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FAMSF Page Views Book Club ‘Monet: The Early Years’ @ Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor
Apr 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

FAMSF Page Views Book Club 'Monet: The Early Years'Page Views ‘Monet: The Early Years’ is the inaugural event for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s first ever book club!

Join us for this free event at the Legion of Honor Florence Gould Theater, where we will discuss The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave The World Impressionism by Ross King. In this compelling non-fiction work, King describes the period surrounding the rise of the Impressionists in France and their larger place in modern art history. This parallels ‘Monet: The Early Years,’ the first major US exhibition devoted exclusively to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career.

About Page Views:

Our goal is to deepen engagement with works on view by pairing special exhibitions with a companion text. Together, we’ll celebrate art history, literature, and the thrill of lively discussion among friends new and old.

2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase @ 2017 Decorator Showhouse
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – May 29 @ 4:00 pm

2017 San Francisco Decorator ShowcaseSince 1977, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has raised over $15 million in support of the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. This year’s Showcase promises to be extra special, as it marks the 40th anniversary of the historic event.

The 2017 Decorator Showcase is located at 2698 Pacific Avenue, bringing this esteemed event back to Pacific Heights for the anniversary celebration. The exquisite 11,000 square foot residence, built in 1904 and designed by renowned architects Newsom and Newsom, offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
To help us ring in the 40th year in style, we’ve enlisted the help of some of the Bay Area’s finest interior designers and landscape architects. Click here for the full list.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 10am-3pm (last entry)
Friday: 10am-7pm (last entry)
Sunday and Memorial Day: 11am-4pm (last entry)
CLOSED MONDAY (except Memorial Day)

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San Francisco Art Institute Annual Gala: The Original Disruptor @ San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

San Francisco Art Institute Annual Gala: The Original DisruptorSan Francisco Art Institute Annual Gala: The Original Disruptor will celebrate generations of alumni by inviting more than twenty artists back to transform its iconic Chestnut Street campus
into a series of stunning art bars and lounges for one night only.

Gala: 6pm until 9pm
After Party: 9pm until 12am

From Burning Man artist David Best’s monumental installation over the historic courtyard to the glow-in-the-dark drinks at Whitney Lynn and Tony Labat’s peace sign bar celebrating the Summer of Love, San Francisco Art Institute’s 2017 Gala will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Its historic home on Russian Hill will provide the setting for an unprecedented celebration of its legacy as an incubator for some of the nation’s most “disruptive” and groundbreaking artists such as Joan Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, Annie Leibovitz, Paul McCarthy, Laura Poitras, Jason Rhoades, and Barry McGee, just to name a few. The event is SFAI’s premier fundraiser—all proceeds from the evening will benefit student scholarships.

SFAI alumni artists will transform the campus into twelve stunning, temporary bars and lounges designed to generate surprising and immersive experiences. Renowned chefs and bartenders will join forces with the artists to create an unforgettable homage to the creative spirit fostered at SFAI for the past 146 years.

Arriving guests will enjoy drinks in an elaborate installation, built over SFAI’s cloistered courtyard, designed by David Best (1962, 66-67, 71-74) who heads up Burning Man’s famous Temple Crew and was a member of the now world-renowned festival’s founding group.

Whitney Lynn (MFA 08) and Tony Labat (MFA 80), both current faculty at SFAI, will take over the Diego Rivera Gallery with an homage to the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Labat, well known for his giant peace sign sculptures, will return to this subject with an enormous peace sign-shaped, blacklight bar created in partnership with Lynn. Expect glow-in-the-dark drinks, neon, video projection, and more.

KunstCapades, a collective composed of Tim Sullivan (MFA 04), Joshua Pieper (MFA 05), Robyn Carliss, and others, will bring their art-themed variety show/podcast to the President’s Office. Guests will board a gondola up to the recording booth—a micro tiki bar—for conversation and cocktails.

David Janesko (MFA 13) and Adam Donnelly (MFA 13) are creating the Camera Obscura Bar. Guests will enter an enclosed, 10’x20’ camera obscura to see the outside world projected inward through a variety of lenses focused on the surrounding area and San Francisco Bay. Photos taken by the giant camera will be available for sale that night.

