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
This exhibition complements the previous selection of photographs that inaugurated the photography galleries in the new de Young and was dedicated to American photography. The present exhibition surveys European photography from its beginnings in the 1840s
The founding of the New York Etching Club in 1877 formalized the late-nineteenth century phenomenon known as the “etching revival” in the United States. Historically a medium used for reproductive printmaking, by the 1870s painters were using etching to make sensitive, original works of art. Etchings, which could be made using tools found at home, became extremely popular among artists and collectors.
Armando Rascon is the final artist whose work will be displayed in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program. Exhibitions in this gallery emphasize the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely and provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.