Clothes tell the story of an age. A dress can reveal the defining spirit of a particular period, or capture the preoccupations of a historical moment. These examples from the 2015 exhibition, High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, help trace the evolution of fashion over the twentieth century.Read More »
What’s the first thing you notice when you look at the table above? The unexpected and eye-catching red, green and white of the decoration is quite striking in what seems like an otherwise conventional piece of 18th-century furniture. This writing table was crafted between 1745-1749 in France by a master cabinetmaker, or ébéniste, known to the world by his initials, BVRB (for Bernard II van Risen Burgh).Read More »
Debra Evans, head conservator, and Victoria Binder, associate conservator, discuss the challenges of moving this massive artwork, the pressure of working against the clock, and why you shouldn’t bother asking a conservator for cleaning advice.Read More »
“Indispensable” is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to describe a tool that’s essential to their work.
“I cut myself all the time. She never does.”Read More »
Anne Getts, Mellon Assistant Textiles Conservator
On the Grid: Textiles & Minimalism, currently on view in the Textiles Gallery at the de Young, presented the textile conservation lab with a variety of mounting challenges. Among these challenges was determining the ideal way to display a dip-dyed and hand painted Moroccan woman’s headcover, or adghar ibrdane tasslit, with a bulky tassel located at each of the four corners.Read More »
Along with a passion for California and the West Coast, a key theme in Ed Ruscha's work and Ed Ruscha and the Great American West is the abundance and playfulness of words. Throughout his career, Ruscha experimented with words, song lyrics and sayings, even filling notebooks with them and waiting for the moment that the temperature of a word becomes "really hot."Read More »