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Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Color in Print

October 17, 2009March 8, 2010

Donald Judd was a major figure in the Minimalist art movement in the 1960s when he and others sought to create a depersonalized art in which the physical properties of space, scale, and materials were explored as phenomena of interest on their own. Judd’s use of color in three print series dating from 1988 to 1993 are on view along with a recent acquisition, Untitled (1993). Judd’s prints are compared and contrasted with prints by his peer, Sol LeWitt.


Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

June 20, 2009October 12, 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 purposes both religious and political. 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 Pedridis accompanies the exhibition.


Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

April 1, 2017August 6, 2017

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is the first major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to this key figure in American modernism. Featuring approximately 75 works—spanning from the artist’s breakthrough series in the 1920s focusing on tobacco packages and household objects to the painting left on his easel at his death, in 1964—the exhibition highlights Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the visual languages of European modernism, the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, and the rhythms of jazz into colorful, complex works.

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This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Stuart Davis, "The Mellow Pad", 1945–51

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945–1951. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in. (66.7 x 107 cm). Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.6. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Summer of Love

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
April 15, 2017August 20, 2017

In the mid-1960s, artists, writers, and musicians moved into San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. By 1967, during the highly publicized “Summer of Love,” the neighborhood would attract as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation. Local bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack; the San Francisco Sound found visual counterparts in the creative industries that sprang up around it.

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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, “Skeleton and Roses,” Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, September 16 & 17, Avalon Ballroom, 1966

Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, “Skeleton and Roses,” Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, September 16 & 17, Avalon Ballroom, 1966. Color offset lithograph poster, 19 15/16 x 14 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 1974.13.100

Summer of Love

The de Young App for Apple Watch

The de Young app is now available for Apple Watch. The app, described by CNN Money as an “invisible tour guide,” offers fascinating insights by the museum’s curators and an easily-navigable map to help you see more of the collections. Your Apple Watch will allow you to effortlessly receive notifications as you approach selected artworks on guided tours that cover diverse subjects including American paintings dating from as early as 1670 and sculptures and murals from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

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"Ed Ruscha and the Great American West" Members-Only Preview and Lounge

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966
July 15, 2016 -

Experience Ed Ruscha and the Great American West before the general public at our Member Preview Day and stay to enjoy refreshments and mingle with other members at our Member Lounge.

Member Preview Hours: 9:30 am–8:30 pm
Member Lounge in the Piazzoni Murals Room: 5:30–8:30 pm

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Artwear at the de Young

art wear
April 30, 2016 -
Celebrate Bay Area-made wearable art at the de Young in an event, now in its eighth year, with an exciting lineup of top local designers. Meet the makers and shop one-of-a-kind collections at the premier shopping event of the spring.


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