Comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, we are the largest public arts institution in the City of San Francisco and one of the largest art museums in the United States.
The Stories We Tell
Artworks tell multiple stories. Join our museum ambassadors Noelle, Raquel, and Zune as they explore the narratives behind The Crowning of Mirtillo, Birmingham ’63, and the black-figure amphora with lid, from the perspectives of the artists and viewers.
Objects: Birmingham ‘63, Black figure amphora with lid, The Crowning of Mirtillo
Objects of Power
How do objects represent wealth, power, and privilege? In this episode, our museum ambassadors Elisabeth, Kaitlin, and Leighanna discuss how objects can become symbols of power and how they influence their communities and followers.
Objects: Saint Francis, Aspiration, Chief’s Chair
Thinking About Materials
Materials used in art can give us clues to the artist’s process, techniques, and ways of thinking. They can also spark our understanding of the artwork. Join our museum ambassadors Elisabeth, Kaitlin, and Leighanna as they discuss how and why various materials are used in three artworks in the Fine Arts Museums’ collections.
Objects: Gift basket, Blood and Meat: Survival for the World, Hot Water Urn
Let's Get Emotional
What do you see? What do you feel? Art can make us experience a range of emotions. This is one way that we connect to a work of art. In this episode, join our museum ambassadors Andrea, Ankhilan, and De’Yani as they talk about artworks that bring out strong emotions in viewers.
Objects: Superman, Two Women and a Child
So Many Details!
How does visual density affect how you look at an artwork? Join our museum ambassadors Noelle, Raquel, and Zune as they uncover the meaning behind the patterns and embellishments found in Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula’s Children’s story (water dreaming for two children), Nick Cave’s Soundsuit, and the season sarcophagus.
Objects: Season sarcophagus, Children’s story, Soundsuit
How Beliefs are Represented
What do your beliefs mean to you? How do objects represent your beliefs? Join our museum ambassadors Andrea, Ankhilan, and De’Yani as they highlight the multiple ways that objects in the Fine Arts Museums’ collections symbolize belief systems from around the world.
Objects: Torso of a God, Hornbill Mask, The Adoration of Magi