John Gutmann: Photographer/Collector

September 6, 2000December 31, 2000

In 1933 the promising career of the young Berlin artist John Gutmann (1905-1998), a painter and art instructor, was abruptly suspended. Realizing that there was no future for him in Germany, Gutmann sought a new beginning. A friend advised him, "Don't stay in Europe. The only country you want to go is the U.S., the only state is California, and the only city, is San Francisco."


The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks

September 23, 2000December 31, 2000

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco host the first major exhibition devoted to the life and works of Edward Hicks, a 19th-century Quaker minister and painter, whose interpretations of The Peaceable Kingdom are among the most beloved paintings in American art. Since their re-discovery in the 1930s, Hicks's deceptively simple, seemingly child-like depictions of the animal world have delighted viewers of all ages.


Great Nature: The Transcendent Landscapes of Chiura Obata

September 23, 2000December 31, 2000

The first major retrospective of Chiura Obata's work since 1977, this exhibition presents 100 of the renowned Bay Area artist's sumi-e (Japanese ink and brush paintings), large-scale scrolls, and color woodblock prints, as well as a selection of the artist's own materials, including his brushes, palette, and hand-ground pigments. Obata (1885-1975), who studied painting in Japan from the age of seven, emigrated to San Francisco in 1903, and his earliest works include firsthand renderings of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.


Elder Arts 2000

September 27, 2000October 8, 2000

Three displays of art by elders are showcased in this exhibition presented by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in cooperation with the San Francisco Bay Area Ministry to Nursing Homes (MNH), a community-based organization founded in 1985.

The triad of art displays includes the Tenth Annual Art with Elders exhibition, which features the art of 90 nursing home residents, as well as a showing of the work of prominent Bay Area artist Raymond Saunders, who has been designated by MNH as Bay Area Elder Artist of the Year.


Farewell Week at the Old de Young

December 26, 2000December 31, 2000

The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum will close the doors to its earthquake-damaged building for the last time on December 31, 2000 to make way for a new museum that will open in 2005. A series of special events planned for the week of December 26Š31 will allow the public to bid farewell to the old facility and celebrate the de Young and its role in the community. During the final week the admission fee to the de Young will be waived, and visitors will be allowed to take flash photographs.


Ready... Set... Grow! The New de Young Topping Off Ceremony

October 18, 2003

Everyone is invited to the New de Young Museum Topping Off!
The tradition of topping off began more than 1000 years ago in Scandinavia. The completion of a building's skeleton was celebrated with the placing of a tree atop the new structure.

Join the Fine Arts Museums' Trustees, Staff, and Members at Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse and celebrate the new de Young Museum with a day of performances, previews, and activities for the whole family.


Elder Arts 2005

October 15, 2005November 9, 2005

Elder Arts 2005 features approximately 100 works of art from two programs of Eldergivers, an organization that fosters positive connections between elders and the wider community. Art with Elders places professional artists in long-term care facilities to offer residents an opportunity to explore their creative abilities in weekly painting classes and also exhibits in a variety of public locations the art produced in these classes. Elder Arts Celebrations exhibits the art of alumni, faculty, and students over the age of 65 from Bay Area art schools.


Re-Classifying History: Catherine Wagner

October 15, 2005February 12, 2006

The work of Bay Area photographer Catherine Wagner will be the inaugural installation in the Connections Gallery of the new de Young. Situated at the intersection of galleries for the three primary departments of the museum, Textiles, the art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and American art, the Connections Gallery offers an ideal site to initiate exhibitions of work that reflect the dynamic and integrated nature of the new permanent installations.


Beauty, Prestige, and Power: Textiles and Costume from the Permanent Collection

October 15, 2005June 5, 2006

This exhibition inaugurates the de Young’s exciting new textile galleries in grand fashion with a look back over 110 years of the museum’s textile and costume collecting, along with a glimpse into future collecting directions. Old favorites and new surprises make up the approximately 100 objects on view, including European couture fashion, contemporary fiber art, Central Asian carpets, Indian trade cloth, textiles and costume from Africa and Indonesia, and fragments of the costly fabrics that once fueled trade along the Silk Road.



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