de Young Museum Forthcoming Exhibitions 2010

Young at Art Festival
May 16–May 24, 2009
Young at Art is an eight day celebration of student creativity in visual, literary, media, and performing arts at the de Young May 16 to May 24, 2009. For the past 23 years this unique San Francisco event has been a destination for families, teachers, artists, and community members from San Francisco and beyond. The festival offers opportunities to enjoy student performances in dance and music, as well as view visual arts in the Kimball Education Gallery, Wilsey Court, and the Piazzoni Murals Room. Hands-on activities provide fun for all ages.

Remembering Rauschenberg: The Artist’s Prints
June 6–October 4, 2009
Robert Rauschenberg, who in 1960 famously remarked about lithography that “the second half of the twentieth century was no time to start writing on rocks,” was convinced in 1962 to make prints at Universal Limited Art Editions in West Islip, Long Island. It was the beginning of the artist’s work in a medium that would span his entire career, and would include collaborations with fine art presses and papermakers around the globe. Remembering Rauschenberg, on view June 6 to October 4, 2009, includes Breakthrough II (1965) a lithograph printed on a broken stone, and Booster (1967), which, at 6 feet high, is an x-ray self-portrait of the artist’s body. Also covered is Rauschenberg’s work at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles from the late 1960s through the 1970s, when his innovative energy and collaborative skills were legendary.

Art and Power in the Central African Savanna
June 20–October 11, 2009
Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the de Young presents Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, June 20 to October 11, 2009. This exhibition explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 sculptures created by artists of four Central African cultures: the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa. Carved primarily from wood, these power figures act as containers for magical organic ingredients and serve purposes both religious and political. According to traditional beliefs, the figures mediate between the human and spirit worlds to insure a healthy birth, successful hunt, or triumph over an enemy. A fully-illustrated catalogue by leading expert Constantine Pedridis accompanies the exhibition. This is the exhibition’s third and final presentation before being disbanded and returned to major lending institutions and private collections in Europe and the United States.

Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown
November 14, 2009–May 16, 2010
The Amish are descendants of mostly Swiss and German Anabaptists who came to America in the 1700 and 1800s in search of religious freedom, settling on farms in Pennsylvania and later founding communities throughout the Midwest. Living largely apart from mainstream “English” culture, they reject most modern conveniences in favor of a quiet, ordered life that is reflected their buildings, furnishings, and gardens. Quilts made by the girls and women of these communities are visual distillations of the Amish faith and way of life, embodiments of the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community that govern their society. Surprisingly, the quilts are anything but shy and reticent. Their vibrant colors and bold geometries seem to anticipate the work of some of the great abstract artists of the 20th century. Amish Abstractions, on view November 14, 2009, to May 16, 2010, explores Amish quilts within their own context, as well as some of their parallels to abstract art. The approximately 45 quilts featured are drawn from the holdings of Bay Area collectors Faith and Stephen Brown.

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