From Kezar to Candlestick: The Photography of Frank Rippon 

San Francisco native Frank “Rip” Rippon developed a strong interest in both football and photography while attending Polytechnic High School across the street from Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. After graduating in 1936, Rippon was employed in the Photo Reproduction Department at Standard Oil’s headquarters in San Francisco and freelanced as a photographer for local college football teams.

The Nation’s Game: The NFL from the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Few could have imagined the phenomenal popularity of today’s National Football League (NFL) when representatives from four Ohio football clubs gathered nearly a century ago in Canton, Ohio, to establish a new standard of professional football. Although the game was popular with college teams and semi-professional clubs across the country, there was little press or fan interest outside of the league’s participating cities until the addition of star college players in the late 1920s.

Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea
도자에 마음을 담다

“In modern art, as everyone knows, the beauty of deformity is very often emphasized, insisted upon. But how different is Korean deformity. The former is produced deliberately, the latter naturally. Korean work is merely the natural result of the artisan’s state of mind, which is free from dualistic man-made rules.”

Japanese Toys! From Kokeshi to Kaiju

The Japanese imagination has led to many of the world’s most extraordinary toys. Japanese toys span an unparalleled gamut—from a centuries-long practice of traditional doll making to whimsical folk toys, such as ghostly mechanical kobe figures and papier-mâché guardian dogs. Throughout the prosperous Edo period (1615–1868), many new folk toys originated, including cylindrically shaped, wooden kokeshi dolls, which formed the basis of thriving craft industries.