WHERE did we go in 2014 - 2015 ?

September 12 – de Young Museum:  Modernism from the National Gallery: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection brings paintings by the great masters of the post-war world to San Francisco. The de Young will feature works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella, among others.

October 10 – Oakland Museum of CA: Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape
See the very best in California landscape art from the museum’s holdings, including works by Ansel Adams, Thomas Hill, David Hockney, Arthur Mathews, Richard Misrach, Albert Bierstadt, Imogen Cunningham, Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston, Chiura Obata, and more.

 November 14 – Legion of Honor: Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House
Houghton Hall is one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. This exhibition captures an intimate look inside Houghton Hall amid a re-creation of some of its spectacular interiors. Key highlights include works by British painters: Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Roman marble busts, 17th century tapestries, Sevres porcelain.

December 12 – Grace Cathedral Grand Tour 
This tour includes many areas of the church not typically seen by casual visitors such as the interior of the Chapel of Grace, the Vestry to view the collection of vestments, the Gallery with sweeping views of the nave, and a walk up the 94 stairs to the top of the South Tower for a unique view of the San Francisco skyline. Tour tickets will be $25.  Three-Coirs fixed price lunch at LuLu's in SF for $45.

January 9, 2014 – Asian Art Museum:  Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Roads of Arabia features objects recently excavated from throughout the Arabian Peninsula and traces the impact of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage routes stretching from Yemen to Iraq.  We have a docent all lined up for this tour.

February 2015 - San Jose Museum of Art to see the exhibit MOMENTUM: AN EXPERIMENT IN THE UNEXPECTED.  Momentum sets out to disrupt the status quo and show that art is anything but just an inanimate object. This exhibition looks at works in the collection from various eras in which artists explore notions of movement and the passage of time—two subjects that are not at all mutually exclusive.  SJMA invited creative movers and shakers from the realms of design, comedy, performance, music, writing, dance, and other fields to disrupt this exhibition of its permanent collection with their personal artistic responses to the art on view. 

March 2015 - Alcatraz Island’s special exhibit by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  It's no coincidence that Ai Weiwei's latest exhibition is located in Alcatraz, a former jail that sits on an isolated island off the San Francisco coast.  The exhibit, called @LARGE explores human rights and freedom of expression in this series of new, site-specific installations inspired by Alcatraz Island.  Themes of imprisonment, featuring prisoners of conscience from around the world is familiar territory for Ai, who was detained by Chinese authorities for 81 days in 2011 and still cannot travel out of China.  You will be purchasing a ticket on the boat and lunch will be arranged for us off the island and the delightful Pier 23!

April 2015 - We return to The Legion for a spectacular just-in-from NY exhibit, High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.  Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections, whose fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century.

May 2015 - We return to the de Young for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.