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3D Printing a Custom Support for an 18th-century French Clock

3D scanning and printing have made their mark on popular culture in the past couple of years with eye-catching headlines like “Researchers Closing in on Printing 3D Hearts” and “Tools of Modern Gunmaking.” Many museums have also started using 3D printing to foster greater engagement and creativity between their visitors and collections. As a cultural institution, one of the main challenges when experimenting with new technologies is to understand and evaluate how it can be used to benefit or bolster our collection and mission, and try to get beyond the initial “whoa—that’s cool!” factor.

The MakerBot
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Q&A with August Artist-in-Residence Peggy Gyulai

August Artist-in-Residence Peggy Gyulai explores the connections between music and the expressive possibilities of paint on canvas in her work. She listens to and looks at music as a subject, object, inspiration, and—like Richard Diebenkorn—invokes the dynamic tension between the poles of abstraction and representation, creating substance from ephemeral phenomena.

Profile picture of Peggy Gyulai
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Tales from the de Young Summer Art Camp

This blog post was written by Holly Olive Turney

The de Young Summer Art Camp continues as our Apprentices, Artisans, and Masters observe, describe, and record their adventures.

During the last two weeks, campers practiced their drawing and painting skills using a full range of materials—including charcoal, chalk pastel, china markers, watercolor, acrylic, and oil—and filling up their sketchbooks and canvases.

de Young Summer Art campers exploring the environs of Golden Gate Park
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Ruth Asawa (1926–2013)

SAN FRANCISCO (August 7, 2013) —The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are saddened by the loss of Ruth Aiko Asawa, who died on August 6, 2013, at the age of 87. Asawa was a groundbreaking modernist sculptor with whom the Museums enjoyed a long-standing relationship. An internationally exhibited artist, teacher, arts advocate, and Museum trustee, she leaves a remarkable legacy.

Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883–1976). Untitled (Ruth Asawa holding a looped wire sculpture), 1952. Sepia toned gelatin silver print. Gift of Ruth Asawa and Albert Lanier. 2006.114.1

Untitled (Ruth Asawa holding a looped wire sculpture), 1952
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Cracking the Conservation of a Curious Contemporary Construction

In 2004 artist Matthew Picton laid a sheet of plastic over the cracks in the asphalt of a playground. He traced the cracks and painted them with black enamel paint. Then he carefully cut and burned away the plastic surrounding the cracks. What was left was a giant spidery web.

Matthew Picton, 2004.Cut-Out Drawing #3 Briscoe School Playground. 86 X 120 inches. Duralar, pins, enamel. Museum Purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. 2006.27

A conservator installing the web-like construction by Mattew Picton
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The Faces of Fair Trade

At nearly seven feet tall, draped in his traditional Tuareg robe of indigo, Elhadji Koumama stands as a monument to generations of Koumama craftsmen and their history.

Elhadji Koumama is nearly seven feet tall and draped in traditional Tuareg robes
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