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Jean Paul Gaultier in Conversation with Suzy Menkes

On March 24, 2012, Suzy Menkes, fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune, and Jean Paul Gaultier met in the de Young's Koret Auditorium to discuss the designer's career in conjunction with the special exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

Thank you to SFGov TV for providing streaming access and video production for the conversation.

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‪Museum Fakes, Forgeries, and the Quest for Authenticity: A Mini-Symposium‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

On Thursday, February 9, 2012, the de Young hosted an important mini-symposium addressing the issue of Museum, Fakes, Forgeries, and the Quest for Authenticity.

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Definitions and Discernment in the Quest for Authenticity by Christina Hellmich
Definitions and Discernment in the Quest for Authenticity by Christina Hellmich
Fakes and Forgeries in the Marquesas Islands: A Long History presented by Carol Ivory
Fakes and Forgeries in the Marquesas Islands: A Long History presented by Carol Ivory
Tuduc: The World's Most Famous Rug Forger by Stefano Ionescu
Tuduc: The World's Most Famous Rug Forger by Stefano Ionescu
Determining Quality in a 'Royal' Kuba Overskirt by Christine Giuntini
Determining Quality in a 'Royal' Kuba Overskirt: Changing Craft Habit or Pastiche? by Christine Giuntini
The Authenticity of Mentawaian Art: A Perspective from the Field by Juniator Tulius
The Authenticity of Mentawaian Art: A Perspective from the Field by Juniator Tulius
Fakes, Forgeries, and Misattributions on the Pacific Northwest Coast by Robin Wright
Fakes, Forgeries, and Misattributions on the Pacific Northwest Coast by Robin Wright
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Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium

On July 14, 2012 the Legion of Honor hosted a daylong symposium on the art and lives of Man Ray and Lee Miller. The symposium was convened in tandem with the special exhibtion Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism (July 14–October 14, 2012).

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Julian Cox, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium Introduction
Julian Cox, Introduction, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Phillip Prodger, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Philip Prodger, Man Ray ǀ Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism—An Exhibition Overview, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Julie Martin, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Julie Martin, Working Together: Artists and Models in Montparnasse, 1880—1930, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Steven Manford, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Steven Manford, Day One: Lee Miller, Man Ray, and the Fabled Meeting at Le Bateau Ivre, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Antony Penrose | Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Antony Penrose, Man Ray: The Magic Man, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Question and Answer, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
Question and Answer, Man Ray | Lee Miller Symposium
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Mini-Symposium: Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles

Maternity Figure (detail), 12th to 15th century. Mali, Djenne people. Earthenware. Gift of Marcia and John Friede. 2007.6

On February 11, 2010 the Conservaiton Department, the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art and the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textiles Arts hosted a mini-symposium at the de Young. An international lineup of scholars presented some of the major scientific techniques used to analyze works of art and textiles. Their presentations highlighted the advantages and limitations of scientific testing in attempting to answer questions of provenance, dating, authenticity and conservation.

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Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Introduction by Lesley Bone
Mini-Symposium: Applying Science to Our Understanding and Interpretation of Museum Objects
Applying Science to Our Understanding and Interpretation of Museum Objects by Christina Hellmich
Mini-Symposium: Perspectives on Resolving Authenticity and Provenance Issues
Perspectives on Resolving Authenticity and Provenance Issues by Dr. Mark Gilberg
Mini-Symposium: Toy Stories to Textile Stories: The Benefits of X-Ray Vision
Toy Stories to Textile Stories: The Benefits of X-Ray Vision by Dr. Sonia O’Connor
Mini-Symposium: Radiocarbon-Dating Museum Objects
Radiocarbon-Dating Museum Objects by Dr. Greg Hodgins
Mini-Symposium: From Visual Guesstimate to Scientific Estimate – A Turkmen Tent Band Revisited
From Visual Guesstimate to Scientific Estimate–A Turkmen Tent Band Revisited by Jürg Rageth
Mini-Symposium: Conservation of Pre-European Waterlogged Organic Artifacts and Their Context in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Conservation of Pre-European Waterlogged Organic Artifacts and Their Context in Aotearoa, New Zealand by Dilys Johns
Mini-Symposium: Q&A
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Q&A
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Credit
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Credit
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Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium

On February 10, 2011 the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art and the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts hosted Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium at the de Young Museum. Barbara T. Hoffman, Kate Fitz Gibbon and Hermione Waterfield comprised the expert panel of speakers who gave presentations on the topic of provenance in museum and private collecting.

Please click on the thumbnails below to view individual presentations.

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Introduction to Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium
Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium, Introduction
The Law and Ethics of Collecting the Arts of Africa and the South Pacific: The Importance of Provenance
The Law and Ethics of Collecting the Arts of Africa and the South Pacific: The Importance of Provenance
Provenance: The People Behind the Lists, Ledgers, and Labels
Provenance: The People Behind the Lists, Ledgers, and Labels
Art Laws and Social Policy: A Swinging Pendulum
Art Laws and Social Policy: A Swinging Pendulum
Questions of Provenance Q&A
Questions of Provenance: A Mini-Symposium, Q&A
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The Man Who Cannot Die, directed by Mark Eby

Still from The Man Who Cannot Die.

Commissioned by the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art,The Man Who Cannot Die documents the work of the late contemporary artist Kaipel Ka. Ka, who was from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, painted comic book characters and corporate logos on traditional war shields as commentary on the effects of globalization on indigenous cultures.

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The Shield is My Brother, directed by Mark Eby

Shield, reipi (detail), early 20th century. New Guinea, Western Highlands Province, Nebilyer Valley, Melpa and Imbongu language speakers. Wood, pigment, bark fiber. Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III. 2007.44.40

In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, tribal fighting is no longer practiced with bows, arrows, and wooden shields. Commissioned by the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, this film describes the loss of this cultural practice and follows a group of young men in the Waghi valley as they experience the art of shield making for the first time.

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Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Art Conservation

Henry Alexander (American, 1860–1894). Scene from "The Mikado," with Louise Paullin (detail), 1886. Oil on panel. Anonymous gift. 1980.50.3

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this video case study examines the role of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) in art conservation. Through interviews with conservators at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) demonstrates the potential of this new imaging technique for conservation research, treatment, documentation and outreach.

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RTI Results of Konishi Hirosada's Portrait of the Actor Mimasu Daigorō IV

Konishi Hirosada (Japanese, active 1819–1864). The Osaka Actor Mimasu Daigorō IV as Kan Shōjō in the Play “Sugawara denju tenarai kagami” at the Naka Theater (detail), 1851. Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. 1976.1.359

This short video reveals the results of reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) photography conducted by Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), on a mid-nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock print by Konishi Hirosada. The print, which depicts the Osaka actor Mimasu Daigoro IV, is in the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor. Through RTI, the print's embossed and textured surfaces are made apparent, allowing for a better appreciation of the artist's method and technique, and a greater understanding of the complexity of these woodcut prints.

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