Archive for the ‘museums’ Category

The Oddly-Named International Art Museum of America Now Offers Free Admission All the Time, FYI

Friday, June 20th, 2014

One time, I got kicked out of this place for not paying admission, oh well.

Anyway, it’s been free so far for 2014 and it’ll be free for the rest of 2014 and pretty much forever, looks like.

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Penguins + Pajamas + Your Family = Fun at the Academy of Sciences Sleepover This Friday

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Word comes from Scholastic that it will bring a bunch of books to San Francisco to promote its Summer Reading Challenge at this Friday’s Penguins + Pajamas event:

“The California Academy of Sciences will be hosting an “Penguins + Pajamas” event (their wildly popular kid museum sleepover) in partnership with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge on Friday June 13th at 6 p.m. CT.  

We plan on providing over 300 children’s books (The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System), Harry Potter and The Magic School Bus posters Captain Underpants trading cards, WordGirl stickers, Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge glow-in-the-dark bookmarks, EVEREADY flashlights and batteries (our sponsor this year), tote bags, reading certificates, summer reading book lists and more as kids learn about the night sky at one the nation’s most well-respected and popular scientific and cultural institutions.”

That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“On Friday, June 13, join us for a Brain Power Sleepover. Explore the museum at night while you have fun putting your brain power to work. Solve mind-boggling puzzles, marvel at the stars in a late night planetarium show, participate in the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and get a free book! Learn about everything from brains to biology with interactive programs, live demos, and hands-on activities.”

(And if you’re going to do this, you might as well get a Membership, just saying.)

Just think, this could be you:

See you there!

Tom Hanks Gives a Shout Out to Our Disney Family Museum and The Presidio on the David Letterman Show

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Right around the 4:00 minute mark:

He says he recently spent four hours at the Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

Here’s the calendar.

And oh, get ready for the DFM’s First Major Exhibition coming up starting November 15th, 2012 – it’s all about Snow White…

OMG, It’s Time to Enter the California Academy Sciences’ LoveLife Photo Competition – Deadline is February 1st – Prizes!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

It’s easy to play.

All the deets.

A 2011 submission from Donald Chan:

“The LoveLife photo competition returns for a second year with two new categories and many more prizes! Submit your loveliest photos of Academy life and conservation photography to be judged by top photo editors and experts. Then vote for your favorite photos online to be entered in the People’s Choice Award. All winners will be announced at the March 1st Nightlife. Visit the new Love Life Photo exhibit in the Children’s Gallery to see last year’s winners.

Entry deadline: February 1st, 2012

How to Enter

From January 1st, 2012 through February 1st, 2012 post your high resolution photograph entries on Flickr and tag your photos “lovelife2012″.

Categories

  1. Land life: butterflies, snakes, alligator… all life on land
  2. Aquatic life: fish, sea stars, coral… all life underwater
  3. Family life: people at the Academy
  4. NightLife: the Academy at night
  5. Mobile life: the Academy captured by smart phone
  6. Protect life: photography that encourages awareness or action for the natural world

Categories 1-5 must be photographed in the Academy between February 14, 2011 and February 1, 2012. Category 6 may be taken anywhere.

Judges

  • Michael Carabetta, Chronicle Books Design Director
  • Eric Chang, Lytro Director of Photography
  • Suzi Esterhaus, Wildlife Photographer
  • Greg Farrington, Academy Executive Director
  • Russell Yip, San Francisco Chronicle Photo Editor

Prizes

  • Grand Prize winner: Dinner and hotel getaway in San Francisco, including a room at Hotel Vitale and dinner at 54 Mint, a Lytro 16GB Light Field Camera, Adobe Photoshop, and an Academy Conservation Photography Excursion
  • Six Category winners: a Lytro 8GB Light Field Camera,Chronicle photography books, and an Academy Conservation Photography Workshop.
  • People’s Choice Award: Adobe Photoshop and Chronicle photography books.

Awards presentation will take place at March 1st NightLife. Winning images will be projected onscreen.

OMG, It’s Your Larger, $555,000,000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – Free Ground-Level Galleries Coming!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Well, here it is, from Snøhetta Arkitektur Landskap AS with love, it’s your new SFMOMA.

That white structure shows what the expansion will look like come 2016:

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And check the video:

Get all the deets from your SFMOMA OPEN SPACE Blog:

“This morning, SFMOMA unveiled new design details of the expanded building project. The expansion, as you likely know by now,  is being designed by architectural firm Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA, and this morning Craig Dykers, one of the principals of the firm, talkedSFMOMA staff through a presentation of the new designs. There will be new education spaces, lots of light, and ground-level galleries and orientation spaces that will be free to the public.  Craig will be presenting and discussing details of the new design for the first time in public tomorrow evening, in YBCA’s Novellus theater. You’ll also be able to watch his presentation LIVEonline, HERE.

Have you got questions for the architects? Don’t miss Rooftop TV: The Future SFMOMA, a special interactive webcast conversation with Craig and some fantastic guests, Friday morning, 11:00 a.m.