Penelope Houston (77-78), a singer in the famous proto-punk rock band The Avengers, is creating a bar called Backstage that mirrors the hundreds of hours she has spent backstage at punk clubs. A live punk band will perform songs from the first wave of San Francisco’s punk scene, and the audience will be invited to perform punk-karaoke style. Expect graffiti and cheap beer on ice.

Taravat Talepasand (MFA 06), currently on the faculty at SFAI, is collaborating with fellow graduates Ala Ebtekar (BFA 02) and Amir Esfehani (MFA 07) to create “Mehmoonies,” or a Persian party. Layered rugs, cushions, and arabesque motifs will create a cozy spot for tea, baklava, seasonal fruits, and more.

Lorena Perez (MFA 14), now based in Mexico City, will turn the SFAI tower into a dazzling ribbon wrapped installation with a rooftop bar for viewing.

Katie Bush (MFA 00) promises “an environment that will be like a relaxing but violent lava lamp of love.” Expect light projections that “explode and molt … and reverbed funky machine gun beats.”

Other contributors include SFAI Board member Tom Loughlin (MFA 13) who is turning his bar over to SFAI students; experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala (MFA 97); the Bonanza team of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams (MFA 13); and faculty member/conceptual artist Mads Lynnerup (BFA 01).

All bars and lounges will offer food and drink, with a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and all will offer art for sale, including the installation work itself in some cases.

An After Party will feature live music, as well as a silent disco.

About San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context.

Soirée 2017 – Summer of Love @ The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Soirée 2017 - Summer of LoveSoirée 2017 – Summer of Love – at the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel (San Francisco Landmark #167) will be a psychedelic celebration of the Summer of Love on its 50th anniversary! Experience the landmarks, luminaries, and legacy businesses of Haight-Ashbury and the sights and sounds of the Sixties. Music by San Francisco’s Summer of Love Revue.

The Ritz-Carlton’s 1909 white neoclassical façade will be bathed in Summer of Love-inspired purple. A vintage Volkswagen bus parked inside for photos. Come in black tie or a creative circa-1967 costume — clothing required!

Proceeds from Soirée 2017 will benefit The Landmark Fund, a newly launched program by San Francisco Heritage that aims to ensure that the city’s historic landmarks and legacy businesses fully reflect the diversity of its people and places. Historic designation is the most effective and proactive way to safeguard important places from demolition, destruction, and displacement. The Landmark Fund will nominate 50 buildings, districts, businesses, and nonprofits for landmark or legacy designation over the next five years.

MarinScapes Opening Night Gala @ Escalle Winery
Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
MarinScapes Opening Night Gala

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The Opening Night Gala for the  29th Annual MarinScapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit at the beautiful and historic Escalle Winery in Marin’s charming town of Larkspur. MarinScapes will showcase the works of over 30 artists and photographers who capture the stunning beauty and natural scenery of Marin County. This year’s featured artist and

This year’s featured artist and guest Susan Schneider Williams is a Marin County based fine artist, and wife of the late Robin Williams. MarinScapes annual event is a fundraiser for Marin, Napa and Sonoma County-based Buckelew Programs. In particular, the Family Service Agency and the Helen Vine Recovery Center whose mission is to promote recovery, resilience, and hope by providing behavioral health and support services that enhance the quality of life.

MarinScapes Opening Night Gala gives art patrons the opportunity to peruse the exhibit prior to the art show’s public opening. MarinScapes Gala patrons and sponsors will enjoy an evening of fine dining by local favorite Insalata’s and inspirational words from Susan Schneider Williams.

San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show: Flower Power @ Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day

San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show, Red Carpet Bay AreaFollowing San Francisco’s Summer of Love 50th anniversary celebrations, save the dates for San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. This year’s theme springs from the beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms. Floral imagery has long been part of a rich visual symbolism in art, be it mythological, religious or romantic. Flower Power is fertile ground for cultivating a uniquely curated assortment of art and antiques. San Francisco Art and Antiques Show also serves as a benefit event for Enterprise for Youth.

San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Preview Gala: October 25
Show Dates: October 26 – 29

Show Chair: Suzanne Tucker

Preview Gala Committee: Ken Fulk, Laura King Pfaff, Allison Speer and Frederic Hutchins Moll, OJ and Gary Shansby, Alexis and Trevor Traina, Diane B. Wilsey

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