Kilim, 18th century, Turkey, Anatolia. Wool, cotton; slit tapestry weave. 56  x 138  inches. The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection. Gift of Caroline McCoy-Jones


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