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FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO

Executive Committee

Board of Trustees

 

September 7, 2000

 

I.

Calling of the Meeting to Order - Diane B. Wilsey, President

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco was held on Thursday, September 7, 2000, in the 6th Floor Conference Room of the Museums' Administrative Offices at 233 Post Street, San Francisco. A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order at 12:30 p.m. by Diane B. Wilsey, President. President Wilsey presided; Mrs. Gough acted as Secretary.

II.

Calling of the Roll

Present:

Alvin H. Baum, Jr.

Belva Davis, Vice President/Civic Affairs and Audience Development

Dagmar Dolby, Vice President/Annual Support

Richard P. Essey

Richard H. Finn, Vice President/Finance

George Hecksher

J. Burgess Jamieson

Diane B. Lloyd-Butler, Vice President/Marketing and Communications

J. Alec Merriam, Vice President

Robert A. Mills

Shelagh Rohlen

Diane B. Wilsey

Excused:

Nion McEvoy

Other Trustees in Attendance:

Barnaby Conrad III

Nan Cook

Nancy Hamon

Stephanie MacColl

Marianne Peterson

Randolph Scott

Lonna Wais

 

 

Report of the President - Diane B. Wilsey

 
 

A. Consideration and Possible Action to Approve the Minutes of the June 8, 2000 Meeting of the Board of Trustees

 
 

There being no discussion among the Trustees or members of the public, the minutes of the June 8, 2000 meeting of the Board of Trustees, having been mailed in advance to all Trustees, were unanimously approved.

 

D. Report on Recent Developments Regarding the Plans to Build a New de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

1. Report on a Resolution Creating the Children's Campaign for the New de Young Museum Adopted by the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District on August 22, 2000

Mrs. Wilsey reported that the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School unanimously adopted the appended resolution at its August 22nd meeting creating the Children's Campaign for the new de Young Museum. This resolution was inspired by Trustee Emerita Ruth Asawa, who is dedicated to promoting arts education in San Francisco schools. Ms. Asawa has proposed that children in San Francisco be given the unique opportunity to support their new de Young Museum. Collaborating with her son, artist Paul Lanier, who is a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District, and with the support of the Louise and Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation, a ceramic savings bank inspired by the Education Tower of the new de Young Museum has been created.

The Board of Education supports the project to collect contributions from San Francisco Unified School District students, who will be asked to consider a donation of 25 cents to the Education Tower Fund. President Wilsey advised that matching funds will be provided to each participating school to support arts education through the generosity of Trustee Richard P. Essey and the Essey Family Fund.

The Executive Committee expressed heartfelt appreciation to the Board of Education, Trustee Emerita Asawa, Mr.Lanier, The Lousie and Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation, and Trustee Essey and the Essey Family Fund for their support of the new de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and particularly the Education Tower, a symbol of the Fine Arts Museums' continued commitment to public art education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Consideration and Possible Action to Adopt a Resolution Setting the

2001 Executive Committee Meeting Dates

President Wilsey presented the following resolution setting the dates for the 2001 meetings of the Executive Committee:

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco does hereby set the following dates, times and location for its 2001 regular meetings:

Date Time Location

Thursday, February 8, 2001 noon 233 Post Street, SF

Thursday, March 22, 2001 noon 233 Post Street, SF

Thursday, May 10, 2001 noon 233 Post Street, SF

Thursday, September 13, 2001 noon 233 Post Street, SF

Thursday, November 8, 2001 noon 233 Post Street, SF

Thursday, December 13, 2001 noon 233 Post Street, SF

On motion, duly seconded, there was no discussion among Trustees or members of the public, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to adopt the above resolution as Board Resolution 1353.

