We don't mean to brag (much), but we have some truly kick-ass writers here at the Exhibitionist. Unsurprisingly, they lead varied and fascinating lives when they're not blogging about art and culture. Comedy writer Dana Sitar runs DIY Writing, a place (and e-book) for budding writers to connect with other writers, share resources, and discover new work. Vanessa Pinto curates sexy circus shows in her spare time. Evan Karp runs a fantastic reading series (and nonprofit), and on and on. Today we're thrilled to mention that Alexis Coe, who writes the awesome Read Local and Recent Acquisitions columns here, is giving a panel talk tonight at the Commonwealth Club, the nation's premiere public affairs forum.
Coe's panel, called Recent Acquisitions: Bay Area Museums Collect, attempts to demystify the process of how museums acquire works. For instance, what does John F. Kennedy have to do with a rare PEZ dispenser? How did Oakland acquire a haunted dress and shackles? How does the Long Now Foundation plan on preserving civilization in a three-inch disk? Topics like this and countless other bizarre and fascinating tales are sure to unfold tonight.
Joining Coe are:
Susan Goldstein, City Archivist of San Francisco
Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford
Julie M. Muñiz, Associate Curator of Crafts and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California
Forrest McGill, Ph.D.; Chief Curator and Wattis Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Asian Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions: Bay Area Museums Collect starts Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market (at Second St.), S.F. Admission is $7-$20.