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In its first exhibition in the continental United States, the artist Lisa Reihana’s extraordinary 70-foot-long video, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]—recently acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—is...
In this edition of Transits, a series that looks at the movement of art in the Museums’ galleries, we’re highlighting three paintings by Peter Paul Rubens. These works, usually on view in Gallery 14 at the Legion of Honor,...
The ongoing installation, Native Artists of Western North America, spans over one thousand years of artistic expression. It encompasses diverse peoples and places and provides a glimpse of the natural, cultural, and...
Thanks to the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco recently acquired Pat Steir’s monumental Black and White One-Stroke Waterfall (1992). One of the most powerful paintings from the artist’s...
FRAME|WORK is a weekly blog series that highlights an artwork in the Museums permanent collections. Today we commemorate the 1906 earthquake and ensuing fire that ravaged the majority of San Francisco. Arnold Genthe’s ...
Many of the objects in our vast collections of works from Africa and the Americas are imbued with transformative properties. Representing rebirth and renewal, such objects were used during spring and summer to compel deities...
It’s not unusual to see political messaging on clothing and accessories these days, from T-shirts promising hope to baseball caps vowing to make America great. But in the first half of the twentieth century, such messaging...
Interested in learning more about La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France or artists' books? Find a list of further reading and other resources below. La Prose du Transsibérien is on...
In any discussion of the pre-war artistic milieu of Paris, there is no more acute observer than Marjorie Perloff, who has written extensively on La Prose du Transsibérien, Cubism, Futurism, and other avant-garde...
The first commissioned artist project for the de Young’s iconic Hamon Tower Observatory, The Companions: Sounds for a Lost Screenplay, is a cinematic audio environment created by artist Anthony Discenza in...

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