Make a point to check out Rachael Tom’s photos over at their site.
These critters make nests out of whatever they can find. See?
See you there in the dome at the CAS!
FAMSF Textile Curator Jill D’Alessandro welcomes you:
An ikat trench coat from Oscar de La Renta’s 2005 collection – see where he got his inspiration from?
Coca-Cola Kimono, Yoshiko Wada, 1975. Cotton and silk:
Can you see the wood grain from the wooden clamp on this fabric?
All right, see you there!
To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. A truly cross-cultural presentation, the exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods, including a tie-dyed mantle from the Wari-Nasca culture of pre-Hispanic Peru (500–900 A.D.), a paste-resist Mongolian felt rug from the 15th–17th century and a group of stitch-resist dyed 20th-century kerchiefs from the Dida people of the Ivory Coast. These historical pieces are contrasted with artworks from contemporary Bay Area artists. The exhibition highlights several recent acquisitions, including important gifts such as a pair of ikat-woven, early-20th-century women’s skirts from the Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia and two exquisite hand-painted and mordant-dyed Indian trade cloths used as heirloom cloths by the Toraja peoples of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and supported by Olive and Bruce Baganz, Dr. Donald Breyer, Mary F. Connors, Dr. Guido Goldman, Harry and Diane Greenberg, Thomas Murray, Francesca Passalacqua and Don Ed Hardy, S. Peter Poullada and Nancy Sheppard, San Francisco Tribal, and Fifi White. Additional support provided by Britex Fabrics, Judith and Reed Content, Barbara and Dolph Shapiro, and Peter and Beverly Sinton.
See you there!
“Cartier came to fame as the “King of Jewelers” during the Belle Époque for his beautifully made diamond and platinum jewelry created for the courts of Europe and Americans of the Gilded Age. With an extensive variety of jewelry forms—ranging from traditional white diamond suites to the highly colored exotic creations of the 1920s and 1930s—Cartier made its mark with the ingenuity of its designs and its exquisite craftsmanship. Cartier and America celebrates the imagination and creativity of Cartier in the 20th century. The jewelry and works of art include pieces from the private collection of Cartier.
Cartier and America is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in partnership with Cartier.
Patron: Diane B. Wilsey
Major Patron: Lonna Wais
Lead Sponsor support is provided by BNP Paribas and Dr. Alan R. Malouf. Cartier Circle support is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Andrews, Jr., Mitchell Benjamin and Ricky Serbin, Mrs. Newton A. Cope, Ms. Patricia Mozart, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer, Georges C. and Eleanor C. St. Laurent, Ms. Christine Suppes, and SUSAN/The Grocery Store. Generous support is also provided by the Dorothy and Thelma Carson Trust. British Motor Cars of San Francisco presents the Jaguar XJ as the official vehicle of Cartier and America. Emirates is the official airline, and Taj Campton Place is the official hotel partner of the exhibition.
Can you see what was made from what?
Click to expand
These are shots from Nina Sazevich
And these are from Saxon Holt:
All the deets, after the jump.
Turns out that Doris Duke was heavy into orchids, she was “collector, cultivator, and preservationist” all in one. Plus, some of her pieces will be on display in the Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, the new exhibit starting this Friday, October 23rd. So why not turn the AAM into a mini Conservatory of Flowers for a little while, huh?
Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke
Tuesday, October 20 through Sunday, October 25
Main Lobby, North and South courts
FREE with museum admission
Click to expand:
“Orchids (Orchidaceae) are flowering plants commonly found in Southeast Asia and other tropical parts of the world. This is a botanic description of orchids, but for most of us orchids are the most exotic of plants with an enormous diversity of shape, size, color. Doris Duke, who collected many of the artworks presented in Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, was an avid orchid collector, cultivator, and preservationist. As an homage to Doris Duke and her passion for collecting, for the first time and for five days only, the museum will present a striking display of orchids. The display features arrangements by members of Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation, San Francisco Orchid Society, San Francisco Garden Club, Asian Art Museum Flower Committee, de Young Flower Committee; floral designers, orchid aficionados, and others.”
See you there!
The Asian Art Museum sends a reminder about how the Lords of the Samurai exhibit is heading out on September 20th. Why not get on over to Civic Center and see what the fuss is all about. (And should we look forward to a King Tut parody website chiding us about how many people died building pyramids? We Can Only Hope).
In the meantime, look at this bad ass gunpowder container from the 16th century. It was the perfect accessory for your matchlock gun that couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. But check it – metal, horn and bamboo:
Eisei Bunko Museum, #7324. Click to expand.
And let’s hear from the AAA itself:
“Don’t wait until the last minute — beat the crowds and see Samurai now! Drawn from the collection of the Hosokawafamily in Japan – a clan with a 600-year-old lineage – Lords of the Samurai features superb armor, swords, paintings, tea wares, and more. Discover how some samurai strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits. The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive U.S. venue. Click here to see what the press has been saying.”
See you there!
All right, the summer crowds are starting to dissipate, so now’s your chance to see the fantastic Lords of the Samurai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. And if you saw it already, well then come on back for the new stuff that just got put up why don’t you?
Read all about it via Kenneth Baker and SF Art Examiner Marisa Nakasone, and take a look at the pieces present at the opening of the exhibit here, here, and here at the Civic Center blog. And check out the Asian Art Museum Blog here.
Speaking of which, learn about the mystery behind a new collaborative parody website here. ( Boy, looking at that site, geez, somebody paid attention at college, huh?) “If people did research into this scandal… the woman is the culprit.”
Anyway,… God Bless the Armored Cav:
Tosei gusoku-type armor.
Unlike a certain culprit, I missed the press preview to this show, which is too bad. But I’m going to try to make it back to the AAM before Lords of the Samurai goes dark on September 20th, 2009
See you there!
“The samurai culture and code of conduct, bushido, have long captivated the imaginations and aspirations of young and old in the Western world. More than just professional warriors, Japanese samurai of the highest rank were also visionaries who strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits.
Lords of the Samurai takes an intimate look at the daimyo, or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan. The Hosokawaclan, powerful military nobles with a 600-year-old lineage, embodied this duality of fierce warrior and refined gentleman.
The exhibition features more than 160 works from the Hosokawa family collection housed in the Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo, and from Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto Municipal Museum in Kyushu. Objects on view include suits of armor, armaments (including swords and guns), formal attire, calligraphy, paintings, tea wares, lacquerware, masks, and musical instruments.
The Asian Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.”