The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Announce 2020 Exhibitions

Oct 3, 2019

Child standing in front of screens; woman with flowers in hair holding green figurine; woman sitting in orange smoke.

Ian Cheng, Installation view of BOB (Bag of Beliefs).
Nickolas Muray, Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán, 1939.
Judy Chicago, Immolation, from the series Women and Smoke, 1972.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to share a preview of exhibitions opening at the de Young and Legion of Honor museums in the spring and summer of 2020.

Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI
February 22–October 25, 2020
de Young museum

What is artificial about intelligence? What is intelligent about the artificial? As technological innovation continues to shape our identities and societies, the question of what it means to be, or remain, human has become the subject of fervent debate. Taking advantage of the de Young museum’s proximity to Silicon Valley, Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI is the first major exhibition in the US to explore the relationship between humans and intelligent machines through an artistic lens. New and recent works by an intergenerational, international group of artists—including Zach Blas, Ian Cheng, Simon Denny, Stephanie Dinkins, Forensic Architecture, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Pierre Huyghe, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Agnieszka Kurant, Lawrence Lek, Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, and Martine Syms—will be presented in the exhibition, which is on view exclusively at the de Young.
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Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
March 21–July 26, 2020
de Young museum

Frida Kahlo returns to San Francisco ninety years after her first visit to the city, in an exhibition examining how politics, gender, trauma, sexuality, and national identity influenced her diverse modes of creativity, leading to the creation of a magnetic and enduring icon. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving will paint an intimate portrait of the artist through a trove of personal items, which came to light in her lifelong home in Mexico City decades after her passing. These items, including photographs, her vibrant Tehuana costumes, and personalized braces and prosthetics from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, will be on view with paintings and drawings by the artist and photographs reflecting her singular style with works drawn from the Fine Arts Museums’ collections.
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Judy Chicago: A Retrospective
May 9–September 5, 2020
de Young museum

The Fine Arts Museums celebrate pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago with the first retrospective of her work. Spanning from her early engagement with the Californian Light and Space Movement in the 1960s to her most current body of work; a searing investigation of mortality and environmental devastation, the exhibition will include around 150 paintings, drawings, ceramic sculptures, prints and performance work, that chart the boundary-pushing path of the artist. Organized on the heels of the 40th anniversary of the first presentation of Chicago’s iconic work The Dinner Party in San Francisco, and presented in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Vote in the US, Judy Chicago: A Retrospective pays homage to an artist of exceptional foresight and consequence.
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Additional Exhibitions at the de Young

Specters of Disruption
Through November 10, 2019

Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus [infected]
Through January 5, 2020

Ana Prvački: Detour
Through January 5, 2020

Matt Mullican: Between Sign & Subject
Through January 26, 2020

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983
November 9, 2019–March 15, 2020

Bouquets to Art
June 1–7, 2020

The Turkmen Storage Bag
Through November 15, 2020

Additional Exhibitions at the Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith
October 12, 2019–February 9, 2020

Curious & Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault
November 16, 2019–March 15, 2020

Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale
Through–April 12, 2020

Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha: Mid-Century Visionaries
March 21–July 12, 2020