Docent Lecture: "California Creativity: Innovative Bay Area Painters," Kay Payne

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This presentation will review Surrealism and the major players

From 1929 to 1932, Man Ray and Lee Miller—two giants of European Surrealism—lived together in Paris, first as teacher and student, and later as lovers. Their mercurial relationship resulted in some of the most powerful work of each artist’s career and helped shape the course of modern art and photography. Combining rare vintage photographs, paintings, sculpture, and drawings, this exhibition tells the story of the artists’ brief but intense association and reveals the nature Through the years, artists working in the Bay Area have demonstrated innovation, imagination, and unparalleled creativity. With paintbrush and color they’ve shared their visions—by turns poetic, fanciful, jarring, romantic, or complex—all creations that have enriched the lives of many.


Join the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art; the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts; and a panel of experts for


Museum Fakes, Forgeries, and the Quest for Authenticity: A Mini-Symposium

Thursday, February 9, 2012

de Young Museum | Koret Auditorium

10:00 am–12:30 pm


$10 for the general public / $5 for museum members 

Yellow Lampshade, 1969


Oil on canvas


Museum purchase, gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy in memory of her mother, Phyllis de Young Tucker



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Lecture is free to the public. Museum admission not required. Reservations are not accepted; seating is first come, first served.

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Rebecca Crump