 

D. Consideration and Possible Action to Adopt a Resolution Changing the Date of the October 11, 2001 Board of Trustees Meeting

President Wilsey presented the following resolution changing the date of the Board of Trustees meeting from October 11, 2001 to October 18, 2001:

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco does hereby change the date of the October 11, 2001 meeting of the Board of Trustees as set by the Board of Trustees at its June 8, 2000 meeting to Thursday, October 18, 2001, at 3 p.m., in the Board Room of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

On motion, duly seconded, there was no discussion among Trustees or members of the public, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to adopt the above resolution as Board Resolution 1354.

 

 

 

 

 

IV.

Director's Report - Harry S. Parker III

 
 

A. Consideration and Possible Action to Approve Loan Requests

Mr. Parker presented the following loan requests:

From: Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY

For: Rembrandt and the Venetian Influence

Salander-O'Reilly: 10/03/00-11/18/00

Tiziano Vecellio (Titian), Italian, 1477 - 1576

Portrait of a Friend of Titian (Portrait of a Gentleman), circa 1550

Oil on canvas, 35 ½ x 28 ½ (90.2 x 72.4 cm)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress

Foundation

61.44.17

Stipulations: The painting will be accompanied by a FAMSF courier to New York and return to San Francisco. All related expenses will be paid by the requesting organization.

*****

From: Royal Scottish Academy, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh,

Scotland

For: Monet: The Seine and the Sea: Verthueuil and Normandy, 1878- 1883

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland: 08/02/03-10/??/03

Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926

Waves Breaking, 1881

Oil on canvas, 23 ½ x 32 (59.7 x 81.3 cm)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Prentis Cobb Hale

1970.10

Stipulations: The painting will be accompanied by a FAMSF courier to Edinburgh and return to San Francisco. All related expenses will be paid by the requesting organization.

*****

 

Two Week Extension of Loan Request Approved by Board of Trustees on January 14, 1999

From: Kunstforum, Wien, Austria

For: Cezanne: Finished - Unfinished

Kunstforum, Wien, Austria: 01/19/00 - 4/25/00

Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland: 05/05/00-07/30/00; 08/01/00- 08/13/00

Paul Cezanne, French, 1839-1906

The Rocks in the Park of the Chateau Noir, circa 1898

Oil on canvas, 24 x 32 (61 x 81.3 cm)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Mildred Anna Williams Collection

1977.4

A motion was made and seconded to approve the loan requests noted above. There was no discussion among Trustees or members of the public. The Executive Committee voted unanimously to approve the loans subject to the conditions stated.

 
 

B. Consideration and Possible Action to Adopt a Resolution to Change the Free Admission Day at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor to the First Wednesday of Each Month from the Second Wednesday and to Extend the Hours of the Free Admission Day into the Evening

Mr. Parker noted that free admission days at the Museums have always been popular with the public. The first and second Wednesdays of each month have been designated free admission day at the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor respectively. When the de Young Museum closes to the public on January 1, 2001, many of the

de Young activities and visitors will move to the Legion of Honor, making it desirable to shift the Legion's free day to the traditional first Wednesday of each month. The following resolution was introduced by Mr. Parker:

WHEREAS, Free admission days at the Fine Arts Museums have always been popular with the public; and

WHEREAS, During the four and one-half year period the de Young Museum is closed to the public beginning January 1, 2001, many of the de Young activities and its visitors will move to the Legion of Honor, making it desirable to change the Legion's free day to the standard of the first Wednesday of each month; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That free admission day at the Legion of Honor will be changed to the first Wednesday of each month from the second Wednesday effective January 1, 2001; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the hours of the free admission day at the Legion of Honor on the first Wednesday of each month will extend into the evening until 8:45 p.m.

On motion, duly seconded, there was no discussion among Trustees or members of the public. The Executive Committee voted unanimously to adopt the above resolution as Board Resolution 1355.

