American Art

Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography<br>April 21–July 11, 2020

Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography rediscovers and celebrates the work of a pioneering and radical American artist. Anne Brigman (1869–1950)—a photographer, poet, and mountaineer—is best known for her iconic landscape images from the early 1900s, which depict herself and other female nudes outdoors in the Sierra Nevada.

Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt

Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt is the largest solo museum exhibition of this New York-based octogenarian artist. Since the 1980s, Reinhardt has exclusively depicted scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, creating vivid, whimsical illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache that recount the Roman poet’s time-honored myths.

Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence

Criminal Files In the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave J. Edgar Hoover unprecedented powers to fight the kidnappings, killings, crime bosses, and criminals that flourished at that time. Hoover countered the magnetism of such crime figures as “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, John Dillinger, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and “Baby Face” Nelson with […]

Park Ave Cubists

Cosmopolitan and erudite, Albert Eugene Gallatin, George L.K. Morris, Suzy Frelinghuysen, and Charles B. Shaw were committed artists, passionate patrons, and close friends.

Paul Kos

Contemporary artworks take many forms, at times even disappearing altogether. In 1969 cows grazing in a Napa Valley pasture licked away Lot’s Wife, a salt-block sculpture by Paul Kos.

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: Mission School

In the early 1990s, many aspiring San Francisco artists lived and worked in the Mission District, a gritty, low-rent area of the city. Among them were San Francisco Art Institute undergraduates Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri, along with friends Chris Johanson and Margaret Kilgallen.