The Great Uncrating: Our de Young Museum Unpacks Whistler’s Mother for Media Scrum

(Note the “r” in scrum, if you would.) Oh baby, our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was all a twitter this morning during the uncrating of Whistler’s Mother - she just came in all the way from France. (This painting makes it to our neck of the woods less often than King Tut, so this is a big deal – we’re lucky to have it.)

The famous image (the fourth most-recognized painting in the world – can you name others?) will star in Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. That big exhibit kicks off May 22nd, 2010.

It was quite the media circus. See?

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But let’s start at the beginning.

Here’s the big box it was shipped in:

It’s a living:

And here she is, up on the wall.

This big show opens soon, right? 

Arrangement in Gray and Black is the official title:

See you there!

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6 Responses to “The Great Uncrating: Our de Young Museum Unpacks Whistler’s Mother for Media Scrum”

  1. tk says:

    I’m totally going to take a stab at this and guess.

    Mona Lisa, obvs., is one of them.
    Is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel considered a “painting”?
    Guernica, maybe? There’s got to be some Picasso on the list.
    That Matisse painting with the guy with an apple over his face.
    “The Persistence of Memory” by Dali.
    Oh, “American Gothic”! That’s got to be one of them.

  2. [...] SFCitizen also has some nice pics of “Whistler’s Mother” finally getting some air after her long journey from Paris. [...]

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Those are all god ones. I was thinking about The Scream as well….

  4. Name W. Held says:

    I’d agree, the Mona Lisa and perhaps American Gothic, too, but before that what about The Last Supper? Dali, Monet, Matisse – ‘classic’ artists, each in thier own vein, Brugal I or H.Bosch? Cezanne…
    Insomnia & Art. I need a gallery to roam around.

  5. tk says:

    *slaps forehead* Last Supper, OF COURSE. Good call, Mr./Ms. Held.

  6. Jim says:

    the apple-faced man is Magritte, not Matisse, but I don’t think that would be the top 4.
    1. Mona Lisa
    2. The Creation of Adam (sistine chapel)
    3. His Station and Four Aces (by C. M. Coolidge)
    4. Whistler’s Mother