Monthly Archives: December 2015

Collection in Focus: Ned Kahn

Gatehouse Gallery
Ned Kahn’s playful and mysterious artworks emerge from a confluence of science and art. Inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion, Kahn seeks to enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes. Flowing water, fog, sand, and light feature prominently throughout the artist’s work to create complex and ever changing systems. His indoor and outdoor installations work to frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. This presentation highlights works by Kahn from the di Rosa collection, including two key sculptures that have not been exhibited in over 10 years.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016, 4-6 PM
Ned Kahn in Conversation
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition is underwritten by Silverpoint Cellars.
Collection in Focus is an ongoing exhibition series highlighting important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.

About the Artist
Ned Kahn (b. 1960) has gained international prominence for his work combining art, science, and public space. Kahn worked as an apprentice to Frank Oppenheimer, the founder of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, during the 1980s and designed many notable exhibits for the institution. He has gone on to complete numerous public commissions around the world, including recent large-scale public projects in Fort Worth, Texas, and Perth, Australia. His Bay Area installations include Wind Portal (2003), installed in the Bart station at San Francisco Airport; Digitized Field (2004), adorning the side of the AT&T building in downtown Santa Rosa; and Erratic Fence (2014), atop the Art Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. He is currently working on a new piece for the Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco, set to open in fall 2017. Kahn is a 2003 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s genius grant. He lives and works in Sebastopol, CA.

Announcing our new Executive Director

After an extensive 8-month national search, we are proud to announce Robert Sain as di Rosa’s new executive director. He will join di Rosa on January 19, 2016.

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Throughout his career, Robert Sain has pushed the boundaries for redefining education as central to the life of museums. He is known for organizing experimental exhibitions driven by artists’ commissions, public engagement, and social responsibility, and guiding art institutions through critical transformation and growth.
As executive director of Alabama Contemporary Art Center in Mobile (2011-2015), Sain inaugurated a new era inviting global talent to engage people in ideas that matter. He made his mark organizing large-scale thematic exhibitions including History Refused to Die, the largest show of African American artists ever presented in Mobile. He also initiated the organization’s new name, branding and identity.
In Silicon Valley, as executive director of Montalvo Arts Center (2006-2008), Sain led a repositioning of the institution as a regionally based contemporary arts center with global implications. He focused its international artists’ residencies on compelling issues of our time, as seen in the unprecedented initiative IRAQ: REFRAME, which created partnerships with cultural and educational organizations throughout the region.
From 1999-2006, Sain served as founding director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s LACMALab, where he pioneered innovative large-scale exhibitions that were participatory and intergenerational. He challenged artists to produce new work for all ages and broke new ground in activating the permanent collection through artists’ interventions, re-installations, and studio activity. By bringing artists, art students, architects, and designers into the life of the institution, new models for exhibition design and museum practice were investigated.
As director of the Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños in San Diego (1992-1999), Sain launched the first major organization dedicated to contemporary art for kids and their families with a special emphasis on bi-national projects with Mexico. Sain opened The Museum School, the first charter school in California to use contemporary art as the basis for curriculum.
Sain emerged as a leader in the art world by serving as the first development director for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and later launching the first development office for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Originally from Atlanta, he studied European History at Emory University. Before entering the museum field, Sain worked in planning, evaluation, and community relations for an Atlanta-based health center serving low-income families.

Store Holiday Sale

Gatehouse Gallery / Gift Store

Book_webThroughout December we celebrate the season of giving by offering di Rosa members a 20% discount and non-members a 10% discount on all store purchases.*
Drop by our gift store (located in the Gatehouse Gallery) to stock up on stocking stuffers, art books, children’s gifts, and more. From colorful ukuleles to handmade jewelry, there’s something for everyone on your list!
Gift certificates and memberships are also available.
*Some exclusions apply.