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The Power of Moving Image \ The de Young Open, hosted by curator Claudia Schmuckli

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Miguel Novelo, The Tide, 2018

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Featured Artists

Gazelle Samizay’s work in photography, video, and mixed media has been exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London; the California Museum of Photography, Riverside; and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; and is part of LACMA’s permanent collection. She is also a recipient of the Princess Grace Experimental Film Honoraria.

Miguel Novelo is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores the contemporary use of language, the ambiguity of translations, the space in memories, and the aesthetics of miscommunication. Novelo uses new media, interactivity, and expanded cinema to create participatory storytelling platforms.

Tina Takemoto is a filmmaker exploring hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and trauma in Asian and Asian American history. Takemoto manipulates found footage through labor-intensive processes of painting, scratching, and lifting emulsion. By engaging tactile dimensions of the archive, Takemoto conjures up immersive queer historical fantasies.

Angelica Yanu is an Oglala Lakota interdisciplinary Artist working within concepts of Identity, Indigenous homeland, and traditional knowledge through the combined language of Printmaking and Sculpture. Angelica’s work evokes remembrance through the ceremonial interaction with her homelands Landscape is referred to as a non-static idea, but a dynamic site of cultural practice.


Claudia Schmuckli is the inaugural Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since joining the Museums in 2016, she has developed exhibitions and commissions with Sarah Lucas, Urs Fischer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Leonardo Drew, DIS, and Ranu Mukherjee and acquired works by The Propeller Group, Carrie Mae Weems, Tony Feher, Jessica Stockholder, and Terry Adkins. Previously, she was Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, where she organized over thirty exhibitions including solo shows dedicated to Matthew Ronay, Analia Saban, Slavs and Tatars, Candice Breitz, Tony Feher, Johan Grimonprez, Gabriel Kuri, Chantal Akerman, and Amy Sillman among many others. 

About the Exhibition

In celebration of the de Young museum’s 125th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are hosting The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition of submissions by artists who live in the nine Bay Area counties. Works of art in The de Young Open are hung “salon-style,” installed edge to edge and floor to ceiling, which enables a maximum number of works to be displayed. The de Young filled the 12,000-square-foot Herbst Exhibition Galleries with 877 artworks by 762 Bay Area artists.

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