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Opening Day Celebration: "Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo"

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Jules Tavernier, Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California, 1878. Oil on canvas, 48 x 72 1/4 in. (121.9 x 183.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund, 2016, 2016.135


Join us for the public opening celebration of Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo on Saturday, December 18. This day will include family activities, a film screening, and mfom Xe (people dance) and Pomo Shake Head dance performances by Elem Pomo dancers. 

Schedule: (please check back for more details) 

 2 pm & 4 pm \ Wilsey Court: Dance performances by Elem Pomo dancers.

 3 pm \ Koret Auditorium: Film Screening + Q+A with exhibition co-presenters Robert Geary, Sherrie Smith-Ferri, and Meyo Marrufo.

About the Exhibition

Presented in collaboration with Pomo cultural leaders and curators, Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo brings together more than seventy-five artworks to tell the story of Jules Tavernier (1844–1889) and his extraordinary career and encounters with Native peoples, with a focus on his rediscovered masterwork Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878). Major works by Tavernier are presented alongside more than fifty pieces of historic and contemporary Pomo basketry and regalia. These works celebrate the enduring artistry and resiliency of the Pomo artists and cultural bearers and highlight their continued cultural presence in their homelands today.

The de Young presentation of the exhibition is co-presented by Elem Pomo cultural leader and regalia maker Robert Geary; Dry Creek Pomo scholar Sherrie Smith-Ferri, PhD; and Eastern Pomo artist and curator Meyo Marrufo with Christina Hellmich, curator in charge of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

The exhibition is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

View the exhibition film.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the exhibition webpage

Ticket Information

All programs are free and open to the public. No additional ticketing is required.

For programs inside Koret Auditorium, seating is limited and unassigned. FREE tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis an hour before the program begins in front of the Koret Auditorium. This ticket does not include admission to the museum galleries.


Lead Sponsor
Denise Littlefield Sobel
Generous Support
Barbro and Bernard Osher
Janet Barnes and Thomas W. Weisel Family
Additional support is provided by Alec and Gail Merriam
The opening celebration for the Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo exhibition is generously sponsored by Denise Littlefield Sobel

Contact Information

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