In a three day span beginning this Saturday, the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco is set to open two new exhibitions. One is a presentation of ceremonial cloths, and another is a certain annual event, hosted by the museum.
Opening on Saturday April 2, is the exhibition, “the Sumatran Ship Cloth.” It is a presentation of three ceremonial textiles, created in the Lampung region of South Sumatra, located in Indonesia, where ship imagery is the biggest theme in their woven arts. Taken from the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), and dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, the works displays the sea as a representation of reflecting social structures, rituals and cosmological beliefs. They are also being shown for the first time.
The exhibition represents two major categories of ship cloths; the palepai (the pinnacle of Indonesian weaving, within Lampung society and Western collectors), and the tampan (cloths that were part of rites of passage in Lampung). It will be on view until February 12, 2017.
Then on Tuesday April 5, it will once again be the day of the annual “Bouquets to Art” exhibition. For five days, there will be floral arrangements, by some of the most innovative designers in the Bay Area beyond, inspired by works in DeYoung’s permanent collection. It will be filled with various events including a lecture, elegant seated luncheons, and an opening night gala.
Log on to deyoung.famsf.org for more information.