San Francisco-based artist Lynn Hershman Leeson is a pioneer in new media, and her Internet-based works have won her much acclaim. For No Body Special, part of the Collection Connections program, she creates an image of a red coat from the de Young Museum’s permanent collection that is featured in performances around the city. The exhibition will exist in the galleries and on the Internet, where it will inhabit a “second life.”
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A photographer associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement, Edwin Hale Lincoln self-published an extensive photographic study of New England wildflowers, a 20-year project that culminated in 1914 with 400 plates in 8 volumes. This exhibition of nearly 50 photographs features floral subjects from the volumes entitled Lily, Violet, and Morning Glory Families and Aquatic Plants, Pink and Crowfoot Families, all from the Museums' permanent collections.
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Artist Rosanna Raymond, a New Zealand-born Pacific Islander of Samoan descent, will choose treasures from the de Young's permanent collection as reference points for investigating museum space as a place for new art and art of the past. She will develop a performance piece, involving movement, costume, sound, and workds, that will become an installation with projections and reflections that enhance her work.
For nearly two decades, New York artist Jane Hammond has been using a fixed lexicon of 276 images to create paintings and works on paper, both flat and three-dimensional, that layer prints, photocopies, and photographs with collage and handwork. Her visual vocabulary borrows from carnival costume and puppetry, instructional manuals, board games, scrapbooks, maps, and more. Jane Hammond: Paper Work presents nearly 30 large-scale works on paper, many of which are unique and culled from private collections.
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Australian artist Timothy Horn plays with sugar, scale, and the legend of Alma Spreckels in his reinterpretation of historical decorative arts from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. As part of the Collections Connections series, Horn uses the European decorative arts collections as the inspiration for three large-scale works in Timothy Horn: Bitter Suite, on view from June 14 to October 12, 2008.
Best known as a sculptor, Martin Puryear has returned in recent years to an exploration of printmaking, masterfully rendering his three-dimensional ideas into print. He uses the flexibility of the printmaking process to consider variations of his sculptural forms, and he often explores ideas by reworking plates from existing editions. A major lender to this exhibition is Paulson Press in Berkeley, where Puryear made etchings beginning in 2001.
A photograph is under no obligation to present visual proof or even visual truth. Its appearance is the product of myriad choices on the part of the photographer. The works in this exhibition explore those choices made by the photographer, including composition, layering of elements, depth of field, and focus.
Space Explorations includes works by Felice Beato, Lee Friedlander, Edward Steichen, Brassai, and Margaret Bourke-White. A number of the works on view are on loan from the Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust.