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Invisible Cities: Urban Environments in Ancient Egypt

September 24, 2016 -

Ancient Egypt has been called a “civilization without cities,” a characterization echoed in the so-called “town problem” some have seen for Egyptian archaeology and history. Although cities were central and critical to Mesopotamian and Graeco-Roman civilizations, the Egyptians seem to have followed a different urban paradigm. Linguistically, the Egyptian language contains few words that can be translated as “city” or “town;” textually urbanism is rarely mentioned. By contrast, archaeologically we have numerous remains of settlements of various sizes and characteristics.

Panel Discussion: "The Mystery of the Brothers Le Nain"

Le Nain, "Three Men and a Boy", ca. 1640-1645
October 8, 2016 - 2:00pm

Active in Paris during the mid-seventeenth century, Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu Le Nain created some of the most beautiful and enigmatic works of art. They lived together, shared a studio, and worked in such an incredibly interwoven manner that, three hundred years later, the question of which brother created which painting continues to fascinate art historians.

Historic Futures: Artists Reinvent the Book

October 22, 2016February 26, 2017

The lineage of the artist’s book descends from the common impulse to use pictures to tell stories. This connection has held constant from Paleolithic cave paintings onward, through the emergence of the artist’s book as a recognized creative medium in the twentieth century. Historically, artists have used the familiar elements of the book form—paper, printing, binding—as opportunities for expression and reinvention, sometimes challenging our notion of what a book can be.

Ticket Information 

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum.

Adults $15, seniors 65+ $10, students with current ID $6, members and youth 17 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Historic Futures: Artists Reinvent the Book

El Lissitzky, page 17 in the book Dlia Golosa (For the Voice), by Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (Berlin: Gosizdat, 1923). Typographic print, 7 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. FAMSF, Gift of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, 1998.40.79.8. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artful Discoveries

Docent in the galleries with seated guests
December 29, 2016 -

Artful Discoveries is a program for individuals with early-stage dementia and their family member or care giver. Artful Discoveries is interactive and a chance to join others in looking and talking about art—no previous experience is required!  Specially trained museum docents will highlight themes, artists, and exhibitions in the galleries.


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