From sustenance to companionship, animals have played a variety of roles in our lives and inspire a range of emotions—fear, love, awe—as well as a host of symbolic associations. This exhibition draws from the vast resources of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts to produce a compelling portrait of the animal world, represented in a wide array of cultures, artistic styles, and media from about AD 1500 to the present.
Julie Charles is the associate curator of education at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Dr. Massumeh Farhad is chief curator and curator of Islamic art, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution.
David I. Owen is the Bernard and Jane Schapiro Professor of Ancient Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Curator of Tablet Collections in the Jonathan and Jeannette Rosen Ancient Near Eastern Studies Seminar and Tablet Conservation Laboratory, Cornell University.
The San Francisco Ceramic Circle presents Dutch Money, Germany Know-How, and French Taste: Sixty Years of Dutch Porcelain (1759–1814), by Jan Daniël van Dam, Independent Ceramic Scholar and former Keeper of Ceramics, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Plein Air and Picnic: view a parade of ships while celebrating the final day of Impressionists on the Water.
Featuring plein-air painting by Marius Starkey, plein-air artists from the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, and live music by Classical Revolution.
Henri Matisse visited the Bay Area just once, in 1931, before setting sail for Tahiti. However, the French master's art and legend in this region stretch back to 1906, just after the great earthquake, when the American expatriates Sarah and Michael Stein returned home from Paris to check on their properties, bringing Matisse paintings along with them in their luggage. The Steins' local presentation of the artist’s brightly colored canvases—the first of the artist's works to be seen in the United States—launched the region's longstanding passion for the Matisse and his art.
This special Veterans Day lecture features the stories of Thomas Howe Carr, a former director of the Legion of Honor and one of World War II's "monuments men," an Allied group tasked with saving art and other culturally significant items from wartime destruction.