Archive for the ‘art’ Category

If You’re Looking for Rainbow-Colored, Electrified Paper Lanterns Hanging from Trees, Head Over to Market Street

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The installation looked a bit tricky:

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‘Cause you know, many Frisco street trees kill / harm people who aren’t horsing around in them. Our poorly-selected municipal sidewalk “forest” is tres fragile, non? (I would have expected an expensive ladder truck and an expensive crew of five or so SFGov workers. You know, now I’m starting to wonder if this is an official project. Maybe it’s some kind of prank, who knows.)

MUSICAL INTERLUDE:

You hung your lights in the trees
That’s how many came to grief

Oh here we go, all done. Look, Jennifer Aniston approves:

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(Hey, why do we have Victorian-era, 17 foot tall magazine ad towers on the sidewalks and Streets of San Francisco? IDK, political corruption? And what’s the steampunk roof thing for? IDK. And why does it say “San Francisco?” Do people forget where they are sometimes? I mean who signed off on this cheesiness? Why don’t we just ash can these things?)

Anyway, this is the scene south of the slot betwixt 4th and 5th as of yesterday.

Perhaps more electrified paper lanterns are coming? Perhaps…

Local Art: “Pac Man Attacks Japanese Ornamental Carp From Above” – It’s Morte Dall’Alto for Your Colorful Koi

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Hey, remember Pixels?

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This one painting is much better than all of Pixels. Much cheaper to produce too.

SFMOMA Opening Day 2016: “NEW SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NOW OPEN” – Bigger and Better

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Here it is:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NOW OPEN – Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Edwin Lee Joined SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Board Chairman Charles Schwab and Board President Bob Fisher to Inaugurate Expanded Museum – More than 5,000 Visitors Welcomed to Museum For Free Today

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The new SFMOMA from Howard Street; photo by Devlin Shand, courtesy Drew Altizer Photography

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Charles Schwab, Robert Fisher, Neal Benezra and Nancy Pelosi, Edwin Lee and Craig Dykers; photo by Drew Altizer, courtesy Drew Altizer Photography

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2016)—With a blizzard of red confetti, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened its doors to the public today, May 14. Opening Day festivities were attended by local dignitaries, members of the Bay Area arts community and the general public. After the program, the first visitors were welcomed to the new museum by SFMOMA staff and leadership.

The program included remarks by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Edwin Lee, SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab, SFMOMA Board President Bob Fisher and SFMOMA’s Helen and Charles Schwab Director Neal Benezra. The museum distributed more than 5,000 free timed tickets for Opening Day to the public. Surrounding cultural institutions including the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Children’s Creativity Museum and many more throughout the Yerba Buena Cultural District also offered free admission and programming to celebrate the return of SFMOMA to the neighborhood.

“After years of planning and construction, it feels terrific to welcome visitors back to the museum,” said Neal Benezra. “With our goal of providing more art to more people, now and for generations to come, we are excited to share the new museum experience we have created that features the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, new works gifted or promised to us by 230 generous donors and the Pritzker Center for Photography which deepens our commitment to the medium.”

SFMOMA, which opened today with 19 inaugural exhibitions, underwent a three-year transformation to add a 10-story expansion designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta that nearly triples its gallery space, allowing the museum to show more of its exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art. With free admission for guests ages 18 and younger and 45,000 square feet of free public space, SFMOMA is more open to the community than ever before.

“Today, with the opening of this gorgeous museum expansion, San Francisco affirms our city’s place as a global leader of art and culture,” said Congresswoman Pelosi. “The new SFMOMA is a manifestation of our city’s deep respect for creativity, and it embodies the spirit and the generosity of the entire Bay Area Community. For that, we are very proud, and very thankful indeed.”

“San Francisco is a city of big ideas, and SFMOMA is a really big idea—and now, a big reality,” said Mayor Lee. “Not only is the new SFMOMA a place to showcase innovative art, culture and education initiatives, but it is a piece of art itself in the Yerba Buena Art District. The museum is a major draw for visitors, residents, families and youth from around the world, and its contribution to the Bay Area economy will now grow significantly with its new expansion.”

SFMOMA OPENING DAY EVENTS

SFMOMA’s Opening Day began with street performers on Howard Street including entertainment by the Circus Center, SFJAZZ High School All Stars, the San Francisco Youth Ballet Ribbon Dancers and We Talk Chalk.

After remarks, at the museum’s new entrance on Howard Street, the speakers and architect Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta, ceremonially opened the museum by pressing a large red button with the new SFMOMA logo on it, releasing a blizzard of red confetti from the roof of the new museum and adjacent buildings. The Golden State Warriors Aftershock Drumline played while SFMOMA staff members in red shirts paraded with large red balloons. Ribbon dancers from the San Francisco Youth Ballet led the first visitors into the building.|

Free admission on Opening Day was made possible in part by PG&E, a partner in making the new SFMOMA a model for energy efficiency for art museums through participation in the Step Up and Power Down and Savings by Design programs, The Yerba Buena Community Benefits District and the museum’s Premier Sponsors Bank of America and Cadillac.

SFMOMA HOURS AND ADMISSION

SFMOMA is open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Free public spaces open at 9 a.m. daily. The museum hosts extended hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m., giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy exhibitions and programs in the evening.

Annual membership begins at $100, and members enjoy unlimited free admission (with advance reservation). Adult admission to SFMOMA is $25 and admission for seniors 65 years and older is $22. Admission for visitors ages 19 through 24 is $19. SFMOMA provides free admission to all visitors 18 and younger, furthering its goal of building the next generation of art lovers.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA features significantly enhanced gallery, education and public spaces. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, access to 45,000 square feet of free art-filled public space and free admission for visitors age 18 and younger, SFMOMA is more welcoming and more connected to San Francisco than ever before.

Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

A Freeway is Easy to Tear Down, But Hideous Art What Used to Riff on the Same Freeway is FOREVER

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go:

When Vaillancourt designed the fountain, the Embarcadero Freeway or Interstate 480, was still in existence along Market Street and the Embarcadero. The fountain was designed with the freeway environment in mind…”

Kind of like this:

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(Of course this was back when Frisco had cheap water and cheap power.)

But now the freeway is gone.

Long gone.

So what do we need this Vaillancourt Fountain thing anymore for anyway?

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It’s not worth powering the water pumps these days, so that’s one good thing.

But why do we still have this monstrosity???

Area Man Encounters Giant Norway Rat in Civic Center

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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How Forest Hill Sees Itself / How MUNI Sees Itself – Mural Depicts Frisco as a Bucolic Ireland with Detached Single-Family Homes

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Hey look – it’s the streetcar what’s named Desire:

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Or at least it’s somebody’s view of what big city living should look like.

Precita Eyes Mural Outside Laguna Honda Hospital Nears Completion

Yeah,
Lover I’m off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire
Desire

And best of all, if we’re looking at the History of Forest Hill, and I think we are, there’s not any pesky Chinese laundryman playing basketball on his roof across the street…

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…and no poors living next door

105(!) Year Old Artist Tyrus Wong to be Honored at Asian Art Museum March 9th to Kick Off CAAMFest

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Oh look, it’s Disney Legend Tyrus Wong:

“The Center for Asian American Media Celebrates The Continued Legacy of Tyrus Wong With Signing of Rediscovered Painting

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2016 – The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), is thrilled to announce a truly endearing event taking place the day before CAAMFest 2016’s Opening Night presentation of the Bay Area premiere of TYRUS.

Tyrus Wong, the 105-year-old subject of TYRUS and pioneering icon whose art has touched millions through films like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and Disney’s BAMBI, will sign an original piece of his artwork that had been unidentified for decades. The painting was rediscovered by CAAM Board Member David Lei at the Chinese United Methodist Church in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

The event, hosted by CAAM, the Asian Art Museum and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, will take place on Wednesday, March 9th, at 4:00PM in the Asian Art Museum’s Peterson Room, where San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar will present a Tyrus Wong Day proclamation in honor of the artist.

Wong will be joined by his daughter, Kim, and TYRUS director, Pamela Tom. Tom’s award-winning documentary paints a beautifully intimate portrait of Wong, eloquently exploring his childhood arrival at the Angel Island Immigration Station, the evolution of his voice and legacy and the formation of what he views as his greatest achievement, his family.

The painting will be on display at the Asian Art Museum on Thursday, March 10th, for one day only. The public is invited to view the signed piece during regular museum hours and CAAMFest’s Opening Night Gala. Learn more at www.caamfest.com/2016

Kim Wong, Pamela Tom and David Lei will be available for soundbites and photo opportunities. Press are invited to attend, and can RSVP to Larsen Associates at publicity@larsenassc.com as space is limited.

About CAAMFest:
CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), takes placeMarch 1020, 2016 in the Bay Area. CAAMFest is a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

About CAAM:
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamedia.org.”

Ocean Beach Tableau: Dutch Windmill, Beach Chalet, Smiley Face, HEAVY METAL, Weird Al and Delorean Motor Cars EVERYWHERE

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

(Optional soundtrack whilst reading: Don Felder – Taking a Ride)

Let’s pay off on the headline right here:

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And look at all them Deloreans – these silv’ry rides were as good as gold back in the day:

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That’s Wolfgang, Klaus, and Andre on their Delorean World Tour:

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And that’s your Ocean Beach Tableau…

At the Asian Art Museum: “PEARLS ON A STRING – ARTISTS, PATRONS AND POETS AT THE GREAT ISLAMIC COURTS” – Runs Thru MAY 8, 2016

Friday, February 26th, 2016

I can’t think of a subject I know less about than art of the Islamic world in the 16th through 18th centuries, but check it out – this short, well-produced video is MESMERIZING:

Look at all the baubles for The Man With The Golden Gun. Bling bling! It’s as if Faberge made guns instead of eggs…

Of course, most of the exhibit is beyond my ken, but look what these people are saying:

‘Pearls on a String’ provides a glimpse of Islamic arts by Janos Gereben SF Performing Arts Examiner

Poets, Patrons and Artists at the Islamic Courts posted By Emily Wilson

Art: Pearls of the Orient by Jonathan Curiel

Now you’re up-to-speed.

Curator Qamar Adamjee introducing the exhibit with AAA Director Jay Xu:

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And here’s the geography:

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I’ll post some photos next week. In the meantime, see you there!

Pearls On a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin, 10AM – 5PM Daily, Closed Mondays, Open Late on Thursdays

NFL Killjoys Remove SUPER BOWL 50 Decals from Garish “50” Advertising Sculptures, So No More SUPERB OWL, No More ‘SUP BRO

Monday, February 1st, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, also the similar giant ad at the Palace of Fine Arts has had its letters removed now too. So that makes this A Trend. One assumes our NFL invaders have tired of nos jeux sans frontières. Haha! ‘SUP  BROS? You mad?]

Here’s how the ad atop Twin Peaks looks now – see? No more letter stickers:

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Did the NFL PPL go up there and say, “The Hell With This” and then remove all the letters?

Aw, man!