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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Blogger Alexis Coe Demystifies Wondrous and Bizarre Museum Collections Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

click to enlarge Alexis Coe

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.

See Also: Read Local Columns
Recent Acquisitions Columns

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.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook. Follow Anna Pulley at @annapulley. She'll tweet you right.
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