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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.

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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.

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Member for a Day

Member for a Day
February 12, 2017 -
9:30am5:15pm

Begin the new year with inspiration abound. We welcome members of the following Bay Area institutions to discover the de Young and Legion of Honor with free general admission for a day.

de Young and Legion of Honor Members can also enjoy this day at our partner institutions around town:

Asian Art Museum
BAMPFA
Contemporary
Jewish Museum
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
SFMOMA
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Walt Disney Family Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Members-Only 20%-Off Sale

de Young Museum Store
November 4, 2016 (All day)November 6, 2016 (All day)

FAMSF members receive 20% off regularly priced items at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores for three days only: Friday, November 4–Sunday, November 6, 2016. Shop with your discount in store and online at shop.famsf.org.

All purchases support the collections and exhibitions of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
April 8, 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. Presenting Sponsor: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn. Patron’s Circle: Edith and Joseph O. Tobin II.

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. Copyright 1966, 1984, 1994. Rhino Entertainment Company. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.familydog.com

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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