Collection Articles

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...
Transits is a series that looks at the movement of art in the Fine Art Museums’ collection. A familiar favorite, Peter Paul Rubens's The Tribute Money was recently deinstalled at the Legion of Honor. Here,...
What does resistance look like, as seen through a camera lens? Three civil rights movement veterans – Chude Allen, Bruce Hartford, and Ron Bridgeforth – meditated on advice they would give to activists today, prompted by...
A lonely two-lane road splits the quiet countryside of Mississippi. A small huddle of white men shield themselves with a sign that reads “Members Only.” A black woman looks away from a funeral procession to challenge the...
In early February, the Fine Arts Museums announced the acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta of 62 works by African-American artists from the Southern United States. These works address some of the most...
Thanksgiving is when you get to use all the best stuff in your kitchen: the gravy boat, the fancy napkins, and, of course, the turkey deep fryer. Louis XIV and the other French monarchs who succeeded him obviously didn’t...
Visitors to Gallery 14 at the de Young immediately encounter the riot of geometric color that is Frank Stella’s impressive 12-foot-square painting, Lettre sur les aveugles II (1974). This vibrant work was the first...
What’s the first thing you notice when you look at the table above? The unexpected and eye-catching red, green and white of the decoration is quite striking in what seems like an otherwise conventional piece of 18th-century...
Debra Evans, head conservator, and Victoria Binder, associate conservator, discuss the challenges of moving this massive artwork, the pressure of working against the clock, and why you shouldn’t bother asking a conservator...
For the first time ever, three prized tapestries from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection will be exhibited together in the Legion of Honor’s Gallery 1. The entire series, known as The Triumph...

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