Plant Kingdoms: The Photography of Charles Jones

September 19, 1998December 6, 1998

The elegant vision of British still-life photographer Charles Jones (1866Š1959), whose work was only recently discovered, is finally shared with audiences through this exhibition of 59 gold-toned gelatin silver prints. A gardner by trade, Jones was at heart an artist and created an impressive body of work comprising of images of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. While his numerous photographs uncover both Jones's appreciation for nature and his artistic style, which exhibits elements of modernism, very little is known about his life or work.


A Feast for the Eye: Food in Art

September 26, 1998December 13, 1998

A lively and engaging exhibition of art in all media, A Feast for the Eye celebrates and explores the vast subject of food. Still lifes, genre scenes, cartoons, photographs, and decorative arts illustrate both the serious and the humorous sides of food as a symbol of wealth, power, and status, as well as the powerlessness engendered by the lack of food.


San Francisco's Old Chinatown: Photographs by Arnold Genthe

December 19, 1998March 28, 1999

This self-taught photographer created hundreds of glass-plate negatives that document the exotic sights and rich street life of Chinatown before its devastation in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Thirty of these works are shown as a group for the first time in an exhibition that unveils Genthe's early career as a pictorialist photographer, San Francisco's Chinatown during the turn-of-the-century, and the history of these illuminating photographs.


Speaking in Tongues: A Look at the Language of Display

January 16, 1999May 2, 1999

Interventions by Fred Wilson
The internationally-exhibited New York artist Fred Wilson is renowned for his museum "interventions," often surprising and controversial additions and alterations to conventional museum displays which attempt to challenge viewers' ideas about the traditional role of the museum. Wilson's work often forces museums to reexamine their roles as "keepers of culture,"and encourages visitors to be aware of coexisting historical and cultural facts that are seldom addressed in traditional museum diplays.


Out of Bounds

January 30, 1999May 2, 1999

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Visual Arts Exhibitions at the de Young Museum


Impressionists in Winter

January 31, 1999May 2, 1999

Effets de Neige


Masterworks of Theater and Dance from the Permanent Collection

May 1, 1999September 5, 1999

A Tribute to Nancy Van Norman Baer
This tribute to Fine Arts Museums Theater and Dance Curator Nancy Van Norman Baer (1944-1998) will present an overview of her career and highlight the riches of the museums' Theater and Dance Collection. Objects on display from the collection include posters, costume and stage set designs, prints, and drawings.

Also included in the exhibition are works pertaining to theater and dance from the museums' permanent collection by artists as far ranging as Degas, DŸrer, Picasso, and the Walt Disney Studio.


The Art of Craft

June 26, 1999October 17, 1999

Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection


Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection

November 13, 1999February 13, 2000

Contemporary Fiber and Art to Wear: Recent Acquisitions

November 15, 1999November 28, 1999




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