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Art from the African-American South from the Collections of the DeYoung Museum
Do you have the ability to see and create art out of something completely ordinary? To find meaning in things that other people might overlook, even throw away? For centuries African American artists working in the Southern part of the United States had to “make do,” utilizing whatever materials they could find; but what emerged will make you reconsider what art can and should be.
With the addition of 65 objects, purchased from the Souls Run Deep Foundation, the Fine Arts Museums expands their collection of African American art created by until now largely unknown artists. Join us as we take a look at the ingenuity and creativity that can be borne of oppression and sacrifice.
One of our favorite docents, Marsha Holm, will lead us in this intriguing exploration. Marsha Holm has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This event is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Alameda.