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October 2005

Ruth Asawa: Permanent Installation

October 17, 2005 - October 17, 2020
de Young Museum, Education Tower, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, 94118 United States
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In 2005, in celebration of the opening of the redesigned de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Ruth Asawa donated 15 sculptures to the Fine Arts Museums for a permanent installation. This grouping was personally selected by Asawa as being excellent examples of many of her sculptural forms. In keeping with Asawa's belief that art should be readily accessible to all, these works are housed in the Education Tower, where there is no charge for visitors. Check their website for exact dates and…

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August 2017

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985

August 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am - April 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 is a groundbreaking exhibition and accompanying book about design dialogues between California and Mexico. Its four main themes—Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Columbian Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism—explore how modern and anti-modern design movements defined both locales throughout the twentieth century. Half of the show’s more than 300 objects represent architecture, conveyed through drawings, photographs, films, and models to illuminate the unique sense of place that characterized California’s and Mexico’s…

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September 2017

Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West

September 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West considers mid-20th-century abstraction through its Asian-American practitioners, with a special focus on Hawai‘i artists. It is the first museum exhibition to bring artists of the New York School together with Asian-American artists who studied and worked in New York in the 1940s and 1950s, examining the influence of Asian intellectual and artistic traditions on artists long revered as uniquely American. The exhibition presents major works by American masters such as Philip Guston,…

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David Zwirner Gallery

September 13 @ 10:00 am - October 21 @ 6:00 pm

The exhibition will bring together a selection of key sculptures, paintings, and works on paper spanning Asawa's influential practice, as well as rare archival materials, including a group of vintage photographs of the artist and her work by Imogen Cunningham.

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Josef and Anni and Ruth and Ray

September 20 @ 10:00 am - October 21 @ 6:00 pm

Featuring work by Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, and Ray Johnson—all of whom were at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in the late 1940s—this exhibition will explore both the aesthetic and personal dialogue between these artists during their Black Mountain years and beyond;

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