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San Francisco's Old Chinatown: Photographs by Arnold Genthe

December 19, 1998March 28, 1999

This self-taught photographer created hundreds of glass-plate negatives that document the exotic sights and rich street life of Chinatown before its devastation in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Thirty of these works are shown as a group for the first time in an exhibition that unveils Genthe's early career as a pictorialist photographer, San Francisco's Chinatown during the turn-of-the-century, and the history of these illuminating photographs.

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Speaking in Tongues: A Look at the Language of Display

January 16, 1999May 2, 1999

Interventions by Fred Wilson
The internationally-exhibited New York artist Fred Wilson is renowned for his museum "interventions," often surprising and controversial additions and alterations to conventional museum displays which attempt to challenge viewers' ideas about the traditional role of the museum. Wilson's work often forces museums to reexamine their roles as "keepers of culture,"and encourages visitors to be aware of coexisting historical and cultural facts that are seldom addressed in traditional museum diplays.

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Masterworks of Theater and Dance from the Permanent Collection

May 1, 1999September 5, 1999

A Tribute to Nancy Van Norman Baer
This tribute to Fine Arts Museums Theater and Dance Curator Nancy Van Norman Baer (1944-1998) will present an overview of her career and highlight the riches of the museums' Theater and Dance Collection. Objects on display from the collection include posters, costume and stage set designs, prints, and drawings.

Also included in the exhibition are works pertaining to theater and dance from the museums' permanent collection by artists as far ranging as Degas, DŸrer, Picasso, and the Walt Disney Studio.

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Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection

November 13, 1999February 13, 2000

The development and transformation of African American artistic and racial identities are chronicled in this rich and diverse exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century African American art and archival material. This exhibition is drawn from the personal collection of David C. Driskell, renowned artist, historian, and scholar, and Distinguished University Professor of Art at the University of Maryland. Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C.

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Museum Pieces

November 20, 1999March 12, 2000

Bay Area Artists Consider the de Young
Organized by guest curator Glen Helfand, this exhibition explores the changing role of the museum in society, focusing specifically on the de Young. Museum Pieces will consist of 18 commissioned works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, photography, installation, and digital media and sound, by San Francisco Bay Area artists and collaborative teams, including David Ireland, Tom Marioni, Deborah Oropallo, and Rigo '99.

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Between the Black Desert and the Red

December 18, 1999July 23, 2000

Turkmen Carpets from The Widersperg Collection
This important collection of Central Asian carpets and textiles was donated to the Fine Arts Museums by Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg in 1997. The Wiedersperg collection consists of 82 carefully chosen Turkmen rugs, bags, and decorative hangings. Objects in the collection include outstanding examples by the major Turkmen rug-producing tribes as well as many rare examples, some of which are considered the finest of their type, and serve to create a cross-section of the Turkmen weaving tradition.

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