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In October 2021, artist Al Farrow sat down with conservators Jane Williams and Céline Chrétien to discuss the origins and future of his massive sculpture The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007. The work, a five-...
Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present challenges many common assumptions surrounding the use of pastel as a medium. The exhibition attests to both how the medium was applied well beyond the...
In the Birth Project (1980–1985), Judy Chicago wanted to call attention to a universal experience not commonly depicted in the arts: childbirth. While researching, she was struck by the lack of images showing crowning—the...
When it comes to materials, Judy Chicago is an artist without limits. Throughout her six-decade career, she has been known for many things but not for any one technique or medium. She has mastered skills in ceramics, metals...
I didn’t know what to expect as I began my summer internship at the de Young museum within the costume and textiles department. I was both nervous and thrilled. I worried that the space might prove to be inaccessible to me...
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s extensive and diverse pastel collection is the subject of the exhibition Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, on view at the Legion of Honor from...