Last Friday night was our first artist-led tour of the galleries. We had a great time seeing Ruth Asawa’s sculptures, wandering through the contemporary galleries and Wilsey Court, and finishing up in the James Turrell sculpture in the garden. During each tour we will be performing quotes gathered from visitors who participated in our residency. The tour adds the voices of the museum patrons to experiencing the art collections at the de Young. Tours leave from the Kimball Education Gallery on Fridays at 7 p.m. Remaining tour dates are 7/17, 7/24 and 7/31. We hope to see you on a tour!
Our mobile cart was also out on Friday night with Chris at the helm. Stop by to tell us about your favorite artwork at the museum, or pick up one of our postcards featuring our artist renditions of the de Young collection and quotes from the museum visitors.
Ever wonder what goes on in the basement and the tower of the de Young Museum? Now you can find out! As part of our residency we were fortunate to be able to interview various departments at the museum and photograph in their areas. In the “gift shop” section of our installation we are featuring photographs and text showing the behind the scenes of the museum. Who are the people that create the museum experience that the public doesn’t see?
Here’s a teaser:!
Artwork is wrapped, strapped, and stored when not out on display. Racks of paintings and furniture are ready to be rotated into the galleries.
The Object Conservator is a combination of a detective and an artist. She uses various tools and pigments to restore delicate works of art for the museum.
The cafe menu is inspired by the special exhibitions at the museum. Currently they have a menu inspired by J. M. W. Turner’s paintings. And, those beautiful flowers you see in the entry and in the bathrooms? Those are all done by volunteers. The Flower Committee had 55 members that create arrangements for the museum every week. They are a passionate group that strives to enhance the museum experience for visitors.
de Young Artists-in-Residence install their work over just one day, however the first day truly is just the beginning as the installation grows throughout the month. Repeat visitor will notice the artwork filling the walls, the visitor interactions growing in number, and the project developing as the artist hoped or, sometimes, in serendipitous ways.
We snuck into the studio to view the artists installing their work to see how My Museum gets built, documented here in these photographs by Victoria Mara Heilweil.
On June 19th, a fantastic ensemble of musicians joined me for a few rounds of my improvisational game piece, Raw Shack. This was a special Friday night event in the Kimball Gallery. In Raw Shack, I use a variety of cards to cue the musicians, and they interpret the cards however they wish. During my residency, I created a bunch of new cards (UNDERWATER, Play well with others, LOOPING, etc.) which were premiered at this performance.
Shireen Amini: guitar, melodica, vocals
Sheila Bosco: keyboard
Fountainetta Coleman: percussion
Katja Davis: vocals, percussion
Ayla Xander Dozier: vocals, percussion
Tina Fagnani: drums
Altay Guvench: bass guitar
Gregory Hagan: viola, vocals
Josh Marshall: saxophone
Scott Roy: accordion
Bill Wolter: guitar