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Christina Hellmich co-curates Lisa Reihana in Pursuit of Venus [infected] exhibition

Opening August 10, 2019
July 11, 2019

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) are pleased to announce the acquisition and exhibition of the video work in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2015), by New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana. In its first exhibition in the continental United States, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] takes possession of the entire upstairs special-exhibition space at the de Young. The presentation at the de Young will include Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique wallpaper and an 18th-century folio with engravings of scenes from captain James Cook’s travels in the Pacific Ocean—both also from the Museums’ holdings. Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is co-organized by Christina Hellmich, Curator in Charge of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming. in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2015) was acquired collectively by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco through the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2019. In development for more than a decade, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] premiered in 2015 and has since made critically acclaimed appearances at the 2017 Venice Biennale; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; The Royal Academy of Art, London; and the Honolulu Museum of Art, among other venues.

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