Docent Lecture: "Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition", by Ellen Harden
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Jules Guérin, Panoramic View of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1913. Watercolor and opaque watercolor over graphite on paper. Collection of the Exploratorium, San Francisco
2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. The grand exposition covered 76 city blocks and boasted national and international pavilions showcasing innovation, industry, and the arts. At the heart of the PPIE was one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever presented in the United States, encompassing more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, in addition to a significant array of public murals and monuments. To mark this anniversary, Jewel City revisits this vital moment in the inauguration of San Francisco as the West Coast’s cultural epicenter. The landmark exhibition at the de Young reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event.
Free after museum admission. No reservations required.