Since 1977, Julian Schnabel has captured people’s imagination with paintings that speak to his incessant appetite for sculptural physicality, material diversity, and pictorial symbolism. The exhibition, Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life, features a new body of work created for the Legion’s Court of Honor. At twenty-four by twenty-four feet each, the paintings are both monumental in scale and ephemeral in nature.

Acquiring art not only to fill gaps in our collection, but also allows us to display key works that enhance the experience of our special exhibitions. In rare circumstances, an acquisition completely transforms the institution and allows it to present aspects of art history that were not previously possible through the holdings alone.

Our education programs are reaching a larger and more diverse group of learners than ever before, both locally and internationally  through our Digital Stories. We are reaching all age groups: in addition to our new Toddler Tours, we are about to inaugurate a new gallery that takes advantage of children’s natural curiosity to engage their brains using art. For teens, we encourage activism through our annual Teens Take Action event and related programming throughout the year.

While fans were a staple of the eighteenth-century woman’s wardrobe, visitors to the exhibition Fans of the Eighteenth Century at the de Young may be surprised to learn that these accessories were also useful social tools.

How do you recreate the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan in Minecraft? Block by block, of course!

In conjunction with the exhibition Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, the de Young Museum recently released its free Minecraft map of Teotihuacan. The map allows players to visit the ceremonial center of this ancient metropolis and explore towering pyramids, grand plazas, maze-like apartment complexes, and more, all on a 1:1 scale.

Catherine Coueignoux is an associate object conservator with an expertise in furniture conservation. In this post from the object conservation lab, she discusses a decorative technique known as marquetry used in the making of an 18th-century French writing table.