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Specters of Disruption

M.H. de Young Museum

Specters of Disruption is the result of an inquiry into the shared encyclopedic collections of the de Young and Legion of Honor museums, performed with an eye toward patterns that might suggest a storyline within a collective institutional subconscious. The narratives of disruption that emerged from this process speak to the museums' deep grounding in their origins and geographies. Drawing from their historic holdings and re-contextualizing them with modern and contemporary art, Specters of Disruption connects the museums' colonial and geological underpinnings to the current conditions of the Bay Area and the evolving trajectories of American art histories. Unfolding through several galleries, this presentation is conceived in five chapters that revolve around different manifestations of disruption within nature, history and myth, culture and technology.


This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about Specters of Disruption :

This exhibition mines the shared encyclopedic collections of the de Young and the Legion of Honor, both part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, in an effort to look for an emergent subconscious thread in the two museum collections. What emerges are narratives of disruption, from the museum’s colonial and geological underpinnings to present-day conditions in contemporary life.

Event Info
Ends in 116 days:
Aug 15 → Nov 11
Tue-Sun 9:30 am-5:15 pm
$12-$16
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Info: 415-750-3600
Venue: 863-3330
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