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C California Style

Day at the Museum

by C California Style

Ana Prvački’s Detour show at the de Young Museum brings high art to your phone

Serbian-born conceptual artist Ana Prvacki culminates her two-year residency at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with a series of site-specific short videos (in partnership with Google Arts & Culture) in a show she’s dubbed “Detour.” The offbeat films can be accessed on an app and triggered at various spots throughout the museum. “I’m very interested in how our bodies are with these phones,” she says. “How do we ameliorate the side effects of staring at a screen or being static? And how many artworks have been destroyed in an attempt to take the perfect selfie?” Two sculptures, including a small marble tombstone entitled Memorial to the Common Bee (with the volunteer flower committee placing blooms at the grave every Monday), round out the exhibition. Through May 5. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., S.F., 415-750-3600; famsf.org.

Written by ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER.
Detour image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.