Current Exhibitions

Past Present: Conversations across Time

Sun, 02/22/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015

Past Present establishes a visual dialogue between seven contemporary artists/artist teams and select masterworks in our Samuel H. Kress Collection. Each artist will create an installation that responds to one or more of the Kress paintings, which will be moved from the Museum's Kress Gallery for this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Media will include paintings, videos, sound art, interior design, sculpture, and installation art.

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California the Beautiful: William Dassonville Photographs

Wed, 01/14/2015 - Sun, 05/03/2015

William Dassonville (1879–1957) produced idyllic landscapes and escapist city scenes in and around San Francisco, representing California as the new “Promised Land.” He exhibited his photographs widely and was friendly with the naturalist John Muir, artist William Keith, and fellow photographer Ansel Adams, who initially used Dassonville’s own brand of printing paper. In tune with the times, Dassonville embraced the Arts and Crafts Movement, which shunned factory production in favor of craftsmanship.

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Interventions in Printmaking: Three Generations of African American Women

Sun, 01/25/2015 - Sun, 04/12/2015

This exhibition features artists from throughout the United States and the African diaspora who have brokered new technologies and approaches to printmaking while addressing issues pertaining to history, identity, and politics. In works ranging from the representational to the abstract, this diverse group of women has enriched the print medium with their brilliantly drafted lithographs, colorful etchings and silk-screens, and conceptually rich photographs.

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Weston's Women: Edward Weston and Cycles of Influence

Sun, 02/22/2015 - Sun, 05/17/2015

One of the most celebrated photographers of the twentieth century, Edward Weston (1886–1958) cultivated relationships with women whose influence profoundly affected his life and work. Not simply model, muse, or student, they were partners, activists, and artists themselves. In addition to Weston’s work, this exhibition of sumptuous and rare vintage prints features photographs by Magrethe Mather, Tina Modotti, Anita Brenner, Sonya Noskowiak, Imogen Cunningham, Charis Wilson, and Dody Weston.

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