This week marks the opening of a truly historic exhibition at the de Young Museum, and we are proud to be the publishing partner for the lavishly illustrated accompanying catalogue, Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition.


Timed with the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915, Jewel City presents a large and representative selection of artworks from the fair, emphasizing the variety of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints that greeted attendees. It is unique in its focus on the works of art that were scattered among the venues of the exposition—the most comprehensive art exhibition ever shown on the West Coast. It notably included the first American presentations of Italian Futurism, Austrian Expressionism, and Hungarian avant-garde painting, and there were also major displays of paintings by prominent Americans, especially those working in the Impressionist style.

This slideshow showcases just some of the delights of the exhibit.

Don’t miss visiting the museum for this rich and fascinating study of a critical moment in American and European art history. You will be transported back to an artistic salon inside the Palace of Fine Arts, and impressed by stunning works by famous and unknown artists alike.

Member preview hours are today, and the opening day of the exhibit (Saturday, October 17th) coincides with a free community day in celebration of 10 years of the new de Young.

Coverage of the exhibition can be explored via the below links, and for additional events celebrating the centennial of the PPIE visit,

SF Gate exhibition review

SF Gate exhibition feature

Wall Street Journal exhibition feature