The Jewel City

“The art is the only aspect of a world’s fair you can really recreate,” said [de Young Museum] exhibit curator James Ganz. “We can’t have any of these lavish buildings that went up, but we can bring the art back together again and give people that feeling of standing in the footsteps of the visitors from 1915.” 

Today, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the major upcoming exhibition at the de Young Museum. Opening on October 17, Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition, will showcase nearly 200 works presented at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, many of which haven’t been seen since. While the show will include works from 70 lenders, one of the most monumental pieces can already be seen: Atlantic and Pacific is a monumental mural from the fair by William de Leftwich Dodge, painted in the same jeweled colors designated a century ago for the flower beds, the architecture and even the uniforms on the guards, and can be seen in the Museum’s Wilsey Court.

Learn more about the exhibition Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition at deYoung.FAMSF.ORG.