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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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.

Program Support

To support our mission, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer an extensive array of education and public programs for audiences of all ages that complement our special exhibitions and permanent collections. The Museums are further committed to caring for and preserving our holdings, conducting and presenting in-depth collections-based research, training and mentoring young conservators, and providing greater access to the collection for scholars, students, and the general public.

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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Reservation and Scheduling Guidelines

  • Reservations for the 2010/11 school year begin August 1.
  • Guided visits are offered October 1, 2010 to May 27, 2011.
  • Get Smart with Art guided visits are offered Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 and 10:45 am.

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  • A minimum of 8 weeks advance notice is required.

Surface Tension: Contemporary Prints from the Anderson Collection

July 30, 2011January 22, 2012

In an era of modern and postmodern art that is often concerned with expressing its essential qualities of flatness and depthlessness, some artists engaged in making prints at fine arts presses have headed in a different direction. Rather than embrace the smooth, flat finish that can be achieved through print processes like screenprinting and lithography, these artists have manipulated the dimensionality of their works on paper, literally pushing their paper surfaces to new heights.

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Ed Ruscha Dog

Edward Ruscha (American, b. 1937) Dog, 1995. Mixografia on handmade paper, 27 1/4 x 38 1/2 inches. 2000.28

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