 

C. Report and Possible Action to Authorize the Director of Museums to Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding Between the Fine Arts Museums and the Recreation and Park Department Regarding the Departments' On-going Collaboration and Consultation with Respect to the Use of the de Young Museum's Site, Improvements Contemplated for Golden Gate Park, and Concourse Area Special Events

Mr. Parker reported that the Fine Arts Museums and the Recreation and Park Department have jointly drafted an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU clarifies the de Young Museum site and the Board of Trustees' historic and exclusive control of the assets, land or buildings (reference San Francisco Charter, Section 5.101). Furthermore, the Recreation and Park Department's jurisdiction over Golden Gate Park, exclusive of those buildings and land under the Museums' jurisdiction, is also addressed in the MOU.

The draft MOU, which was distributed to the Executive Committee, will be placed on the agenda of the next meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission on September 21, 2000 for action. A motion was made and seconded to 1) authorize the Director of Museums to enter into the MOU, and 2) to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Fine Arts Museums and the Recreation and Park Department regarding the Departments' continued collaboration and consultation with respect to the use of the de Young Museum's site, improvements contemplated for Golden Gate Park and Concourse Area Special Events. There was no discussion among Trustees or members of the public. The Executive Committee voted unanimously to authorize the Director of Museums to enter into the MOU.

 

D. Report on de Young Museum Activities During Period of Closure

Mr. Parker reported that plans move forward to prepare for the closure of the

de Young Museum on December 31, 2000 for approximately four and one-half years. A lease agreement for temporary off-site space for the de Young Art Education Center, located at Irving Street and 26th Avenue, has been executed. The de Young Education off-site facility will include art education resources for families and teachers, programs led by artists and local art workshops. A pending lease for a second site is being finalized with the San Francisco Airport. This space would accommodate the de Young Museum collections, curators and conservators. The facility design is innovative with large open spaces to house conservation labs and collection documentation activities.

 

A full report will be provided at the October 12, 2000 meeting of the Board of Trustees including plans for international tours of the de Young collections, exhibitions at the new SFO International Terminal, and activities commemorating the closure of the

de Young Museum on December 31, 2000.

 

E. Report on Draft Record Retention and Destruction Policy for the Fine Arts Museums Required by Chapter 8 of the San Francisco Administrative Code

As required by Chapter 8 of the San Francisco Administrative Code a Record Retention and Destruction Policy for the Fine Arts Museums has been drafted and submitted to the Office of the City Administrator and the Office of the City Attorney.

 

F. Current and Future Exhibits

A potential exhibition of Vatican Treasures is no longer under consideration for Spring 2001. However, an exhibition, Toulouse Lautrec and the Spirit of Montmartre: Cabarets, Humor, and the Avant-Garde, 1875-1905, featuring works by Lautrec and Van Gogh, has been secured for March through May 2001 at the Legion of Honor.

Mr. Parker introduced Karin Breuer, Curator for the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, who discussed An American Focus: The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, which opens at the Legion of Honor on October 7th and runs through December 31st. Nearly 200 prints and monotypes are included in this major exhibition that celebrates the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, one of the world's premier collections of contemporary American prints. The collection of 656 works, formed by Bay Area residents Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, was given to the Fine Arts Museums in 1996. The exhibition highlights significant works from the Anderson Collection, including prints by Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Rauschenberg.

Concurrently, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the Anderson Collection in an exhibition featuring about 300 works of loaned painting, sculpture and works on paper from the Anderson Collection. Efforts have been coordinated between the two institutions to organize a number of educational programs and events.

 

G. Personnel Report

Mr. Parker announced the appointment of Daniell Cornell as Associate Curator of American Art, effective October 15, 2000. Mr. Cornell replaces Patti Junker, who resigned last year to accept the position of Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum in Forth Worth, Texas.

 

 

 

 

V.

Public Comment

Members of the public may address the Executive Committee on items not on the agenda that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Speakers may address the Executive Committee for up to three minutes; the President or the Executive Committee may limit the total comment to thirty minutes. There was no public comment.

VI.

