Egyptomania takes over SF antiques event

Lisa Podos, the strategic and creative consultant for the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, previews this year’s exciting theme: Egyptomania. The show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at Fort Mason.

How did you come up with the Egyptomania theme? I really believe the show should be an experience, so I try to pick a theme that can be immersive, have a broad appeal and allow for collaborations with other arts and design organizations. In thinking about 2009, the [King] Tut exhibition at the de Young [Museum] immediately struck me as a cultural highlight of the year in San Francisco.

What exactly is Egyptomania? The term Egyptomania means Western fascination with ancient Egyptian arts and design. It has been a source of artistic inspiration throughout the centuries. In fact, I now see Egyptian motifs in popular culture everywhere.

What’s different about this year’s show? A monumental entrance based on the temples at Abu Simbel. A designer vignette inspired by Nefertiti’s garden. A special exhibition called “Nile Style in the Decorative Arts” displayed in huge glass cases surrounding the cafe right in the center of the show.

Will any of the lectures address current controversies around Egyptian antiquities? Sharon Waxman — formerly a reporter for The New York Times and author of “Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World” — will discuss the complicated issues of repatriation.

jbunim@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton has been asked to mediate union contract talks. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Walton tapped to mediate teacher contract talks

District and union at odds over hours in-person students should be in the classroom

California is set to receive supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is still under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Courtesy photo)
California could receive 380K doses of new J&J COVID vaccine next week

California could receive 380,300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine… Continue reading

Disability advocates protested outside the home of San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon. (Courtesy Brooke Anderson)
Vaccine rollout plan for people with disabilities remains deeply flawed

On February 13, disability activists paid a visit to the house of… Continue reading

A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)
Lawsuit reveals new allegations against PG&E contractor accused of fraud

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Utility giant Pacific Gas &… Continue reading

Most Read