The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (AFGA) is located in the lower level of the Legion of Honor. The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council (AGAC) is staffed by an administrative assistant who works on site, part-time. The assistant may be reached at AGACadmin@famsf.org or (415) 750-3676.
Print Study Room
The Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Study Room, AFGA's study center, welcomes visitors who wish to learn about and research the graphic arts. (Museum admission is required in order to reach the Study Room).
The Room is generally open to museum visitors on Saturdays from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Volunteers, many of them AGAC members, are usually on hand to answer questions about printmaking and show examples of printmaking tools and materials.
Members of the public may also ask to view specific works from the Achenbach’s collections, subject to AFGA staff availability. Individual appointments are offered on Thursdays, 10am-noon and 2-3pm. To inquire, email email@example.com.
The Achenbach’s extensive collection may also be searched via the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s online collection database, FAMSF Collections.
Galleries and Exhibitions
AFGA offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions in two permanent galleries: In the de Young Museum, the Anderson Gallery is dedicated to contemporary American graphic art. In the Legion of Honor, the Logan Gallery is dedicated to artist books, portfolios, and related works. Anderson and Logan exhibitions are composed almost exclusively of works from the AFGA collections.
A second gallery in the de Young is dedicated to photography, drawing on the FAMSF’s collections as well as loan exhibitions.
AFGA also organizes major exhibitions that are shown in the special exhibition galleries at the de Young and the Legion. These have included “Rembrandt’s Century” in 2013, and “Impressionist Paris: City of Light” and “Japaneseque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism,” which both opened in 2010. In 2015, to mark the centennial of San Francisco’s Pacific-Panama International Exhibition, AFGA is developing an ambitious exhibition that will include paintings and sculpture, as well as graphic arts.