The Month of Tut is Upon Us – A Huge June for the de Young Museum

Of course, the King Tut exhibition is coming to the de young Museum in Golden Gate Park at the end of the month, but there’s plenty of stuff going on leading up to that.

First up is Dr. Carol Redmount with her Art History Lecture: “To Tut or Not to Tut: King Tut in the Context of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty.” That’s tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM. And you can see all the rest, below.

This giant bronze tortoise has been counting the hours since 1979, patiently waiting for the return of the Tut exhibition.  

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Known as the “Navigators’ Dial“, this sundial is dedicated to three early explorers of the California coast. The dial itself is a sliced bronze globe of the earth sitting on the back of a tortoise. Overall, the globe hemisphere is about 2-1/2 feet in diameter, showing the world in relief centered on California. The flat face of the hemisphere is a beautiful vertical reclining dial.”

And now, on with the show:

JUNE PROGRAMS AT THE DE YOUNG:

Thursday 6/4/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Art History Lecture: To Tut or Not to Tut: King Tut in the Context of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, Dr. Carol Redmount, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley. Lecture admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Friday 6/5/09
de Young: Wilsey Court
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nightsat the de Young presents “Come Dance Salsa with Usin Wilsey Court,” featuring Edgardo and Candela, presented with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Museum admission is not required for most programs. Information: 415-750-7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Friday 6/5/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
7:00–8:30 pm
de Young Poetry Series presents Tobias Wolff. General admission is $5 and free for members and college students with ID. Purchase tickets at the door or at www.famsf.org. No museum admission is required. Information: 415-750-3531 or amartin@famsf.org

Saturday 6/6/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3:00 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to the textiles collection. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415-750-3658 or
elewmorris@famsf.org

Tuesday 6/9/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
8:00 pm
American Decorative Arts Forum Lecture: The Shipcarvers’ Art: Wooden Sculpture in 19th-Century America, Ralph Sessions, DC Moore Gallery, New York. Doors open at 7:15 pm for a miniature exhibition of folk art objects and images. Admission is $15 and free for ADAF members. Museum is closed; enter through garage level B1. Information: 415.249.9234 or www.adafca.org

Thursday 6/11/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Art History Lecture: Furnishing a Tomb for Tutankhamun’s Subjects, Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Ancient Art Council. Admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Friday 6/12/09
de Young
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young presents “Honor the Basket,” celebrating Native California baskets and weavers. Museum admission is not required for most programs. Information: 415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Saturday 6/13/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3:00 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to the collection of California paintings. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415.750.3658 or elewmorris@famsf.org

Saturday 6/13/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
3:00 pm
Ancient Art Council Lecture: Discovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb, by Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum. Howard Carter became a household name when he discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. This lecture examines his great success and amazing finds in the Valley of the Kings. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Docent Council. Suggested donation is $5 and free for AAC members and docents. Information: 415.750.3686 or ancientart@famsf.org

Sunday 6/14/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture: Early Transferware Pottery for the American Market, Richard K. Henrywood, author and independent ceramics specialist, England. Information: 415.752.3830 or www.patricianantiques.com/sfcc

Thursday 6/18
de Young: Koret Auditorium
1:00 pm
Art History Lecture: Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, Dr. Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art, Cleveland Museum of Art. Admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Thursday 6/18
6:30–9:30 pm
ArtPoint Engage! gallery event; venue and ticket prices TBD. Information: 415.750.3584 or artpoint@famsf.org

Friday 6/19/09
de Young
1:00–5:00 pm
Art and Power in the Central African Savanna Members-Only Preview Hours

Friday 6/19
de Young
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young presents opening night of Art and Power. In addition, Cultural Encounters Commissions artists Meklit Hadero and Todd Brown perform Nafasha Ayer. Museum admission not required for most programs. Information: 415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Friday 6/19/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
6:30 pm
Lecture: Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, Dr. Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art, Cleveland Museum of Art. Information: 415.750.3531 or amartin@famsf.org

Saturday 6/20/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Textile Arts Council Lecture: Sixth Annual Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Art: Tribal Textiles of India: Dilemma for Survival—Conserve or Diversify, Bina Rao. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for FAMSF members and students, and free to TAC members. No museum admission required. Information: 415-750-3627, tac@famsf.org or www.textileartscouncil.org

Saturday 6/20/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to animals in art. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415.750.3658 or elewmorris@famsf.org

Thursday 6/25/09
de Young
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Members-Only Preview Hours. Tickets required.

Thursday 6/25/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Art History Lecture: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, Dr. Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge, Ancient Art and Interpretation, FAMSF. Admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Friday 6/26/09
de Young
9:00 am–8:45 pm
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Members-Only Preview Hours. Tickets required.

Friday 6/26/09
de Young
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young presents music and dance, celebrating Tutankhamun
and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. Museum admission not required for most programs. Information: 415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Saturday 6/27/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3:00 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to the collection of contemporary sculpture. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415.750.3658 or elewmorris@famsf.org

More deets after the jump

EXHIBITIONS SCHEDULE

de Young Exhibitions

OPENING:
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
June 27, 2009–March 28, 2010
de Young
A new generation will have a chance to view the artifacts of Egypt’s best-known pharaoh when Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens at the de Young on June 27. This marks the first time in three decades that the treasures of King Tutankhamun will be seen in Northern California since the first record-breaking exhibition at the de Young in 1979. The exhibition includes an extensive array of more than 130 important artifacts, including 50 from the tomb of Tutankhamun, providing insight into the daily life and royal burial practices of the 18th Dynasty (1555–1305 BC), Egypt’s Golden Age. The objects include the Golden Diadem that was still around the head of Tutankhamun when Howard Carter opened the royal coffin, the gold Falcon Collar, one of several items of amuletic jewelry placed around the neck of the king, and a Royal Canopic Bust depicting Tutankhamun wearing an ancient headdress. The de Young exhibition also includes four artifacts that are new to the traveling exhibition, including an elaborate pectoral necklace that features a yellow-green carved stone of unknown origin that is thought to be millions of years old. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs runs through March 28, 2010.

Ticket Purchasing
Tickets are available now. Admission to the permanent collection of the de Young is included in your Tutankhamun ticket; outside the special exhibition, regular museum hours are in effect.

Member Tickets
Members can purchase tickets online at www.deyoungmuseum.org, by phone (800.777.9996), or on-site at the de Young. Members pay no additional fees for tickets ordered online or on-site. There is a $3 fee for tickets ordered on the phone.

Non-Member Tickets
Non-member tickets are issued through Ticketmaster. Visit www.ticketmaster.comfora direct link to the online ticketing site or call 877-TUT-TKTS (877.888.8587) to order by phone. Tickets are also available at the de Young or Legion of Honor beginning June 27. Fees apply for non-member ticket sales.

Timed-Ticket Entry
Admission to Tutankhamun requires a timed-entry ticket, which specifies a 30-minute window for entering the exhibition. Once you have entered the exhibition, you may
take as long as you like to view the exhibition, within normal exhibition hours. Please select your date and time carefully, as no refunds or exchanges will be made. Tickets cannot be reserved less than 24 hours in advance. See below for exhibition dates and times.

Hours
June 27–September 30, 2009
Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm (last ticket 7:30 pm)
Early close July 4; closed July 13, August 3, and August 31
October 1, 2009–March 28, 2010
Tuesday–Sunday 9:00 am–6:30 pm (last ticket 5:00 pm)
Friday until 8:45 pm (except 12/4/09–1/8/10)
Mondays reserved for school groups
Early close December 24 and 31
Closed November 26 and December 25

TICKET PRICES                  WEEKDAYS         WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS
                                                                              (FRI–SUN)
Members                                    $22.50                    $22.50
Member Youths 6–17               $16.50                    $16.50
Member Family Package*        $79.00                    $79.00
Adults                                         $27.50                    $32.50
Seniors (65+)                             $25.50                    $30.50
Youths 6–17                               $16.50                    $16.50
Children 5 and under                 Free                        Free
Family Package*                       $99.00                     $109.00
* Family Package includes tickets for two adults and two youths 6–17, and four audio tours. Admission to the permanent collection of the de Young is included in your Tutankhamun ticket; outside the special exhibition, regular museum hours are in effect, so please plan your visit accordingly.

