Posts Tagged ‘exhibit’

Another Must-See Show at the de Young: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters From the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Here’s the full title of this sensual and opulent exhibition: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power From the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

So, it’s Hello, Vienna calling

It’s amazing how San Francisco gets all these shows at our de Young Museum.

Janos Gereben has the story:

“Vienna’s treasures now are on loan to the de Young, the only stopping place for “Masters of Venice.” As before, with Tutankhamen and French Impressionists, Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan Jr. and President Dede Wilsey have found a golden opportunity for The City to act as a temporary “storehouse” for a collection whose home is being renovated.”

Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan displays the exhibition’s weighty tome from Sylvia Ferino-Pagden Lynn Federle Orr

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This is it, this is your must-see show, it’s just one after the other:

  • Saint Sebastian (ca.1457–1459) by Andrea Mantegna, represents early Renaissance painting and is the first of three paintings on this subject by the artist.  In this work Mantegna incorporates details of ancient sculpture and architecture which organizes the pictorial space through linear perspective.
  • Four rare works by the enigmatic painter Giorgio da Castelfranco, known as Giorgione.  The Three Philosophers (ca. 1477–1510), one of the most celebrated works of the 16th century, uses an innovative integration of the figures within the spatial continuum of nature which marks a dramatic advance in the evolution of Western representation imagery. Also featured in the exhibition is his beautiful Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura)(1506) and pensive Youth with an Arrow (ca. 1508–1510).
  • More than a dozen works by Tiziano Vecellio, know as Titian, once Giorgione’s assistant, whose talent soon rivaled his master’s.  His work is synonymous with the Venetian style — lustrous pigments, sharply graduated light and shadows delineating robust forms such as his sumptuous Danaë (1560s) and the mysterious and moody Bravo (The Assassin) (ca.1515–1520).
  • The tapestry-like, shimmering and sensuously colored works by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese including the grand scaled Annointing of David (ca. 1555), and the dishonored heroine Lucretia (1528–1588), whose creamy skin and sumptuous fabrics divert the viewer’s eye from her suicide blade.

What you need to know:

Venetian paintings from this period have not been shown in the United States since 1938, and they will be shown only at the de Young.
Where: De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
When: The exhibit continues through Feb. 12. The museum is open 9:30 a.m to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. It is closed Nov. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $10-$20

But remember, this all ends February 12, 2012.

See you there!

It starts off with a big photo of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which contains one of the four big “princely collections” (along with the Louvre, the Hermitage, and the Prado)

And then, on with the show:

It’s one masterpiece after the next:

What more can you ask for?

Ever more deets, after the jump

This Weekend Only: Zenzara Couture Handbags and Jewelry Trunk Show at the de Young Museum

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

To celebrate this morning’s kickoff of the fantastic Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power at the de Young Museum, they’re having this trunk show downstairs.

Pegge Goertzen, Artist/Designer:

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All the deets:

“Zenzara to Show Fortuny Handbag Collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco – The Zenzara collection of couture handbags and jewelry is being presented at a trunk show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in conjunction with the new exhibit Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power on October 28 (members only) , 29 and 30, 2011.

The Zenzara collection of couture handbags and jewelry is being presented at a trunk show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in conjunction with the new exhibit Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power on October 28 (members only) , 29 and 30, 2011. This event follows similar, successful shows at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Zenzara Artist Pegge Goertzen collects antique European textiles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries and re-imagines them as new handbags, jewelry and pillows. She concentrates on handmade metallic gold and silver appliques, laces, woven braid, cords and fringes.

In the de Young trunk show, Goertzen will feature her line of unabashedly glamorous Fortuny handbags, conceived from her passion for the fabrics of another “Master of Venice,” legendary fabric maker Mariano Fortuny. Against this unique canvas, Goertzen has imprinted her own brand of artistry by creating handbags with faceted gemstones and pearls resulting in wearable art that is thoroughly modern.

The Wedding Collection from Zenzara highlights a group of handbags called “Poche” – a name coined by Demi Moore from the French word for pocket – along with a variety of purses and clutches in a range of colors from white to cream, with silver and gold. Created from antique handmade French laces of gleaming, metallic threads, the Poche handbags are mounted on silk velvet pockets, detailed with coiled fringes, tassels and handmade closures with antique buttons. Each bag contains an antique wedding hankie along with a detailed description of the antique materials used in the bag’s creation.

Goertzen will also show her newest line Zenzara Jewelry Collection – new cuffs, necklaces and earrings fashioned from antique woven braids, fringes and lace embellished with faceted gemstones and pearls. 
Zenzara handbags have been in the collections of Oprah, Diane Sawyer, Patti LaBelle and Demi Moore, to namedrop a few.

