March 21, 1871


From the SFAI Library & Archives: SFAI Turns 151!


Happy Birthday SFAI! These are the original minutes of the very first meeting of the San Francisco Art Association (progenitor of both the SFAI and SFMOMA) which took place 151 years ago today!!!



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The San Francisco Art Institute hosted a gala extravaganza inDecember 1949, titled: The Unknown, a theme conjured up by artist Clay Spohn along with his friend, Mark Rothko. The “costume carnival...attracted 1,600 guests'' in “bizarre outfits” along with “Supper, Bar, Distractions, Dancing” and Spohn’s“Museum of Little Known and Unknown Objects”installed in Studio 13. The Unknownwas emblematic of a dramatically changed post-WW2 new art culture that would soon pivot again toward the fascinating frenzied future of the 19Fifties.



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This week’sNew York Times“Overlooked No More” obituary gave a wonderful biographical profile of “Barbara Shermund, Flapper-Era Cartoonist.” Shermund studied at SFAI (then known as the California School of Fine Arts) from 1917 through 1922, a noted student whose work was featured in the School’s College Catalogs during this period. She went on to be hired by theNew Yorkerin its earliest days by Harold Ross and their first art editor, Rea Irvin (who wasalsoan alum of SFAI). For theNew Yorker“she did almost 600 cartoons” with “sassy captions with a fresh, feminist voice.” An exhibition of Shermund’s work in 2018 at the Ohio State University Library curated by Caitlin McGurk was titled,Tell Me a Story Where the Bad Girl Wins.”


Read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/04/obituaries/barbara-shermund-overlooked.html

https://library.osu.edu/exhibits/tell-me-a-story-where-the-bad-girl-wins-the-life-and-art-of-barbara-shermund







With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.