For San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, a new month means two new exhibitions, set to open this Saturday.
First up is Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson. The featured works are from two American-trained photo journalists, who were documenting both the impact and aftermath of the US-led allied invasion in Iraq, almost a decade ago. Created during a two year span, the photographs of Alford and Anderson covers the emergence of armed forces, and made outside the confinement of the US military embedded journalist program. This was in order to not only get closer to the daily rituals of the Iraqi citizens, but also to show Iraq from an important and neglected point of view. In other words, show how the war affected ordinary people, along with the accompanying political and cultural shifts.
Next up is Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. This exhibition consists of some of the rare holdings from the Vatican Ethnological Missionary Museum, representing artistic achievements by indigenous cultures from Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas. This is the first time in a U.S. exhibition, there is a focus of ethnographic art from the Vatican, thus investigating the various approaches, perspectives, and cultural practices through diverse religious beliefs.
Also at the DeYoung Museum as part of Black History Month, is Aspiration. Located on the museum’s website at deyoung.famsf.org, is it a multimedia perspective of the work of Aaron Douglas, linking between African and Egyptian and African American cultures. Douglas is known for his depiction of historical progressions from slavery to freedom, as well as geographic progressions from Southern sharecropper labor to Northern industrial labor. Once on the link’s page, there will be a square to click on, taking you to the multimedia experience, explaning everything from the artist’s biography to his artistic techniques.