de Young Museum

Space Explorations: Photographs, 1840s–2000s

September 20, 2008January 11, 2009

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.

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Sightings: The Ecology of an Art Museum A Video Installation by Shimon Attie

October 25, 2008February 8, 2009

Shimon Attie’s Sightings: The Ecology of an Art Museum is a multiple-channel, high-definition video installation that explores the relationship between works of art and museum visitors and staff. Attie’s particular interest is giving visual form to the heightened moment of mutual encounter between art viewer and art object. The exhibition is part of the museum’s Collection Connections series, which invites artists to create new work that reinterprets traditional objects from the FAMSF collections.

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In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow

November 8, 2008February 15, 2009

Al Farrow’s current body of work continues to appropriate and reinterpret the traditional iconography of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious institutions and beliefs, and their historic links to complex political, cultural, and military issues and events. The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro (2007), is Farrow’s most important work in both technical and aesthetic terms.  At first glance, this elaborate construction appears to be only a beautifully crafted scale model of a European Gothic cathedral, albeit not one that is historically identifiable.

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Warhol Live

February 14, 2009May 17, 2009

Over the course of his meteoric career, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) used the medium of music to transform himself from fan, to record album designer, to producer, to celebrity night-clubber, to rock star. Warhol Live presents the first comprehensive exploration of Warhol’s work as seen through the lens of music. This exhibition brings together a wide variety of works depicting pop music royalty, including Elvis Presley, the Velvet Underground, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones, Deborah Harry of Blondie, and Michael Jackson.

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Bouquets to Art 2009

March 17, 2009March 21, 2009

Bouquets to Art celebrates its 25th year in 2009! Bouquets to Art is the largest fundraiser held to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and one of the country’s premier floral events. In addition to the nearly 150 floral exhibitions displayed in the de Young’s galleries, the week-long event features an entertaining speakers’ programs, elegant lunches and teas, and a spectacular gala night.

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