Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection

February 27, 2016September 11, 2016

Bruce Davidson (American, b. 1933) is one of the most influential photographers of the last half century. Working in both color and black and white, Davidson has documented subjects ranging from the civil rights movement to the urban grit of Harlem and the New York subway system. This exhibition presents a selection of 42 photographs and celebrates important gifts of vintage prints that will be exhibited for the first time since their acquisition in 2013. 

Bruce Davidson, "Brooklyn Gang, 1959", 1959

Bruce Davidson, Brooklyn Gang, 1959, 1959. Mid-vintage gelatin silver print. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gift of Jerri Mattare. © Bruce Davidson/Howard Greenberg Gallery 

Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection

Printed Stories

January 16, 2016July 10, 2016

Printed Stories presents a selection of modern and contemporary prints from the Anderson Collection of Graphic Arts into which narratives—whether or not they were intended by the artists—might be read or construed. Through the artists’ textual and visual prompts, the exhibition encourages the viewer’s imagination to roam freely, filling in the narrative spaces suggested by the prints on view.

Saul Steinberg, "The Museum (H.C.)", 1972

Saul Steinberg, The Museum (H.C.), 1972. Color lithograph with embossing on gray paper. Printed by Zigmunds Priede and Dick Sonnen. Published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York. Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, gift of the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation, 1996.74.437. © The Saul Steinberg Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Printed Stories

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

Herbst Exhibition Galleries
July 16, 2016October 9, 2016

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West includes 99 works that reveal the artist’s engagement with the American West and its starring role in our national mythology. This exclusive exhibition has been organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and celebrates the career of one of the world’s most influential and critically acclaimed artists.



Presenting Sponsor: Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Exhibitions. Curator’s Circle: Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and The Harris Family. Supporter’s Circle: Anonymous, Mr. David Fraze and Mr. Gary Loeb, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Peggy and Richard Greenfield, and Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer. 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications and Gagosian Gallery.

Presenting Events Sponsor: Gagosian Gallery.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966. Color screenprint, 25 5/8 x 40 in. Published by Audrey Sabol, Villanova, PA. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund, 2000.131.5.1 © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West


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