House of Mirror Reflections at the de Young

By December 21, 2011

Technology provides a new medium for creativity throughout January in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery. The de Young’s Artist-in-Residence Program presents Dana Zed: House of Mirror Reflections, as January’s Artist-in-Residence on Jan. 4–29.

Zed invites visitors to participate in portrait drawing using studio iPads or their own digital media device. Visitors can print their work to hang in the Kimball Education Gallery and take it home after the closing reception. The Artist Studio is transformed into a mirror maze of glass and changing lights to encourage visitors to see themselves and others in a different way.

Zed explained, “I started to draw people on my iPod Touch while commuting on BART just to pass the time. It quickly became very absorbing and somewhat transformative. I had never attempted portraiture before. Surprisingly, the faces took on personalities of their own and even if they didn’t really look like the people, I was truthfully trying to record what I saw.”

About the Artist

Zed earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Brown University. She exhibited work in the Bay Area for three decades. Originally focusing on conceptual glass, she later began working with tiles, lights, windows, doors, walls and stairs. She  worked with theater sets at Artaud, Footworks and Laney College, as well as Bill Graham Productions.

Zed’s work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. She spent fifteen years with Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco. Zed was commissioned for numerous residential architectural pieces in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Washington, D.C., as well as a Julia Morgan home in Grass Valley, California, and a Bernard Maybeck home in Los Gatos, California. Most notable, Zed was commissioned to create a piece at the San Francisco Public Library Portola branch that includes twenty glass panels in rotating steel frames.

Artist Studio Program

The Artist Studio is presented by Cultural Encounters at the de Young. The Kimball Education Gallery is free to the public and open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Zed is available to provide assistance during gallery hours. The closing reception to celebrate Zed’s residency is on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.

 The de Young’s Artist Studio houses a residency program for artists and community-based arts groups that allows visitors a chance to explore a working studio environment. Every month, the de Young invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the museum. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artist an opportunity to work with the public. The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.

The Artist Studio is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.

For more information about the de Young’s Artist Studio call (415) 750-3528 or email [email protected]

 Visiting the de Young

The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, is the fourth most visited art museum in the nation. It is open Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and closed on Monday. Admission to the museum is $10 adults;$7 seniors; $6 youths 13-17 and students with a college I.D. Members and children 12 and younger are free. The first Tuesday of every month is free. Surcharge applies to special exhibitions

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