Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson

February 9, 2013June 16, 2013

This exhibition presents the photographs of Kael Alford (American, b. 1971) and Thorne Anderson (American, b. 1966), two American-trained photo journalists who documented the impact and aftermath of the US-led allied invasion of Iraq in 2003. They made these photographs during a two-year span that began in the months leading up to the allied invasion in spring 2003 and covers the emergence of the armed militias that challenged the allied forces and later the new central Iraqi government.

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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and draws upon works generously loaned by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Eye Level in Iraq

Thorne Anderson, Thawra, Baghdad, Iraq, April 18, 2003. Digital inkjet print. High Museum of Art, Atlanta. © Thorne Anderson

Crown Point Press at 50

Anderson Gallery of Graphic Art
October 20, 2012February 17, 2013

Crown Point Press at 50 marks the press’s 50th anniversary and features prints by 15 internationally renowned artists made at the press over the course of five decades. Some, such as Robert Bechtle and Wayne Thiebaud, have returned to the press throughout their careers; others, including Darren Almond, Chris Ofili, and Kiki Smith, are more recent additions to the roster. All share an enthusiasm for expanding their artistic practice by making prints.

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Crown Point at 50

L: Wayne Thiebaud, Tide Figures, 2006. Color drypoint with hardground etching printed on gampi paper chine collé. Crown Point Press Archive, gift of Crown Point Press. Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. R:  Robert Bechtle, Three Houses on Pennsylvania Avenue, 2011. Color soft-ground etching with aquatint. Published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco. Collection of Crown Point Press

Reflections: Celebrating 50 Years of the Studio Glass Movement

October 20, 2012January 27, 2013

To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the studio glass movement, the Fine Arts Museums will present a small-focus exhibition of works by some of the medium’s pioneering artists, drawn from the collection of George and Dorothy Saxe and installed along the corridor adjacent to the Saxe Gallery for contemporary craft arts. To show both the artists’ personal evolutions and the evolution of the movement, the six-case installation will display an early and a late work each by Harvey Littleton, Dominick Labino, Dale Chihuly, William Morris, Thomas Patti, and Mark Peiser.

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Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Reflections

L: Harvey K. Littleton, 300 Rotated Elipsoid, 1980. Blown glass. FAMSF, partial gift of Dorothy and George Saxe to the Fine Arts Museums Foundation. R: Dominick Labino, Emergence in Polychrome, 1981. Blown glass. Partial gift of Dorothy and George Saxe to the Fine Arts Museums Foundation

Contemporary Ömie Bark Cloth

September 15, 2012January 6, 2013

Boldly patterned with graphic designs, the bark cloth that is made by Ömie women in the Oro province of Papua New Guinea expresses a great diversity of abstracted elements from the natural world. The painted cloths can relay creation stories or represent tattoo patterns that were once important to initiation ceremonies. The making of contemporary bark cloth in the Ömie territory is the exclusive creative and spiritual domain of 71 women artists. The cloth is crafted only by female chiefs and only within the community’s territory.

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Support for this exhibition comes from The Christensen Fund

Ömie Bark Cloth

Aspesa Gadai, Odunaige (Climbing vine with thorns and tendrils) 2006. Jiapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. Natural pigments nioge(barkcloth). 176.0 x 76.0 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased NGV Foundation, 2008 (2008.73). © The artist, courtesy Ömie Nemiss Incorporated

This World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon

September 29, 2012January 27, 2013

This exhibition of more than 60 photographs and photographic montages from 1962 to the present traces the fascinating and wide-ranging career of Danny Lyon.  A leading and explosive figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon distinguished himself from his peers through his direct engagement with his subjects and his concern for those on the margins of society.

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The exhibition is organized by the Menil Collection, Houston. Its presentation in San Francisco is generously supported by the Pritzker Fund for Photography.

Danny Lyon Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, 1966

Danny Lyon (American, b. 1942), Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, 1966. Gelatin silver print. The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Kenneth G. Futter. Photograph © 2012 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Courtesy of the Edwynn Houk Gallery and dektol.wordpress.com

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.

Press Release 

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

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