Viewers had a wide range of emotional reactions – from exuberance, awe and pride to melancholy feelings of nostalgia – on June 18, opening day of the Northern California stop of the Obama Portraits Tour, being exhibited through Aug. 14, at San Francisco’s de Young Museum.
Alice Neel, considered one of the greatest American portraitists of the 20th century, sought to reveal the unflinching truth about her subjects – usually something they never saw in themselves. She considered herself “a collector of souls.”
As the City returns to normal routines, with SF residents back at work and in school, JFK Drive is now nearly empty on weekdays.
We have an exciting slate of virtual and on-site events this spring to complement the exhibition, which I thought might be of interest to you and your readers.
Why have a giant vase in Golden Gate Park depicting bugs attacking cherubs?
For fashion designer Patrick Kelly, it was all about the buttons – the mismatched ones adorning his signature body-conscious knit dresses and the metaphorical buttons he pushed addressing race, class and sexuality.
Artist Judy Chicago created a visual spectacle with clouds of colored smoke in front of the de Young Museum on Saturday evening, Oct. 16, 2021.
The Art of Judy Chicago
The Bay Area’s beloved floral fundraiser, Bouquets to Art, returned this June for its 37th year with fresh summer blooms to seed new life into the de Young’s permanent collection.
See selected works from the exhibit featuring artists Alexander Caldwell and Pablo Picasso at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, Feb. 27-May 23, 2021.
The Wheel is of little or no benefit to the de Young and I am disappointed to hear that staff are spending time calling in support of SkyStar, a private, for-profit vendor based in St. Louis, MO, with no transparency, and SF Parks Alliance, a private non-profit.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce the reopening of the de Young museum on Saturday, March 6, following their temporary closure under the shelter-in-place order mandated by the City of San Francisco.
… But it has been a start-and-stop year. After the elation of having the attractions open again, they recently needed to close again due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the City.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce the reopening of the de Young and Legion of Honor museums, following their temporary closure under the shelter-in-place order mandated by the City of San Francisco.
The heart of Golden Gate Park is the Music Concourse, an open-air plaza flanked by two state-of-the-art cultural institutions: the California Academy of Sciences and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. It is also the site of the beloved Japanese Tea Garden.