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Episode 5: Objects of Power

How do objects represent wealth, power, and privilege? In this episode, our museum ambassadors Elisabeth, Kaitlin, and Leighanna discuss how objects can become symbols of power and how they influence their communities and followers. 

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Bernardo del Rincón, Saint Francis, ca. 1650. Polychrome wood, glass, and rope, 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm). Museum purchase, gift of Bank of America, by exchange, 2018.20

Aaron Douglas, Aspiration, 1936. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm). Museum purchase, 1997.84

Chief's chair, 19th–20th centuries. Wood, 20 x 10 x 13 in. (50.8 x 25.4 x 33 cm). Bequest of Axel M. Peterson, 57.13.19

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About Local Voices

Local Voices is a new podcast series from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco designed to celebrate art and Bay Area creativity. Local Voices highlights unique perspectives from Bay Area visual artists, musicians, scholars, community leaders, and thinkers aimed to reframe exhibitions and collections through relevant and local narratives. Through these diverse access points, we welcome the Bay Area community and beyond to engage in meaningful and inspiring narratives.