Commissioned by the de Young Museum’s Cultural Encounters Program during Todd Brown’s July 2009 tenure as Artist-in-Residence, Invisible Passage is now back on display in the Kimball Education Gallery as part of his current Artist Fellows project. The painting, measuring 33 feet by 9.5 feet, is Brown’s largest work to date.
The second week at the Kimball was a blast with Friday night being the highlight.
For the museum, it was the perfect storm of events combining with the Orsay exhibition still going strong, permanent galleries free, and the start of the 6th year of Friday Night Fun. We had a lot of visitors so more people got to make their own totem boats and got to know about Spirit Boats.
An important part of this Kimball residency is to hold a space that invites people to travel within a safe and welcoming place. Leo designed lettering and painted the walls with directions and associated elements as per the Toltec tradition. This helps set the stage and gives people a familiar and useful reference.
I was asked a few weeks ago if I needed pedestals for my Kimball Gallery residency.
Corinne Okada Takara completed a residency in the Kimball Education Gallery two years ago. Her project, Rhythms in Space, explored the assembly of recycled materials into airy three-dimensional tapestries and wearable art, while presenting a visual footprint of diverse cultures in the Asian diaspora. She pulled various motifs from the museum collection, along with visual patterns observed in the museum's surroundings. Visitors created tapestries from these images using wire, netting, and other recycled materials.
By Kim Shuck:
In June 2010 Michael Horse, painter, actor, musician etc, was my partner in a residency at the de Young museum in San Francisco. He wanted this. He gave me a drawing... told me where the horses were to go and what colors... In most ways this is his work... aside from the hours of actually making the piece, that is. Looks pretty good I think. Not sure I would work with anyone else this way but... he's one of a kind.
For more information about Michael's work plug his name into youtube.com and hear him talk about it himself.
It began 6 years ago as a vehicle to transcend sadness on the loss of my father, Paul Ewing, when I found myself painting and doing collages I called “Spirit Boats” as a tribute to his memory. Like a stone thrown into a pond, the ripples moved outward as my work grew with personal references.
Generally the de Young’s artist studio is the home of one artist and their process. Museum patrons can engage in a specific artist’s technique and area of expertise. For the month of September, four artists of the Kearny Street Workshop (www.kearnystreet.org <http://www.kearnystreet.org> ) transform the Kimball Education Gallery. Throughout the month, one to four artists will be involving the public in their different processes.
On August 19th, I sat down with current Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Blum, to learn more about her artistic background and the connection between teaching and creating art. Ms. Blum strives to humanize the private expereince by bringing in different techniques that transform museum going into a shared technique.
(Naomi Huth currently works as an intern for the Public Programs Department at the de Young.)