Effets de Neige
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
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.
This exhibition of views of San Francisco, drawn from the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city. Depicted and reflected here are many of the landmarks and events most associated with San Francisco over the last century and a half, among them the physical geography of the bay and the peninsula, the 1906 earthquake and fire and its aftermath, the Great Depression, the building of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and the constant making and remaking of the city and its neighborhoods.
Famous for his landmark nylon-shrouded assemblages from the 1950s and 1960s and as a leading independent post-war era filmmaker, Bruce Conner has explored painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, and printmaking throughout his remarkable 40-year career. This exhibition of nearly 150 works in all media, the first major survey of Conner's art, highlights his lifelong engagement with the physical, metaphorical, and metaphysical properties of light and dark.