Meeting Schedule, Future Events and Current and Future Exhibits

A. Executive Committee Meetings

Date Time Location

November 9, 2000 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

December 14, 2000 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

February 8, 2001 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

March 22, 2001 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

May 10, 2001 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

September 13, 2001 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

November 8, 2001 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

December 13, 2001 Noon 233 Post Street, 6th Floor

 

B. Board of Trustees Meetings

Date Time Location

October 12, 2000 3 p.m. Gallery 23, de Young Museum

January 11, 2001 3 p.m. Board Room, Legion of Honor

April 12, 2001 3 p.m. Board Room, Legion of Honor

June 14, 2001 3 p.m. Board Room, Legion of Honor

October 18, 2001 3 p.m. Board Room, Legion of Honor Change

Future Events

Date Event

September 18, 2000 Ferragamo Benefit

September 21, 2000 Opening Event - The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks

September 21, 2000 Opening Event: Great Nature: The Transcendent Landscapes of Chiura Obata

October 5, 2000 Opening Event - Anderson Collection of Graphic

Arts

October 26, 2000 Tiffany Archival Collections Viewing

November 28, 2000 My de Young Donors Thank You

December 13, 2000 Elegant Christmas Party

March 7-14, 2001 Museum Associates Trip to Guatemala

 

Current and Future Exhibitions (*Exhibitions organized by FAMSF)

Title Date Museum/Gallery

Gallery One - Exhibition for Children Ongoing de Young Gallery One Artists Studio* Ongoing de Young 5 A New de Young in Golden Gate Park: 10/14/99-12/31/00 de Young 36/37 Major Acquisitions for a New de Young 10/14/99-12/31/00 de Young 27 Wedding Dresses from the Permanent 03/04/00-12/31/00 de Young 22

Collection*

Wayne Thiebaud: A Paintings 06/10/00-09/03/00 Legion B-F &

Retrospective* Rosekrans

Recent Acquisitions of Artists Books* 07/01/00-10/22/00 Legion L

From Three Continents: Textile 08/12/00-12/31/00 de Young 28-30

Acquisitions, 1996 - 2000*

John Gutmann Photographer/Collector* 09/06/00-12/31/00 de Young 35/39

Old Master Prints from the Berolzheimer 09/09/00-01/10/01 Legion 1

Collection

The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks 09/23/00-12/31/00 de Young 41/44 B

Great Nature: The Transcendent 09/23/00-12/31/00 de Young 44C

Landscapes of Chiura Obata*

Art for Elders 09/27/00-10/08/00 de Young 27

An American Focus: The Anderson 10/07/00-12/31/00 Legion A-F &

Graphic Arts Collection* Rosekrans

Crown Point Press Rotation* 10/14/00-12/31/00 de Young 27 hall

Gallery 27 Permanent Collection* 10/21/00-12/31/00 de Young 27

John Cage at Crown Point Press* 12/20/00-04/15/01 Legion 1

Prints in Bloom* 01/27/01-05/13/01 Legion A

Triumph of Fortitude and Triumph of 02/10/01-ongoing Legion 2

Prudence*

Logan Book Gallery* 02/17/01-06/03/01 Legion L

Toulouse Lautrec and the Spirit of 03/10/01-05/27/01 Legion B-F &

Montmartre: Cabarets, Humor, and Rosekrans

the Avant-Garde, 1875-1905

Bouquets to Art 03/20/01-03/23/01 Legion

Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art* 04/28/01-08/26/01 Legion 1

Ed Ruscha* 05/26/01-09/09/01 Legion A

Logan Book Gallery* 06/09/01-09/23/01 Legion L

Henry Moore: A Retrospective 06/23/01-09/16/01 Legion B-F

19th Century Photography* 09/08/01-12/30/02 Legion 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.

Adjournment - Diane B. Wilsey, President

 
 

There being no further business, President Wilsey adjourned the meeting at 12:55 p.m. in memory of Jack MacGregor, Former Director of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Judy Gough

Executive Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: These minutes set forth all actions taken up by the Executive Committee on matters stated, but not necessarily in the order in which the matters were considered.

 

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