René Bouché: Letters from Post-War Paris

July 14, 2012October 14, 2012

In 1940, art director and fashion illustrator René Bouché (1905-1963) left war-torn Paris for New York and became a regular contributor to Vogue magazine. In 1945, Vogue commissioned Bouché, who was an art director and fashion illustrator in Paris before World War II, to cover the first post-war couture shows in Paris. The trip to Europe was traumatic for the artist, who discovered a people struggling to regain normalcy after the war.

René Bouché

L: René Robert Bouché, “La Parisienne,” from The Morning After, Paris, 1945. Pen, ink, and color wash. Gift of Denise B. Fitch in memory of my late husband, René Robert Bouché (1905–1963). 2010.61.2.13. R: René Robert Bouché, "5 o'clock beer—cherchez la femme, never mind where and how" from The Morning After, Paris, 1945. Pen, ink and color wash on paper  Gift of Denise B. Fitch in memory of my late husband, René Robert Bouché (1905–1963). 2010.61.2.15

Marcel Duchamp: The Book and the Box

Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books
July 14, 2012November 11, 2012

The rarely seen Boîte en Valise (1941) and Sur Marcel Duchamp (1959) take center stage in this small-focus exhibition featuring seven artworks by Marcel Duchamp (1877–1968) that refuse to conform to traditional bibliographic structure, hovering between book, objet d’art, and sculpture. The Boîte for example is a leather suitcase that contains miniature replicas, photographs, and color reproductions of Duchamp’s other works.

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp, Self-Portrait in Profile, from Sur Marcel Duchamp/Eau et gaz à tous les étages by Robert Lebel (Paris: Editions Trianon, 1959). Torn-paper collage. Museum Purchase, Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated books, Reva and David Logan Fund. 2001.19.3

Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal

July 28, 2012June 23, 2013

Plato considered both art and athletics to be gifts from the gods, and the connection between art and sports in ancient Greece can be viewed as an aspect of its religious beliefs as well as its competitive spirit. Every fourth year for a thousand years, from 776 BC to AD 395, the pageantry of the Olympic festival attracted citizens from all over the Greek world. The Games at Olympia were held in honor of Zeus, and a visit to these competitions was also a pilgrimage.



Support for the exhibition is provided by Richard Beleson in memory of the 1972 Israeli Olympic Team.

Red-figure Kylix (detail). Greek, Athens, 440−430 bc. Painter of London E 777 Painter. Terracotta. Interior: Two athletes. Exterior: Athletes conversing. Gift of the Queen of Greece through Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. 1925.346.16

Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism

July 14, 2012October 14, 2012

Man Ray |Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism consists of approximately 115 photographs, paintings, drawings and manuscripts that explore the creative interaction between Man Ray and Lee Miller, two giants of European Surrealism. This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the pair’s artistic relationship. It also includes selected works by artists in Ray and Miller’s circle in Paris, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Roland Penrose, Dora Maar, and a small sculpture by Alexander Calder.

Ticket Information: 

Adults $15; seniors 65+ $12; youths 13–17 and students with current ID $11; free for members and children 12 and under.


Man Ray|Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. 

Observatory Time—The Lovers

Man Ray (1890–1976). A l’heure de l’observatoire—les amoureux (Observatory Time—The Lovers), c. 1931; color photograph, 1964, after the original oil painting. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. © 2011 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo © The Israel Museum by Avshalom Avital

Bernini's Medusa

November 17, 2011March 4, 2012

Musei Capitolini in Rome are lending San Francisco one of their greatest treasures, the remarkable Baroque masterpiece The Medusa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), one of art history’s finest sculptors and a leading figure in Italian Baroque art and architecture. Recent conservation efforts have restored this sculptural triumph to its full glory and revealed previously hidden artistic techniques.

Press Release: 


This loan is made possible by Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale—Musei Capitolini. George and Judy Marcus are the exclusive sponsors of the exhibition.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Medusa, 1640s. Carrara marble. Musei Capitolini, Rome

Program Support

To support our mission, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer an extensive array of education and public programs for audiences of all ages that complement our special exhibitions and permanent collections. The Museums are further committed to caring for and preserving our holdings, conducting and presenting in-depth collections-based research, training and mentoring young conservators, and providing greater access to the collection for scholars, students, and the general public.

Favorite Things: An Exhibition of Artist Books in Memory of David Logan, 1918–2011

August 6, 2011February 12, 2012

The Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books was one of David Logan’s favorite things. In 1998, Logan and his wife, Reva, gave their outstanding collection of more than 300 modern artist books to the Fine Arts Museums; their generous gift was celebrated that year in a newly constructed gallery named for them at the Legion of Honor. Since then, the gallery has been devoted to exhibitions celebrating the excellence and diversity of the artist book, a unique art form that combines text with art (usually in the form of original prints) to form a unified whole.

Favorite Things: An Exhibition of Artist Books  in Memory of David Logan

Above: Joan Miró, pages from À toute épreuve (Proof Against All), by Paul Éluard (Geneva: Gérald Cramer, 1958). Color woodcuts. FAMSF, Museum purchase, Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books, Reva and David Logan Fund, Prints and Drawings Art Trust Fund, Fine Arts Museums Foundation Auction Proceeds, Unrestricted Art Trust Fund. Artwork © 2011 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900

February 18, 2012June 17, 2012

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing the evolution of this movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home.

Ticket Information: 

Admission prices: adults $20, seniors 65+ $17, students with current ID $16, youths 6–17 $10, members and children 5 and under free.

Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and discounted rates. For additional information please contact the group sales office at or by calling 415.750.3620.


Exhibition organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Grand Patron

Diane B. Wilsey

Lead Patrons

Athena and Timothy Blackburn


Lucy and William Hamilton
Maria and John Pitcairn
Arlene Schnitzer
The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation


Rosemary Baker
Marie Mendenhall Cleasby
Leslie and Troy Daniels in memory of Diana V. Hind
Charles and Ann Johnson
Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums

HansonBridgettThe Fairmont San Francisco

Love and the Maiden

John Spencer Stanhope, Love and the Maiden, 1877. Tempera, gold paint and gold leaf on canvas. FAMSF

Reservation Request

Reservation Request

Reservation and Scheduling Guidelines

  • Reservations for the 2010/11 school year begin August 1.
  • Guided visits are offered October 1, 2010 to May 27, 2011.
  • Get Smart with Art guided visits are offered Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 and 10:45 am.

General Guidelines

  • A minimum of 8 weeks advance notice is required.


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