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2012 Stories by Heidi De Vries

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  • Path of Most Resistance

    published August 29, 2012

    To mangle a cliche: We depend on our students to fling us into the future. When it comes to art, the candidates in our local Masters of Fine Arts... More >>

  • Video of the Day: Dance Choreographed to Erotica

    published Sep 14, 2012

    Long before Fifty Shades of Grey made it kosher to read BDSM lit on BART, Anne Rice wrote her own best-selling erotica trilogy. Based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, Rice's version of the story ... More >>

  • Greening Our Religion

    published February 8, 2012

    The tree, as a motif, repeatedly appears in mythology and ancient tales, often representing a powerful aspect of nature. There’s Yggdrasil... More >>

  • City in Motion

    published June 13, 2012

    If you think street art is confined to the hipster irony of Banksy stencils and Shepard Fairey wheatpastes, think again. There has long been a... More >>

  • Stay Electric

    published August 15, 2012

    The rent is too damn high. Anyone trying to find a place to live in S.F. right now can attest to this, and local businesses are not immune to the... More >>

  • Linear Movement

    published July 4, 2012

    Start with some black lines drawn on a piece of paper. Cut them up. Rearrange them. Collage the scraps onto canvas and add paint. Voila, art! ... More >>

  • Merely Players

    published August 15, 2012

    All the world might be a stage, but it's the temporary proscenium on the fourth floor of SFMOMA that you want to watch right now. On the occasion... More >>

  • Put Your Hands in the Air

    published August 1, 2012

    We've seen Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding a couple times. We know what's involved in an Indian wedding. You've got your piles of marigold... More >>

  • Baroque Obama? SFMOMA Transforms Gallery into Live Performance Space

    published Aug 15, 2012

    All the world might be a stage, but it's the temporary proscenium on the fourth floor of SFMOMA that you want to watch right now. On the occasion of its current "Stage Presence" exhibition, the museu... More >>

  • French Ennui

    published July 25, 2012

    1977 was a very punk year. Bands like the Germs, Crass, Bad Brains, and Black Flag were freaking out parents everywhere, and new albums that are... More >>

  • Ab Fab

    published June 20, 2012

    Maybe it's a hot fuchsia feather boa. Or a cocky top hat. Or the 5-inch platform heels you just scored at Target that look like they cost way more... More >>

  • New Tales to Tell

    published July 11, 2012

    Ever since humans first sat around campfires gnawing wooly mammoth bones, we've been telling stories. What undoubtedly started out as tall tales... More >>

  • Arts and Labor

    published July 18, 2012

    Dorothea Lange is perhaps most famous for a single photograph she took in 1936. In it a mother turns her weary gaze away from the camera, while... More >>

  • A Sound Vision

    published July 4, 2012

    Pamela Z can bend her voice with just a flick of her wrist. One of the first musicians to integrate technology into her live performances, Ms. Z... More >>

  • Down to the Bone

    published May 23, 2012

    Dead men do tell tales. Especially when the bones of the dead men (and women) are neatly arranged in an ossuary or charnel house. One of the... More >>

  • Our "Change of Seasons"

    published May 30, 2012

    In some parts of the world, you can tell spring is turning into summer by reading naturally occurring signs of the seasons — the weather... More >>

  • When Art Works

    published April 11, 2012

    Mushrooms are the new plastics. At least according to San Francisco artist Philip Ross, a man who has spent years coaxing reishi mushrooms into... More >>

  • FEATURED STORY

    Structures and Artifacts Made of Human Bones: Welcome to "The Empire of Death"

    published Jun 01, 2012

    Dead men do tell tales. Especially when the bones of the dead men (and women) are neatly arranged in an ossuary or charnel house. One of the better known collections of human remains makes up the cata... More >>

  • In-Flight Antics

    published April 4, 2012

    Before every dream vacation in a faraway land comes the agony of the long-haul plane flight. We always fantasize about being magically upgraded... More >>

  • Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge

    published May 25, 2012

    It could have been the Bumblebee Bridge, our Golden Gate. Back in 1937 when the iconic span was built, the Navy wanted to make sure ships and planes wouldn't go careening into it and suggested it be p... More >>

  • Portrait(s) of the Artist

    published February 22, 2012

    No one goes to the Moscone Center just to see its bronze bust of the late Mayor George Moscone. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a perfectly... More >>

  • Eat, Write, Leap

    published April 11, 2012

    Change comes whether we like it or not. We get laid off from a job, a close friend moves away, our landlord decides to sell the apartment we rent.... More >>

  • Artists Put Their Creative Skills to Technological Use in Exhibit "Intimate Science"

    published Apr 19, 2012

    Mushrooms are the new plastics. At least according to San Francisco artist Philip Ross, a man who has spent years coaxing reishi mushrooms into the shapes of blocks and other architectural forms in th... More >>

  • Shyly Exhibitionistic

    published March 7, 2012

    The area around Sixth and Market is changing. Known as one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the city, Central Market has seen a recent surge... More >>

  • Bore No More

    published January 25, 2012

    John Baldessari helped kick the conceptual art movement into high gear in the 1960s, when he started incorporating photography and text into his... More >>

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