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.
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.
Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), made his first print, a lithograph, in 1960 at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in West Islip, New York. Johns has made prints continually since that time, frequently returning to ULAE but also working in lithography, screenprint, and etching at other fine art presses such as Gemini G. E.L. and Simca. This exhibition of approximately 45 prints celebrates the remarkable 45-year history of Johns's printmaking and will include Target (1960), Savarin (1977), The Seasons (1987), and Bushbaby (2004).
Shortly after the development of photography in France and England at the end of the 1830s, the medium was introduced with great fanfare and enthusiasm to the United States. Since those early days, photography has become an important creative medium in American cultural life through its application in the areas of fine art, science, and documentary projects. The de Young Museum has played an important role in the history of American photography, having hosted the historic F64 group exhibition in 1932.
The inaugural exhibition at the new de Young Museum!
In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd gave the Fine Arts Museums more than one hundred works of American art. This selection from that gift, spanning a century, reveals the breadth of their collecting and their commitment to aesthetic quality. Many of the works reveal artists’ wonder at what they conceived of as the “New World.” Even as they excitedly shared their sense of the novelty of American culture, however, artists began to romanticize the nation’s past.
John Bankson is the second artist whose work is featured in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program, which was conceived to enable visitors to make connections through strong, visual experiences. By emphasizing the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely, the exhibitions in this gallery provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.
Crown Point Press’s accomplishments over 43 years as one of America’s foremost contemporary print publishers are celebrated in this exhibition of 35 prints by 16 artists, among them Chuck Close, Nathan Oliveira, Sol LeWitt, Shazia Sikander, Richard Tuttle, and Laura Owens. Crown Point specializes in etching techniques, most of which have existed for hundreds of years, and which the press has promoted as a vehicle for contemporary artistic approaches.
Bouquets to Art 2006 will be held at the new de Young in Golden Gate Park, March 21-25, 2006. Information and reservation phone lines open January 20, 2006: 415.750.3504. Brochures with complete event information will be mailed in early January 2006
More information: www.bouquetstoart.org