Nature surrounds and permeates the de Young, from the lush greenery brushing its surfaces to its actual architectural design. Constructed to aesthetically complement the landscape of Golden Gate Park, the annular patterning of the building’s copper façade was designed based on pixelated images of the park tree canopy. The façade itself will oxidize over the course of its lifetime, its rust color organically transforming to shades of weathered green. The building’s copious windows offer visitors a continual awareness of the park and the natural landscape outside.

Since 1977, Julian Schnabel has captured people’s imagination with paintings that speak to his incessant appetite for sculptural physicality, material diversity, and pictorial symbolism. The exhibition, Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life, features a new body of work created for the Legion’s Court of Honor. At twenty-four by twenty-four feet each, the paintings are both monumental in scale and ephemeral in nature.

Acquiring art not only to fill gaps in our collection, but also allows us to display key works that enhance the experience of our special exhibitions. In rare circumstances, an acquisition completely transforms the institution and allows it to present aspects of art history that were not previously possible through the holdings alone.

Fans have served as accessories of fashion and objects of utility since antiquity, but reached their peak production and use in Europe in the eighteenth century. Made from and embellished by an abundance of precious materials, such as ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, enamel, and silver and gold leaf, these multifaceted objects were the result of a meticulous and laborious fabrication process.

Our education programs are reaching a larger and more diverse group of learners than ever before, both locally and internationally  through our Digital Stories. We are reaching all age groups: in addition to our new Toddler Tours, we are about to inaugurate a new gallery that takes advantage of children’s natural curiosity to engage their brains using art. For teens, we encourage activism through our annual Teens Take Action event and related programming throughout the year.

While fans were a staple of the eighteenth-century woman’s wardrobe, visitors to the exhibition Fans of the Eighteenth Century at the de Young may be surprised to learn that these accessories were also useful social tools.