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Treasure Island: Inspiring Artists Since 1939

July 22, 2023, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for our July program featuring the art of the GGIE and meet two contemporary artists using unique historical materials to create public art on and off the island.

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Since the first bucket of sand was deposited on Yerba Buena Shoals, Treasure Island has attracted artists in many media. During the Golden Gate International Exposition, hundreds of artists were commissioned to create sculptures and murals for the island’s buildings and gardens. Record-breaking exhibitions of art from around the world, including Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” drew millions to the Art Palace. In 1940, “Art in Action” transformed a section of the Art Palace into an open studio where artists, including fresco painter Diego Rivera, worked in the sight of an admiring public. Eight decades later very little remains on Treasure Island to remind us of this legacy, but color photography came into its own in time to capture this wonderland in thousands of images.

After exploring Treasure Island’s artful past, we’ll learn how the island has continued to inspire contemporary artists. Katy Boynton and Tom Loughlin are artists who have used materials and ideas from the past to create new public art on and off the island.

Anne Schnoebelen, board member and historian at the Treasure Island Museum, and artists Katy Boynton and Tom Loughlin will present this program.

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