Danny Lyon: Message to the Future

Tue Feb 28 (full schedule below)
de Young Museum
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Danny Lyon: Message to the Future is the first comprehensive retrospective of the career of Danny Lyon (American, b. 1942) to be presented in 25 years. The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in summer 2016 before its San Francisco debut.

The exhibition assembles approximately 175 photographs, related films, and ephemeral materials to highlight Lyon’s concern with documenting social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by many to be on the margins of society. The presentation includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at selections from Lyon’s archives alongside important loans from public and private collections in the United States. This is also the first exhibition to assess the artist’s achievements as a filmmaker.

A leading figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon has distinguished himself by the personal intimacy he establishes with his subjects and the inventiveness of his practice. With his ability to find beauty in the starkest reality, Lyon has through his work provided a charged alternative to the bland vision of American life often depicted in the mass media.

Image Credit: Danny Lyon, Tesca, Cartagena, Colombia, 1966. Cibachrome, printed 2008. Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York


de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA
Tue Feb 28 (9:30am-5:15pm)
Wed Mar 1 (9:30am-5:15pm)
Thu Mar 2 (9:30am-5:15pm)
Fri Mar 3 (9:30am-5:15pm)
Sat Mar 4 (9:30am-5:15pm)


  1. de Young Museum
    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA