Big Crinkly, 1969
Alexander Calder (1898–1976)
Alexander Calder is best known for his hanging, mobile sculptures. His interest in movement was manifested in his early figurative wire sculptures, which have a playful, mechanical sensibility akin to wind-up toys.
Some of his subsequent abstract sculptures are operated with cranks and pulleys, but his real breakthrough came with his invention of hanging sculpture, which he called “mobiles.” Calder's mobiles consist of abstract shapes connected by wires, and they move freely with the air currents in a room.
Pierced Monolith with Colour, 1965
Damian Marker I, 1981
Moline Coupled Column, 1981
Fundamental Presence, 1981
Conversation Piece V (Three Figures), 2001
Enjoy a visit to the de Young and reserve your spot on a docent-led tour covering the museum’s rich history, its stunning architecture, and a selection of the masterpieces it holds.
Price includes the tour, a general admission ticket, and 20% off in the Museum Café.
Tours begin promptly at 2 pm. Discounts may not apply
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Spanning more than 400 years of artistic production, this exhibition includes works by many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Some, including Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490), have never before been seen in the United States. This presentation includes 55 works from the three institutions that form the National Galleries of Scotland: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Adults $20–$24, seniors 65+ $17–$20, students with current ID $16–$20, youths 6–17 $10–$14, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.
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From April 13–19, the price of your admission ticket grants you access to the annual floral exhibition Bouquets to Art, as well as all other galleries and exhibitions in the museum.
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn
Diane B. Wilsey
San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums
Ednah Root Foundation
George and Marie Hecksher
Andy and Carrick McLaughlin
Mrs. George Hopper Fitch
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
L: Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, ca. 1490. Tempera and gold on canvas. Scottish National Gallery. R: Henry Raeburn, Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch, ca.1795. Oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery
The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. Supported in part by genuus.com, the program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America.
Mother Maguey: The Gift of Life
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Friday nights until 8:45 pm
Artist Reception Friday, October 24, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments.
The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. Supported in part by Genuus.com. The program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America.