Founded in 1987, the original location of Haines Gallery was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake at which time the gallery relocated to its current home at 49 Geary Street in downtown San Francisco. This dynamic space was custom built from the telecommunications offices of the original 1908 Western Union Company.
Haines Gallery has become well recognized for its diverse exhibition program, its timely and thought-provoking off-site projects and commissions, and its dedication to identifying and fostering new local talent alongside internationally established artists. This predisposition has resulted in a lengthy history of groundbreaking exhibitions including the first major West Coast exhibitions for Shirin Neshat, Liza Lou, Andy Goldsworthy, Joel Sternfeld and the Young British Artists. To date the gallery has presented over 259 solo and group exhibitions by artists from America, Europe and Asia.
The international tenor of our program is demonstrated by exhibitions such as German Art Now, a show organized in collaboration with the German Government for the United Nations 50th year celebration in San Francisco in 1995. In 1999 Haines hosted Now Its My Turn to Scream, an exhibition featuring recent works from the acclaimed Young British Artists. 2002 was marked by two particularly noteworthy exhibitions including the gallery's 15th anniversary show followed by Andy Goldsworthy's first real-time exhibition from Scotland. More recently James Turrell's After Green, was a full-scale light installation that the gallery commissioned in 2003 to coincide with the showing of an important early installation by the artist at SFMOMA. In the past year we also presented the first West Coat exhibitions for Chinese artist Li Jin and Japanese artist Tokihiro Sato.
In addition to a rigorous exhibition schedule, Haines Gallery's primary focus is on supporting museum exhibitions and acquisitions, and facilitating a variety of "extra curricula" satellite programs including public commissions, curating touring exhibitions and the production of project documentation. Projects of this nature included COUNTERSPACE, a citywide series of installations in six locations, which promoted young Bay Area conceptual artists to the international audience here for the opening of SFMOMA in 1995. Haines co-organized Alan Rath: Robotics with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 1999 and most recently we curated Goldsworthy's Mountain and Coast Autumn into Winter, a portfolio of work created in Japan in 1987, to eight different museums throughout the US; each with accompanying catalogues.
In Fall 2005 Haines Gallery was intimately involved with the opening of the new De Young Museum in San Francisco. The gallery facilitated two of the major permanent commissions by Andy Goldsworthy and James Turrell and had another five of our artists included in the inaugural hang of the contemporary collection. Concurrently, Haines Gallery exhibited a major new series of Stone Light Drawings by Andy Goldsworthy in dialogue with the work at the de Young.
Haines Gallery also aspires to promote art education and support the production of new work. Cheryl Haines has recently established the FOR-SITE Foundation, a not for profit project-based artist in residency program dedicated to facilitating the creation of new work specifically for exhibition in West Coast museums. Of primary interest are artists who are involved in the pursuit of making art about place. Institutional partners include such prestigious museum and universities as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Art Institute, LACMA, MOCA, MCA San Diego, California College of the Arts, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Asian Art Museum.