The de Young Museum Store will present Zenzara Friday, October 28, from 1-8:45 pm for members, Saturday, October 29 from 9:30 am to 5pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:30 to 3 pm. Meet Pegge and shop her collection throughout the opening weekend of Masters of Venice at the special exhibition store located at the lower level of the de Young. Or visit her new shop at Etsy

de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco – Golden Gate Park – 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco 415-750-3600.”

Civic Center Gets All Steamed Up for “Bali: Art Ritual Performance” at Our Asian Art Museum

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


How are you supposed to drive through this stuff?

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Anyway, read the sign on our Asian Art Museum – it says BALI, baby.

All the deets.

See you there!

“Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance” is Now Open at Our Asian Art Museum – Runs ‘Til November 2011 – Hello Bali!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance is here at our Asian Art Museum.

SF Museum Examiner Nancy Ewart considers this exhibit:

“…an intelligent, gorgeous and vibrant show of a richly textured, religious and seductive culture.”

And Jesse Hamlin says:

“The galleries are filled with wondrous objects that seduce the eye and trigger the imagination.”

Here’s a sneak peek at todays sked, and you can get info on other events for 2011 after the jump.

Opening Celebration Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:00 am–10:15 am, Purification Dance; 12:00 noon–2:00 pm: Gamelan Music FREE with museum admission. Watch Bay Area dance troupe Gadung Kasturi open special exhibition Bali with nyapuh jagat (“sweeping the world”), the ritual cleansing dance of the self and the environment necessary before an important Balinese event. Later, hear the shimmering sounds of Bay Area ensemble Gamelan Gender Wayang.

Kaz Tsuruta

O.K. then. See you there!


Conservatory of Flowers Garden Railway Fires Up Again Friday, November 19th – Celebrating 140 Years of Golden Gate Park

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Once again, it’s on, the annual Garden Railway exhibit at our Conservatory of Flowers is on.

Check it out from November 19th, 2010 through March 13th, 2011.

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And here’s a fresh shot from Nina Sazevich:

All the deets, after the jump

See you there!


The Ridiculously-Colored Paradise Tanagers of California Academy of Sciences – Best Photos Yet

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Learn all about colorful Paradise Tanagers of the rainforest exhibit of California Academy of Sciences.

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!

The de Young Museum’s New Textile Show – To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The newest show upstairs at the de Young Museum is To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color.

Learn all about this new exhibit from ArtDaily, ArtKnowledgeNews, the SF Museum Examiner, and here’s the slideshow.

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!

July 31, 2010 – January 9, 2011

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.

Credit Line 

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.

“Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames” Coming to the Main Library March 13th

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Here’s what’s coming up at your free San Francisco Public Library:

“Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames – Exhibition in the Library’s Jewett Gallery, March 13th – June 13th, 2010. San Francisco Public Library is pleased to present, Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames, an exhibition of 83 framed works by 21 of Korea’s most talented cartoonists drawn over a period of four decades, on view March 13–June 13 in the Jewett Gallery at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St.”

O.K. then.

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. Oh, wait a second, this is the cover of North Korea’s version of Animal Farm. I forget which one is the Queen Bee, is it the Dear Leader, the Great Leader? One of them, anyway. Good times:  

Cho Pyŏng-Kwon (Story) / Im Wal-Yong (Art), The Great General Mighty Wing (1994), Published in 1994 by Gold Star Children’s Press

All the deets, after the jump


At the Legion of Honor Museum – Cartier and America is Fantastic

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The latest exhibit at our Legion of Honor Museum kicked off last month, but I didn’t get a chance to see it out ’til now.

It’s fantastic.

Check out impressions and photos from 7×7, San Francisco Sentinel, San Francisco Museum Examiner Nancy Ewart, and The Richmond Blog 

Hello kitty!

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.

Sample menu for Cartier weekend brunch (PDF)

Credit Line
Cartier and America is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in partnership with Cartier.

: 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.

The Golden Gate Express Garden Show Returns to Our Conservatory of Flowers

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s back. The Golden Gate Express garden railway show is back at the at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Deets below.

Can you see what was made from what?

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GG Express image copy

These are shots from Nina Sazevich




And these are from Saxon Holt:

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The Golden Gate Express
The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular garden railway exhibit steams back into
town for the holidays
SAN FRANCISCO — All aboard The Golden Gate Express for a San Francisco
holiday experience like no other! Golden Gate Park¹s Conservatory of Flowers
brings back its enormously popular garden railway exhibition this winter
with many new features and surprises created by local garden railroad
aficionados and artists from SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.¹s Artist in
Residence program. It¹s a celebration of the city of San Francisco as a
model train, cable car, streetcar and more wend their way through a lush
landscape of dwarf plants and zip past mini versions of the city¹s landmark
buildings created entirely from recycled materials. New this year also are
some only-in-San Francisco special effects including the sounds of the city
and the twice-daily arrival of the fog. The Golden Gate Express will be on
view November 19, 2009 through April 18, 2010 and opens with a preview gala
November 18, 2009.

All the deets, after the jump.