Joshua Margolis: de Young Artist-in-Residence: The Monsters and Robots Project: A Visual Dialogue

Jul 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (July, 2014)—The de Young will host sculpture artist, Joshua Margolis, from July 2 through August 3, 2014, as part of the museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Working to engage his audience in both the conception and creation of his ceramic works, Margolis’s process transforms two-dimensional images on paper to three-dimensional clay sculptures.

The Monsters and Robots Project: A Visual Dialogue is a series of sculpted figures created by Margolis in response to drawings submitted to the artist throughout his career, including those that he invited the public to draw and submit at the Oakland Art Murmur on the first Friday of each month. The goal of the series is to generate a nonverbal dialogue between the sculptor, the viewer and anyone who participates in the creative process. The series—which began in 2007—has provided Margolis with what he considers an “incredibly liberating and rewarding experience.”

During his residency at the de Young, visitors are invited to complete the design phase of Margolis’s artistic process, creating their own figures on paper in the Kimball Education Gallery. The artist will bring various sketches to life in three-dimensional form, uniting his sculpting skills with the contributions and creativity of visitors.

Margolis has devoted the past eight years to teaching ceramics to children and adults at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. As a member of FM Oakland Studios, he exhibits his work the first Friday evening and on every Saturday afternoon of each month.

Friday, August 1, 6–8:30 p.m. \ Artist Reception
Celebrate the artist’s residency with light refreshments in the Kimball Education Gallery.

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program. Additional support is provided by Hang Art Gallery.

Visiting \ de Young
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Open 9:30 a.m.‒5:15 p.m. Tuesdays–Sundays; open select holidays; closed most Mondays.

Admission Tickets
Admission to the Kimball Education Gallery is free. General admission tickets for the permanent collection range from $6‒$10; free first Tuesday of the month. Please visit for more information.

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was established as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad, landmark building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor was inspired by the French pavilion, a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The museum opened in 1924 in the Beaux Arts–style building designed by George Applegarth on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its holdings span four thousand years and include European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.

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