OPENING:
Art and Power in the Central African Savanna
June 20–October 11, 2009
de Young
Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the de Young presents Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, June 20 to October 11, 2009.  This exhibition explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 sculptures created by artists of four Central African cultures: the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa. Carved primarily from wood, these power figures act as containers for magical organic ingredients and serve both religious and political purposes.  According to traditional beliefs, the figures mediate between the human and spirit worlds to insure a healthy birth, successful hunt, or triumph over an enemy. A fully illustrated catalogue by leading expert Constantine Petridis accompanies the exhibition. This is the exhibition’s third and final presentation before being disbanded and returned to major lending institutions and private collections in Europe and the United States.

CLOSING:
Signs: Wordplay in Photography
de Young
Through June 14
It is not surprising to find that signs appear with greater frequency in modern and contemporary photographs than in any other medium. Even before the Pop Art movement, they were admitted into the photographic frame as bold graphic elements. There they may simply provide documentary information, or they may give voice to silent pictures, though the messages that they convey in the photographic image may contradict their original purpose. Signs: Wordplay in Photography explores the myriad uses of signs in the work of a range of 20 and 21 century photographers, from Walker Evans to Lee Friedlander and Ed Ruscha. Works are drawn from the museum collection, loans from Paul Sack Photographic Trust, and loans from private collections.

Legion of Honor Exhibitions

ONGOING:
Waking Dreams: Max Klinger and the Symbolist Print
Legion of Honor
Through September 6
Drawn from the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, this exhibition highlights the dreamlike etchings of Max Klinger (1857–1920), the German Symbolist artist best known for his enigmatic portfolio A Glove (1881). In addition to his activities as a painter and sculptor, Klinger was one of the most imaginative graphic artists of the late 19th century. He was a technical virtuoso who had the ability to literally transcribe his innermost visions, the daydreams, fantasies, and nightmares of his highly creative and profoundly romantic soul.

CLOSING:
Artists and Writers: Library Fellows Publications of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1983–2000
Legion of Honor
Through June 7
The Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1982 to support book acquisitions for the museum’s library. In order to raise funds, May Castleberry, the museum’s librarian, produced a series of fine-press books with new work by artists and writers that explored the art of the book. These were published in limited editions and distributed to Library Fellows in return for their annual donations. Between 1983 and 2000, Castleberry edited 19 books for the Artists and Writers Series. These included collaborations between Vija Celmins and Czeslaw Milosz, and Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Gober. Barbara Kruger and Stephen King collaborated on one of the most commercially successful editions, My Pretty Pony (1988), based on an unpublished text about a boy who learns from his grandfather that time speeds up as you get older. Each copy was bound in stainless steel embedded with a working clock, and the book looked like a cross between an oversized children’s book and a tabloid paper, “mixing comfort and menace,” in Castleberry’s words, “as it combined seemingly opposed genres in American publishing.” This exhibition features fifteen books, most from the San Francisco collection of Sandra and Charles Hobson.

JUNE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Meklit Hadero and Todd Brown: Light, Shadow, and the Quiet Song Between
de Young, Kimball Education Gallery
June 3–27
Closing reception held on Friday, June 26, 6:00–8:30 pm. During their month long residency, Hadero and Brown fully integrate the artistic process with the physical environment of the Kimball Education Gallery in an interactive installation enhanced with musical compositions and two-dimensional art, hoping to inspire visitors to integrate art into their own home, work, and life environments.

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