Our doors may be closed, but we are motivated to forge ahead knowing that our community needs the solace and inspiration of art more than ever.
You have reached our new landing page for online offerings. Here, we have collected our favorite articles about the collections and exhibitions, videos about conservation, interviews with curators—all to let you Museum from Home.
Upcoming Museums from Home Live Events:
Wednesday, May 27 \ Saint Francisco and San Francisco
Martin Chapman, Interim Curator in Charge of European Art and Thomas Wu, Curatorial Assistant, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture will discuss our sculpture of Saint Francis, created in the 1600s, and how it relates to today's current events. Then, we'll reflect on how we are seeing optimism, sacrifice, endurance, and humanity—qualities that Saint Francis, our city's patron saint and namesake, was known for—around the world during this global pandemic.
Thursday, May 28 \ Uncanny Valley: Artist Stephanie Dinkins
This conversation, between Janna Keegan, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Programming and artist Stephanie Dinkins will expand on Dinkin's piece, Conversations with Bina48 featured in the exhibition. The piece questions how value systems are built into AI and the construction of identity.
Friday, May 29 \ Travelogues: Saudia Arabia, Malaysian and Indonesia
Jill D'Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts, traveled across the world as part of curatorial research for our 2018–2019 exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions. In this Travelogue, Jill will share a behind-the-scenes look from visiting designers in their studio and photos from other important sites.
Miss an event? You can always access our previous chats and sessions here.
Converse: Stephanie Dinkins “Conversations with Bina48”
Transdisciplinary artist and educator Stephanie Dinkins is concerned with fostering AI literacy. Her ongoing work takes the form of a series of interactions with the social robot Bina48.
Highlight: Vigee Le Brun’s Portraits
The painter fled the French Revolution. Once abroad, she confronted a new reality, and a new type of patroness.
Meditate: With Saint Francis on Virtue and Humanity
What quiet truths can be learnt from a recent acquisition?
Hike: Hadrian’s Wall with A Curator of Ancient Art
Visit this stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire to stop attacks by Scottish tribes.
Travel: to Mexico CIty with our Director of Exhibitions
Krista Brugnara shares how a fateful trip, preparing for our 2017 Teotihuacan exhibition, led to the Frida Kahlo show we have been waiting to share with visitors.
Prepare: Safeguard Your Personal Art Collection
Mike Lai, Senior Mountmaker at the Museum, discusses ways you can protect your art from the risk of an earthquake.
Be Dazzled: Christian Dior’s Sister Dresses “Junon” and “Venus”
These gowns are highlights of our fashion collection, and were both recently conserved.
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Read: Curator Hillary Olcott on “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving”
This exhibition’s journey to San Francisco was decades in the making.
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