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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Interventions by Fred Wilson
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Visual Arts Exhibitions at the de Young Museum
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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.
Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection
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.
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.
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.
Today's white wedding dress, a symbol of innocence, purity, and new beginnings, became a firmly established Western tradition by the late 19th century. Using rich and splendid materials as well as the incorporation of archaic fashion elements, wedding dresses not only conform to contemporary fashion, but distinguish themselves as a ritual garment set quite apart from everyday dress.