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To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color


To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color, July 31, 2010 – January 9, 2011, The de Young Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. This exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods, including a tie-dyed mantle from the Wari-Nasca culture of pre-Hispanic Peru (500–900 A.D.), a paste-resist Mongolian felt rug from the 15th–17th century and a group of stitch-resist dyed 20th-century kerchiefs from the Dida people of the Ivory Coast. These historical pieces are contrasted with artworks from contemporary Bay Area artists. The exhibition highlights several recent acquisitions, including important gifts such as a pair of ikat-woven, early-20th-century women’s skirts from the Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia and two exquisite hand-painted and mordant-dyed Indian trade cloths used as heirloom cloths by the Toraja peoples of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Hat Contest at The de Young Museum!

Join The de Young Museum for a hat contest on Friday, April 23! There is still time to visit Britex Fabrics for tulle, velvet and silk ribbons, lace, silk flowers, and rhinestones to make an artistic chapeau. Hats should be inspired by the French Impressionist paintings in the museum’s collection. Let Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro and more drive you to frivolous heights! Categories include, Moulin Rouge or Soiree (evening hats), Boating on the Seine River (daytime hats), Can-Can (theatrical), Glamorous Garden Party, and Professional Hat Designers (will be judged separately). And of course there are prizes.

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Upcoming Quilt Exhibit – Amish Abstractions

The de Young museum, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
November 14, 2009 — June 6, 2010
This exhibition features approximately 48 full-size and crib quilts dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest are visual distillations of their way of life. The Amish faith embodies the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community, but their quilts are anything but humble. Using a rich color palette and bold patterns, these quilts are truly a unique contribution to American textile history. The quilts highlight the beauty and complexity of the abstract patterns.
Amish Abstractions quilt
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Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition is supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc.

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