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Doing & Viewing Art

August 20, 2011 -
2:00pm3:30pm

Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

August 20: The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

Upcoming Saturday programs:

August 27: Portraits with a Purpose

September 10: Exploring Abstraction

September 17:  Dish It Up! (in the Porcelain Gallery)

September 24: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

Dutch and Flemish-Inspired Painting Demonstration by Lotte Dyrhberg

August 14, 2011 -
12:00pm3:00pm
September 11, 2011 -
12:00pm3:00pm

Artist demonstration by Lotte Dyhrberg
Gallery 12
noon–3:00 p.m.

Lotte Dyhrberg is a local artist who has been active for many years both as an exhibiting painter and as a teacher for children and adult. Growing up in Denmark has given her an appreciation of how the Old Masters used light, and her own paintings are very much inspired by them. 

Japanese Prints

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892). Fujiwara no Yasimasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight (detail), 1883. Color woodcut triptych. Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. 1982.1.32a-c

The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts houses one of the largest and finest collections of Japanese prints in the western United States. Numbering over 3,000 works, it concentrates on the great period of ukiyo-e printmaking from the late eighteenth century until the end of the nineteenth century. A sizeable number of color woodcuts and woodcut-illustrated books by some of the most recognized artists of the ukiyo-e era—such as Harunobu, Utamaro, Hokusai, and Hiroshige—came to the Museums from Carlotta Mabury and Katherine Ball during the early twentieth century.

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Theater and Dance

Alexandre Golovine (Russian, 1863–1930). Stage set design for act 1 of the opera Orphée (detail), 1926. Opaque watercolor on panel. Theater and Dance Collection, gift of Mrs. Adolph B. Spreckels. T&D1962.30 

Over the years, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts has assembled a rich and varied collection of art associated with the dance and the theater. Alma de Bretteville Spreckels who, with her husband, Adolph B. Spreckels, built the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, laid the foundation for this collection. Inspired by her friendship with the innovative American dancer Loïe Fuller, whom she met in Paris in 1914, Alma Spreckels began collecting dance sculpture and drawings as well as designs for opera and ballet productions.

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WPA Prints and Drawings

Paul Clark Rockwood (American, 1895–1972). Skyline (detail), ca. 1936. Lithograph. Allocated by the Federal Art Project. L43.2.597

During the Great Depression, the federal government’s Works Progress Administration provided thousands of jobs for otherwise unemployed American artists. Projects funded by the WPA between 1933 and 1943 included the decoration of public buildings throughout the country and the establishment of graphic arts workshops in thirty-five cities, among them New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Doing & Viewing Art

July 16, 2011 -
2:00pm3:30pm

Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

July 16:  Gilding:  The Glory of Gold

Upcoming Saturday programs:

July 23:  Ancient Rainbows:  Glass Vases from the Ancient Collection

July 30:  Hands and Feet:  Figurative Explorations

August 6:  Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

August 13:  Buried Treasures from Long Ago:  Ancient Artifacts

Conservation

The conservation and care of works of art is fundamental to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s mission to provide its community and region with high quality exhibitions, programs, education and outreach. The FAMSF conservation department was founded in 1972 to support the preservation, study, and treatment of objects, paintings, paper, and textiles. The conservation department continues to be devoted to the needs of the wide-ranging collections, educational programs, and exhibitions.

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History of the Legion of Honor

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In a statement delivered to the Board of Park Commissioners on 5 January 1920, Adolph B. Spreckels declared it was the purpose of “my wife and myself to contribute to the beautification of our native city something not only beautiful in itself, but also something devoted to patriotic and useful ends: something which might be dedicated as a suitable memorial to our brave boys who gave their lives to their country in the Great War, and also lend itself, as a home of art and historical treasures, to promoting the education and culture of our citizens, and especially the rising and coming generations.”

High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay—stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. Located in Lincoln Park, this unique art museum is one of the great treasures in a city that boasts many riches. The museum’s spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the imposing French neoclassical building.

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