Today marks the 108th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, an event which wrecked havoc across the entire city and resulted in the indefinite closure of the de Young. Since 1906, the museum has survived several tremblers, although our building has not. The construction of the new Herzog & de Meuron designed was precipitated by damage that the old de Young incurred during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and the new de Young now stands as one of the safest places to be during an earthquake! Learn more in this archived blog post.
On the eve of an ambitious remodeling and reinstallation at Vienna’s famed Kunsthistorisches Museum, this perceptive and slyly humorous documentary peers into the inner workings as the big day approaches. The Great Museum unsurprisingly makes for sumptuous eye candy, but perhaps its greatest pleasure is its humane observation of the people who are responsible for making this institution great.
We’re going back to the future, this #ThrowbackThursday! In 2011, we hosted Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, an exhibition made possible by that museum’s closure due to an ambitious remodeling project.
This week, the San Francisco Film Society presents The Great Museum, a new documentary that shows viewers the inner workings of the Kunsthistoriches as it prepares to reopen after the extensive renovation and reinstallation of its palatial galleries!
Splashing into Lake George in New York, 1945.
This photo and others from the National Geographic archives are being auctioned by Christie’s in an exclusive, online-only sale from July 19-29, see here for detailsPhotograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic
Lake George has been a source of inspiration for American artists since the 19th century. The region’s stunning topography rivals that of European lakes, which made it a popular tourist destination when stagecoaches and later the railroad made the region more easily accessible from major cities nearby.
The lake also attracted numerous artists to its shores, including Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett, Martin Johnson Heade, and of course, Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe first visited Lake George in 1908 on a scholarship from the Art Students League in New York that allowed her to attend an artists’ retreat there. From 1918 until 1934, O’Keeffe visited Lake George yearly with her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, whose family owned an estate on the western shore of the lake.
Happy birthday, Thomas Hart Benton! In this painting, Benton updates the biblical theme of Susanna and the Elders, boldly positioning the virtuous bather in Missouri rather than Babylon. The regionalist artist’s modern (and rather risque) take on this traditional subject caused a sensation when the work was exhibited throughout the Midwest and West in 1938 and 1939.
Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975). Susanna and the Elders, 1938. Oil and tempera on canvas mounted on wood. Anonymous Gift. 1940.104
"I will find you!" Did you know that The Last of the Mohicans, based on the iconic James Fenimore Cooper novel, is set in and around Lake George?
Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years’ War. After its 1826 publication, The Last of the Mohicans became one of the most popular English books of its time, and defined Lake George as an American icon.
Today is slowartday! Join us onsite for special docent-led tours and dedicated discussion groups that emphasize slow and thoughtful art-viewing.
Or join us online with this instagram challenge: look at an artwork in our permanent collection for 10 minutes. Pick out a detail and take a picture. Post it on Instagram and tag it @deyoungmuseum #slowartday. Don’t forget to share what it was that caught your eye in the first place. Happy looking!
Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967). Portrait of Orleans (detail), 1950. Oil on canvas. Gift of Jerrold and June Kingsley. 1991.32. On view in Gallery 10.
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 12) is Slow Art Day.
The concept: Look at five artworks for 10 minutes each, then meet and discuss. GO!
What does the future of art look like? Find out in the Piazzoni Murals room today and all this weekend at the 18th Annual New Generations Student Showcase. A juried presentation, the Student Showcase displays work by emerging artists from Bay Area colleges and universities. On view through April 13.
Celebrate tomorrow’s art stars tonight at Friday Nights at the de Young, featuring performance and visual art, film, and a DJ! All activities take place in the free zone, and general admission is FREE today from 6–8:45 pm for college and university students and faculty with ID (special exhibition fees still apply for Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George).
Galería de la Raza and de Young Museum are proud to present “Paper and Blade” at Galería, opening this weekend! Reception this Saturday, April 12 at 7pm with the artists in attendance.
View the final installation of new works by four diverse paper cut artists as their de Young Artist Fellows…