1960s Posters as Fine Art

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Fine art has always been important to San Franciscans. The original deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opened in 1895. And the California Palace of the Legion of Honor opened in 1924. What is defined as art has changed over the years. Now, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the deYoung and the Legion, house “works on paper” and that includes what can be called “protest posters.”One of the artists represented in the museums’ collection is Rupert Garcia, an art student at San Francisco State University in late 1960s. Garcia said, “A faculty person had just come back from Paris in ‘68 following an uprising of students and he talked about what the students were doing to support the strike and he mentioned posters, and that you could make many of them. I had never made a silk screen in my life so I had to learn how to make them under duress. Because cops were looking around at us to make sure that we weren’t using chemicals to make bombs and that kind of stuff. So I learned how to make silk screens on the sly at the art building. And that raised to me the idea of art for the people.”
http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/rupert-garcia-magnolia-editions-projects-1991-2011Damaged by the 1906 earthquake, the deYoung Museum was rebuilt in 1929 and then damaged again by the 1989 earthquake. The current building opened in 2005 to mixed reviews about the architectural design. However, most folks love the view from the new tower. Here is a YouTube clip of the view:

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