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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: Oakland Museum Receives Haunted Dress and Shackles

Recent Acquisitions: Oakland Museum Receives Haunted Dress and Shackles

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds every Friday. Anonymous donations are pari passu at cultural institutions, so when Veda…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Genealogy Research Just Got a Whole Lot Easier -- and Closer

Genealogy Research Just Got a Whole Lot Easier -- and Closer

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. 43,000 new case files now call the National Archives in San…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: Cabinet of Curiosities Keeps Santa Cruz Weird

Recent Acquisitions: Cabinet of Curiosities Keeps Santa Cruz Weird

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Getting through the front door was easy. Getting to the next…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mission Dolores Acquires ... a Human

Mission Dolores Acquires ... a Human

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Can cultural institutions acquire people? According to Andrew Galvan, the only mission…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Conservatory Gets a Flower That Smells Like Rotting Meat

Conservatory Gets a Flower That Smells Like Rotting Meat

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. I lit out in the dead of night, in search of an…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sell a Work of Art, Create a Scandal: The Ongoing Battle Over "Deaccessioning"

Sell a Work of Art, Create a Scandal: The Ongoing Battle Over "Deaccessioning"

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Next Thursday (May 17), moneyed admirers of American artist Edward Hopper can…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Body Hair Included: Mills College Gets a Painting by Feminist Artist Sylvia Sleigh

Body Hair Included: Mills College Gets a Painting by Feminist Artist Sylvia Sleigh

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. In one painting, a nude man poses as a reclining odalisque, a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Fire Department Museum Finds Three Muybridge Photos -- in Its Own Archive

Fire Department Museum Finds Three Muybridge Photos -- in Its Own Archive

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Curator Jamie O'Keefe was conducting a standard inventory check at the San…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Music Exec Donates Rare Pinball Machines to Alameda Museum

Music Exec Donates Rare Pinball Machines to Alameda Museum

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. To my knowledge, real estate maneuvers and pinball machines have little in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Long Now Foundation Promises to Preserve Civilization -- On a Three-Inch Disk

The Long Now Foundation Promises to Preserve Civilization -- On a Three-Inch Disk

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. By now, you know the acquisition story: Museums tirelessly pursue a coveted…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Silence = Death: GLBT Historical Society Acquires Prints by Local Activist Photographer

Silence = Death: GLBT Historical Society Acquires Prints by Local Activist Photographer

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Patrick Clifton now spends his days teaching high school in the East…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Endangered Peccaries Find a Safe Home at the S.F. Zoo

Endangered Peccaries Find a Safe Home at the S.F. Zoo

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. There have been a lot of rumors about the San Francisco Zoo's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Berkeley Art Museum Gets Its First Collage by "New York's Most Famous Unknown Artist"

Berkeley Art Museum Gets Its First Collage by "New York's Most Famous Unknown Artist"

​​Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Last fall, Larry Rinder found himself standing before artist Ray Johnson's Man…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Gas-Powered Vibrator Finds Home in Good Vibes' Antique Sex Toy Museum

Gas-Powered Vibrator Finds Home in Good Vibes' Antique Sex Toy Museum

Most curators in San Francisco's arts community have degrees in disciplines such as paintings or textiles, but Carol Queen is the first sexologist/curator I've encountered. Queen started working at Good Vibrations while completing a doctorate in human sexuality; she stayed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Artist John Severin Donates Work to Cartoon Art Museum Shortly Before His Death

Artist John Severin Donates Work to Cartoon Art Museum Shortly Before His Death

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. In December, the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum received a call…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Creeptastic German-Mask Book Lands at Museum of Performance and Design

Creeptastic German-Mask Book Lands at Museum of Performance and Design

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. "I really must stay away, but I can't," Bill Eddleman declares. He's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist De Young Gets M&#x101;ori Cloak Made on Site <br>From Flax in Golden Gate Park

De Young Gets Māori Cloak Made on Site
From Flax in Golden Gate Park

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The de Young Museum welcomes a new artist-in-residence every month, but it…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chairs Bought at a Yard Sale 30 Years Ago Find a New Home -- the Asian Art Museum

Chairs Bought at a Yard Sale 30 Years Ago Find a New Home -- the Asian Art Museum

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. When Dr. Forrest McGill makes a house call, there's usually talk of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFMOMA Gets Richard Serra's <i>Taraval Beach</i> -- A Work That's Built Into a Wall

SFMOMA Gets Richard Serra's Taraval Beach -- A Work That's Built Into a Wall

In 1977, Richard Serra made an unexpected contribution to the Whitney Museum's Biennial exhibition. Instead of his well-known, large-scale steel sculptures, he offered a wall-size abstraction he called an "Installation Drawing." Serra did not pay homage to the Whitney's Upper…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Beat Museum Finally Gets a '49 Hudson Like the Car in <i>On the Road</i>

The Beat Museum Finally Gets a '49 Hudson Like the Car in On the Road

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The day Jerry Cimino opened the Beat Museum in North Beach, he…
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