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In October 2021, artist Al Farrow sat down with conservators Jane Williams and Céline Chrétien to discuss the origins and future of his massive sculpture The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007. The work, a five-...
As anti-Asian sentiment, stirred by the coronavirus pandemic, continues to motivate hate crimes against people of Asian descent in the Bay Area and across the country, and as political relations between the United States and...
To quote the English writer E.M. Forster, the story of the LGBTQIA+ community is “a great unrecorded History.” Largely erased, remnants survive in meaningful glances, rare documents, and powerful visual testimonies that the...
The Iliazd ProjectIn 2020, and during the first half of 2021, much of our work with the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books revolved around the Georgian book artist Ilia Zdanevich, better known as Iliazd....
Rag merchant's bag containing sakiori balls, 1873. Gift of Cynthia Shaver, 2013.44.1. Photograph by Randy Dodson.Prior to industrial manufacturing, and the globalization of our economies, many regional craftspeople...
Earth Day 2021 reminds us that the natural world is a powerful source of wonder and delight. A seventeenth-century work on paper from the Museums’ collection invites us to ponder our ecosystem, its cyclicality, fragility,...
For myself, The de Young Open was an incredible opportunity to be introduced to artists with whose work I was not already familiar. Through the exhibition, the costume textile arts department was able to make key...
One of the most significant features of The de Young Open was the option for the artists to sell their works and retain all the proceeds. While the myth of the “starving artist” who lives and dies only for their...

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