Contemporary artist Michael Arcega reinterprets the Oceanic collections at the de Young with Homing Pidgin, a Collection Connections exhibition. Arcega is known for sculpture and installations that revolve around language, a subject he dealt with early in his life when his family emigrated from the Philippines to California. At the de Young, he shows common Oceanic objects that have become altered after frequent interactions with Western culture. He compares this phenomenon to the pidgin languages (dialects that blend Western and Oceanic words) spoken throughout Oceania.
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Louise Nevelson's life (1899–1988) and work are a story in sculpture. The story is a weaving together and intermingling of several histories: her personal history as a woman artist, the history of Jewish migration to this country, and the history of 20th-century art, including major movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism.
Renowned Santa Fe collector Sandy Besser has assembled an extraordinary array of objects in almost every conceivable medium. This exhibition features a selection of his finest objects, drawn from three major collection areas.
This exhibition features selected masterpieces from the Fine Arts Museums' extraordinary collection of Turkmen carpets and tent trappings from Central Asia. More than 40 examples are on view in the Textile Gallery, almost all given to the Museums in the past twenty years by four major donors: H.T.
San Francisco-based artist Lynn Hershman Leeson is a pioneer in new media, and her Internet-based works have won her much acclaim. For No Body Special, part of the Collection Connections program, she creates an image of a red coat from the de Young Museum’s permanent collection that is featured in performances around the city. The exhibition will exist in the galleries and on the Internet, where it will inhabit a “second life.”
A photographer associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement, Edwin Hale Lincoln self-published an extensive photographic study of New England wildflowers, a 20-year project that culminated in 1914 with 400 plates in 8 volumes. This exhibition of nearly 50 photographs features floral subjects from the volumes entitled Lily, Violet, and Morning Glory Families and Aquatic Plants, Pink and Crowfoot Families, all from the Museums' permanent collections.
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Artist Rosanna Raymond, a New Zealand-born Pacific Islander of Samoan descent, will choose treasures from the de Young's permanent collection as reference points for investigating museum space as a place for new art and art of the past. She will develop a performance piece, involving movement, costume, sound, and workds, that will become an installation with projections and reflections that enhance her work.
For nearly two decades, New York artist Jane Hammond has been using a fixed lexicon of 276 images to create paintings and works on paper, both flat and three-dimensional, that layer prints, photocopies, and photographs with collage and handwork. Her visual vocabulary borrows from carnival costume and puppetry, instructional manuals, board games, scrapbooks, maps, and more. Jane Hammond: Paper Work presents nearly 30 large-scale works on paper, many of which are unique and culled from private collections.