Judy Chicago, Walter Hood, & John Maeda to be Honored at The Fine Arts Museums Of San Francisco’s “On The Edge” Benefit


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) will be kicking off a new tradition with its inaugural On the Edge benefit on Friday, March 27, 2020. This new, annual marquee fundraising event will honor pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, Oakland-based, artist and landscape designer Walter Hood, and technologist and designer, John Maeda for their extraordinary achievements and commitment to the arts community.

Study for Flesh Gardens/Big Blue Pink. 1971. Prismacolor on paper. 22 in. x 22 in. Photo: © Donald Woodman. Photo courtesy of Judy Chicago / Art Resource, NY.

FAMSF, which includes the de Young and the Legion of Honor Museums, has brought on New York-based designer, Bronson van Wyck, to style the event, which will honor the de Young’s 125th anniversary and celebrate the next centenary at the museums.

Smoke Goddess/Woman with Orange Flares, Judy Chicago, 1972, photo courtesy of Through the Flower

Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. The first retrospective of the artist’s work; Judy Chicago: A Retrospective will open at the de Young on May 9, 2020. Walter Hood is a landscape and public artist creating urban spaces. His firm, Hood Design Studio, specializes in creating environments where residents share physical, social, political, and economic resources. John Maeda is an American technologist, designer, engineer, artist, investor, author, and teacher. He is Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient, the technology consulting and delivery arm of communications and marketing conglomerate Publicis.

The New de Young Museum gardens in Golden Gate Park by Walter Hood’s Hood Design Studio. Photo courtesy of Hood Design Studio.

Event Co-Chairs include Kate Harbin Clammer and Adam Clammer, Kathryn and Bo Lasater, Amy and Drew McKnight, Jessica and Jason Moment, and Allison Speer, and Honorary Chair, Diane B. Wilsey. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is the largest public arts institution in Northern California, welcoming about 1.5 million visitors annually.

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