San Francisco. The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress at de Young

San Francisco. The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress at de Young
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L: Peter Stackpole, Untitled (Cable spinning, Telegraph Hill in the background), 1936. Gelatin silver print. Museum purchase, Pritzker Fund for Photography, 2013.14.5. Courtesy of the Peter Stackpole Estate. R: Dong Kingman, The Raised Bridge, ca. 1934. Watercolor over graphite. Bequest of James D. Hart. 1991.74.5

San Francisco. The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress at de Young. February 1June 8, 2014. Don’t miss this event if you have the chance, Yareah friends!

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936, opening at the de Young on February 1, 2014. Documenting the original construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in the 1930s, the exhibition includes 72 photographs, prints and drawings from the Museums’ collection. The bridge’s modern engineering inspired many artists to capture its bold industrial forms and commemorate the heroism of the workers who built it.

This exhibition presents a newly acquired group of 38 photographs by Peter Stackpole (19131997), the first works by this important Bay Area photographer to enter the Museums’ collection.  “This acquisition furthers the Museums’ goal to add depth to our holdings of work by California photographers, a truly exciting aspect of our collection,” noted Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Over the course of three intense years, at great personal risk, Stackpole scaled the dizzying heights of the unfinished structure and moved freely among the construction workers to tell their story of death-defying labor in a series of striking photographs. “Stackpole’s Bay Bridge photographs are among the most accomplished of his long career, and we’re thrilled to add them to the collection,” said James A. Ganz, curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The exhibition includes prints and drawings by other Bay Area artists, many of whom conducted their practice and earned their living under the auspices of San Francisco’s Federal Art Project. These include works by Dong Kingman (19112000) and Otis Oldfield (18901969), and a small selection of original studies from the firm of renowned San Francisco architect Timothy Pflueger (18921946), who contributed to the design of the original Bay Bridge.

As many as 8,000 men worked on the construction of the Bay Bridge, and the exhibition highlights the vital role of these laborers, as well as the technical audacity of this engineering feat. Following the recent completion of the new eastern span, The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress is a celebration of the grand ambition, unprecedented innovation and irrepressible personalities behind one of the most important public works projects in California history.

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