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Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

October 6, 2012February 17, 2013

This special exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of the legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993). It will showcase more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs from the dancer’s personal collection, entrusted to the Centre national du costume de scène, France, by the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, and will incorporate key loans from active ballet companies.

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Ticket Information 

Adults $20, seniors 65+ $17, students with current ID $16, youths 6–17 $10, members and children 5 and under free.

Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.

Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Centre national du costume de scène, France. 

Major Patron

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Sponsor
Fashion Group Foundation of San Francisco

Nureyev Circle
Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation

Media Sponsors
SF Weekly
KFOG

Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

Costume by Nicholas Giorgiadis for Rudolf Nureyev in the role of Prince Florimond inSleeping Beauty, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1966 (left) and costume by Ezio Frigerio and Mauro Pagaono for Rudolf Nureyev in the role of Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, London Ballet Festival, 1977 (right). Collection CNCS/Rudolf Nureyev Foundation. Photographs by Pascal François/CNCS

Sacred Images and Chiefly Works from Central Polynesia

November 30, 2011August 30, 2012

This exhibition of 20 rare works created, used and collected in the late 18th century and first decades of the 19th century in the Cook Islands, Austral Islands and the Society Islands highlights natural materials and artistic techniques used to create images of worship, sacred objects and everyday articles. One of the most compelling aspects of these works is their variety of realistic and highly abstracted figurative forms. All of the works in this exhibition have multivalent stories to reveal.

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Fan handle

Fan handle, Central Cook Islands, early 19th century, wood, 17 x 2 1/4 in.

Chuck Close and Crown Point Press: Prints and Processes

Anderson Gallery
July 7, 2012October 14, 2012

The year 2012 marks a milestone for Crown Point Press, Chuck Close and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Press, recognized for its importance as a print workshop specializing in etching, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding by Kathan Brown in 1962. Chuck Close made his first print, the landmark mezzotint Keith, at the press 10 years later in 1972, breaking artistic ground for the photo-realist artist and initiating a long relationship with the Press.

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Chuck Close "Keith"

Left: Chuck Close, Trial Proof for Keith, 1972. Mezzotint. Crown Point Press Archive, Museum purchase, Bequest of Whitney Warren, Jr. in memory of Mrs. Adolph B. Spreckels. 1991.28.98. Right: Chuck Close, Working Proof for Keith, 1972. Mezzotint. Foundation purchase, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions. 2011.1

Rembrandt’s Century

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
January 26, 2013June 2, 2013

Drawing largely from the world-renowned collection of works on paper in the Fine Arts Museums’ Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, this exhibition examines a wide range of artworks from the 17th century. Complementing the upcoming Girl with a Pearl Earring at the de Young, opening in January 2013, Rembrandt’s Century sheds light on a fascinating roster of artistic personalities, both famous and forgotten, of the late Mannerist and Baroque eras.

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Ticket Information 

Adults $25, seniors 65+ $22, students with current ID $21, youths 6–17 $15, members and children 5 and under free.

Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.

Includes admission to the Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibition, located in adjacent galleries.

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.

Rembrandt's Century

Left: Lambert Doomer (Dutch, 1624–1700), Salt Flats at Le Croisic, ca. 1671–1673. Brown ink and brown and gray washes on ledger paper mounted on cream laid paper. L12.7. Right: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Self-Portrait Drawing at a Window, 1648. Etching, drypoint and burin. 1959.40.19

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
January 26, 2013June 2, 2013

The de Young and Girl with a Pearl Earring will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, from 9:30 am–5:15 pm.

The de Young will be the first venue in the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This jewel box of a museum, housing one of the world's most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. An extensive two-year renovation makes this extraordinary opportunity possible.

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Ticket Information 

Adults $25, seniors 65+ $22, students with current ID $21, youths 6–17 $15, members and children 5 and under free.

Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with gratitude for exceptional loans from the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Hague.

Major Patrons
Penny and James George Coulter
David Davies and Jack Weeden
Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn
J. Burgess and Elizabeth B. Jamieson
 
Opening Week Major Patron
Diane B. Wilsey
 
Major Sponsor
The Bernard Osher Foundation
 
Benefactors
The Selz Foundation, Inc.
The Richard C. von Hess Foundation
 
Patrons
Phoebe Cowles and Robert Girard
 
Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton
The Netherland-America Foundation
Greta R. Pofcher
 
Media Sponsors
San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate.com
KOIT 96.5FM
 
Community Partners
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
SFMTA
 
Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.  The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications. Generous support is also provided by the Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums and the Mildred Antrobus Charitable Remainder Unitrust. 
Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail)

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail), c.1665. Oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm. Inv. no. 670 FRI

Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection

June 9, 2012September 16, 2012

Drawing upon the dynamic collection of San Francisco native Trevor Traina, this exhibition consists of approximately 100 works made by some of the pre-eminent artists working in photography this past century. While the core of the Traina collection embraces the documentary impulse in photography, it also tracks the medium’s full-blooded absorption into the world of contemporary art.

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Sotheby's

Real to Real

Left: Roe Ethridge, Thanksgiving 1984 (Green Dress), 2009. Chromogenic print. 44 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery. Right: Ryan McGinley, BMX, 2000. Chromogenic print 32 3/4 x 42 inches Courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco

Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964

March 3, 2012June 3, 2012

In the summer of 1964, San Francisco was ground zero for an historic culture clash as the site of the 28th Republican National Convention and the launch of the Beatles’ first North American tour. In the midst of the excitement, a young photographer new to the city was snapping pictures not of the politicians or musicians but of the people in the crowds and on the streets. Arthur Tress, an accomplished American photographer, made more than nine hundred negatives in San Francisco during the spring and summer of 1964—among his earliest documentary work.

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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.

Arthur Tress

Left: Untitled (Coit Tower), Center: Untitled, Right: Untitled (Powell Street); all 1964

Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler

January 14, 2012May 13, 2012

For more than 50 years, Stephen De Staebler (1933–2011) created figurative sculptures primarily from clay—a medium derived from the primordial earth.

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Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler has been organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Lead Sponsors are Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas. Sponsors are Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Beverly and Peter Lipman, Dorothy Saxe, and David and Roxanne Soward. Additional support has been provided by Lisa and Patrick Denzer. The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.

Works by Stephen De Staebler

Left: Thorax Figure, 2008. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, promised gift of the estate of Stephen De Staebler. Photo: Scott McCue, courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco. Center: Yoke Winged Man, 1994. Collection of Russ Solomon, Sacramento. Photo: Scott McCue. Right: Stephen De Staebler, Blue Face with White Stripe, 1971. Estate of Stephen De Staebler. Photo: Philip Ringler. All artwork © Estate of Stephen De Staebler.

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.

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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

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