Still Rooms & Excavations

Still Rooms & Excavations

Tenazas Design, San Francisco, California, 1997


Still Rooms & Excavations was a collaborative effort with my husband, Richard Barnes. This catalogue (and the traveling exhibition it accompanies) documents the seismic excavation of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and the ensuing discovery of a potter’s field underneath the museum. In designing Still Rooms, my desire was to highlight the photographs in a way that was both provocative and understated, allowing the images to speak for themselves. My own intervention was minimal, out of respect both for Richard’s work and for those buried beneath the DeYoung. The size of Still Rooms and Excavations reflects the enormity of the project itself, a project that literally delved beneath the surface. Like the site it documents, this piece has a tactility and emotional draw that are nearly palpable. The pacing of Still Rooms is as quiet as the title suggests: hushed and measured, almost to the point of stillness.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 1997
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book


Design firm
Tenazas Design
Art director
Lucille Tenazas
Graphic designer
Kelly Tokerud
Richard Barnes
Richard Barnes, Douglas Nickel
Bauer Bodoni
The Studley Press
Mohawk Superfine White, Warren Lustro Dull Enamel Cream
Richard Barnes