The 2016 theme, ANIMALIA:
Animals in Art and Antiques, explores our fascination with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom, as well as its symbolism throughout the ages. Animal images have been metaphors in art from ancient times to today. Birds, dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, serpents and butterflies have been used to portray wisdom, fidelity, shrewdness, fertility, self-indulgence, evil, and reincarnation. When an animal appears in a painting, a piece of furniture, a decorative object or jewelry, chances are it has meaning. The Latin word
Animalis literally means “
Having Soul”, and at the heart of all art, antiques and decorative objects is a boundless, collective soul—that of the artist, the collector, the observer and the history of the piece.
Asian Art Musuem's 50th Anniversary
It’s the Asian Art Museum’s 50th birthday, and they’re kicking off the celebration with three exhibitions this spring:
Hidden Gold: Mining and Its Meaning in Asian Art;
Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts and
China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps. See the world through the eyes of 17th-century mapmakers, encounter imperial artists from cosmopolitan Islamic courts, and discover the enduring magnificence of golden artworks.
Click here for details about their golden anniversary.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition
The Pacific Orchid Exposition, the largest show in the United States, comes to San Francisco's Fort Mason Center February 26-28th. Come admire over 150,000 unique orchids from around the world!
Attend for the chance to win Gala tickets to the 2016
Fall Antiques Show
San Jose Museum of Art
Border Cantos: Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo. February 26 – July 26, 2016
A cross-disciplinary exploration of the U.S.-Mexico border developed collaboratively by photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo. The exhibition features monumental landscapes by Misrach and hand-crafted musical instruments created by Galindo from found objects recovered at the border—a shoe, a water bottle, a backpack. The exhibition also includes a 2,000-square_foot sound installation of the music that Galindo composes and performs on these sculptural instruments.
The Leaders of Design Council Annual Conference
April 6-8, 2016 | Lisbon, Portugal
The Annual Conference is the keystone to building and sustaining community for the Leaders of Design Council. We create a dynamic “melting pot’ of our esteemed members - designers, sponsors, international influencers and media in intriguing locations, to inspire our members to be informed by fresh knowledge gathered from a new city, new individuals and new alliances.
Art Deco Preservation Ball
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco
This year our theme is Forbidden City, a famous Chinese American nightclub that opened in San Francisco in the late 1930s and saw great success during the 1940s and 1950s.
Tickets and more information at
Image Credit: Richard Misrach,
Wall, East of Nogales, Arizona, 2015. Pigment print; 60 x 80 inches; Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles. © Richard Misrach.