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August Artist-in-Residence: Peggy Gyulai

July 31, 2013September 1, 2013

The Art of Painting Music: Allegro (ma non troppo)

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1:00–5:00 p.m., plus Fridays 6-8:45 p.m.

Gyulai's work explores the connections between music and the expressive possibilities of paint on canvas. She listens and looks at music as a subject, object, inspiration and–like Diebenkorn–invokes the dynamic tension between the poles of abstraction and representation, creating substance from the most ephemeral phenomena.

During her de Young residency, Peggy will paint large canvases which fuse motion and emotion with sweeping rhythms and seductive color harmonies. Classical, jazz and contemporary music will each have a role during five different theme weeks, from well-known classics to a new work for electroacoustic chamber ensemble, composed by violinist Gloria Justen (a world premiere performance). Throughout the month, musical miniatures in the classical tradition of the “etude” will also serve as inspiration for a series of small paintings. Sunday afternoons are “The Swing Shift”, featuring the sounds of classic Big Band dance music.

Visitors will learn about how Peggy works, her methods for how to listen actively to a piece of music in order to understand and express some of its essence in a painting, and can try their hand at creating their own music-inspired artwork.

Week One: Reflections: Debussy, Bill Evans and Satie

Week Two: Night: Stella, Whitacre, Adams and Chopin Week

Three: Bartok and Justen I

Week Four: Bartok and Justen II

Week Five: Orchestra: Elgar, Debussy

Peggy Gyulai's studio is located in the Mission district of San Francisco. Gyulai has collaborated with major orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and The Music Institute of Chicago. Her paintings and commissioned works are in more than 84 private and corporate collections in the US and Europe. She has had many solo exhibitions and was previously Artist-in-Residence at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Friday, August 23, 6-8:45 pm | Artist Reception
Celebrate the artist's residency with light refreshments in the Kimball education Gallery.


The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. Supported in part by