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"Silhouettes and Conversations with Alexandra Blum, August Artist-in-Residence" by Naomi Huth, Education Intern

On August 19th, I sat down with current Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Blum, to learn more about her artistic background and the connection between teaching and creating art. Ms. Blum strives to humanize the private expereince by bringing in different techniques that transform museum going into a shared technique.

(Naomi Huth currently works as an intern for the Public Programs Department at the de Young.)

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ME'DI.ATE's Soundwave Festival Finishes Up at the de Young Tonight, August 13

Friday Nights: Cultural Encounters at the de Young is excited to be the host of the closing of ME’DI.ATE’s Soundwave Festival, featuring The Drift. We will celebrate all that is at the intersection of space and sound this Friday. And what better place to experience experimental sound than in the angular public lobby of the de Young Museum under the shadow of Gerhard Richter’s Strontium?

The Drift
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"Reinvention with Jeanine Briggs, July Artist-in-Residence" by Naomi Huth, Education Intern

On July 15th, I sat down with current Artist-in-Residence, Jeanine Briggs, to learn more about her artistic background, the journey and inspiration behind her found object artwork, and the ideas that created the participatory project of an early 21st-century Detritussaurus. Appearing in galleries, museums, public spaces, trade shows, corporate collections, and government offices, her work has been exhibited extensively in California and in New York City.

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New Acquisition on View: The Absinthe Drinkers by Jean-François Raffaëlli

Visitors to the exhibition Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay can get a look at one of the Fine Arts Museum's newest acquisitions, The Absinthe Drinkers (Les buveurs d'absinthe), 1881, by Jean-François Raffaëlli (French, 1850–1924). The Absinthe Drinkers is widely regarded as among Raffaëlli's most important and accomplished paintings. It can be viewed at the entrance to Birth of Impressionism this summer, but will eventually take up permanent residence in the Legion of Honor's gallery 19.

Although not counted among the Impressionists, the Realist Raffaëlli nonetheless exhibited The Absinthe Drinkers (at the invitation of Degas, who sought to increase the number of figural painters involved) at the sixth Impressionist group show in 1881.There it caused a sensation due to its gritty imagery and portrayal of the devastating effects of addiction to the potent drink absinthe.

The Absinthe Drinkers, 1881
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Introduction of Jeanine Briggs' "Transfigurations", July 2010 Artist-in-Residence by Gregory Stock, Education Intern

Walking into the Kimball Education gallery this month, a visitor might experience a childhood flashback of placing collector cards in the wheel spokes of your first bike, or scenes from Pixar’s recent film, WALL-E. In Jeanine Briggs' Transfigurations, the artist-in-residence incorporates trash and found materials in a variety of forms including small characters, masks, and full body representations.

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