Groundbreaking for the expansion is scheduled for summer 2013, with completion of new digs projected for early 2016.  Here’s the PRESS RELEASE. There’s more detailed info on our expansion page.”

All right, a few more images of all the new work below and ever more deets after the jump

Bon courage, SFMOMA!

Isn’t it kewl?

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“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences.

Check it:

“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:

A pair of live reindeer

Indoor snow flurries twice an hour

A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow

An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients

Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances

Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)

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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:

This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:

Les mise-en-scene:

One of four Evaporative Snow machines:

Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:

The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:

And a partridge in a pear tree:

See you there!

Another Must-See Show at the de Young: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters From the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Here’s the full title of this sensual and opulent exhibition: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power From the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

So, it’s Hello, Vienna calling

It’s amazing how San Francisco gets all these shows at our de Young Museum.

Janos Gereben has the story:

“Vienna’s treasures now are on loan to the de Young, the only stopping place for “Masters of Venice.” As before, with Tutankhamen and French Impressionists, Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan Jr. and President Dede Wilsey have found a golden opportunity for The City to act as a temporary “storehouse” for a collection whose home is being renovated.”

Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan displays the exhibition’s weighty tome from Sylvia Ferino-Pagden Lynn Federle Orr

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This is it, this is your must-see show, it’s just one after the other:

  • Saint Sebastian (ca.1457–1459) by Andrea Mantegna, represents early Renaissance painting and is the first of three paintings on this subject by the artist.  In this work Mantegna incorporates details of ancient sculpture and architecture which organizes the pictorial space through linear perspective.
  • Four rare works by the enigmatic painter Giorgio da Castelfranco, known as Giorgione.  The Three Philosophers (ca. 1477–1510), one of the most celebrated works of the 16th century, uses an innovative integration of the figures within the spatial continuum of nature which marks a dramatic advance in the evolution of Western representation imagery. Also featured in the exhibition is his beautiful Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura)(1506) and pensive Youth with an Arrow (ca. 1508–1510).
  • More than a dozen works by Tiziano Vecellio, know as Titian, once Giorgione’s assistant, whose talent soon rivaled his master’s.  His work is synonymous with the Venetian style — lustrous pigments, sharply graduated light and shadows delineating robust forms such as his sumptuous Danaë (1560s) and the mysterious and moody Bravo (The Assassin) (ca.1515–1520).
  • The tapestry-like, shimmering and sensuously colored works by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese including the grand scaled Annointing of David (ca. 1555), and the dishonored heroine Lucretia (1528–1588), whose creamy skin and sumptuous fabrics divert the viewer’s eye from her suicide blade.

What you need to know:

Venetian paintings from this period have not been shown in the United States since 1938, and they will be shown only at the de Young.
Where: De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
When: The exhibit continues through Feb. 12. The museum is open 9:30 a.m to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. It is closed Nov. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $10-$20

But remember, this all ends February 12, 2012.

See you there!

It starts off with a big photo of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which contains one of the four big “princely collections” (along with the Louvre, the Hermitage, and the Prado)

And then, on with the show:

It’s one masterpiece after the next:

What more can you ask for?

Ever more deets, after the jump
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OMG, See the Works of Camille Pissarro, the Oldest Impressionist, at the Legion of Honor! It’s “Pissarro’s People”

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Pissarro’s People just opened over the weekend at our Legion of Honor Museum.

And the reviews are in:

Kenneth Baker finds fault with the picture frames, but otherwise he’s into it.

As was Holland Carter

So what are you waiting for?

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All the deets, after the jump

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Launches Family Membership Program for $150 Per Year

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I’m going to raise my kids rocker so I’m not so sure about the “Mods Club” for children ages 4-12, but, otherwise, family membership from our San Francisco Museum of Modern Art looks like a good deal:

“NEW FAMILY MEMBERSHIP DEEPENS SFMOMA’S COMMITMENT TO FAMILIES

On October 1, 2011, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will launch a new membership program designed to enhance opportunities for families to engage with the museum and its growing family community. The Family membership includes exclusive viewing hours and unlimited admission for two adult cardholders as well as two adult guests and all accompanying children age 17 and younger. From families looking for hands-on fun at SFMOMA Family Sundays to art aficionado parents wanting to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the arts in their children, households of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the benefits of the new membership.

The comprehensive and flexible membership structure encourages family visits and ensures that everyone in the family can take advantage of SFMOMA’s offerings. With a Family membership, children ages 4 to 12 can join the Mods Club, SFMOMA’s club for kids, and visit the museum with an adult caregiver for free; teens 17 and under receive their own membership card and can visit independently with a friend; and parents may invite grandparents, an aunt and uncle, or two friends for a museum visit any time. Exclusive Family member viewing hours every month provide space for families with young children in strollers or who want to experience the museum with other like-minded, art-loving families.

In the past year, SFMOMA has deepened its longstanding commitment to families by offering expanded resources and programming designed specifically for family visitors. With the support of seed grants from The Wallace Foundation, the museum created an animated, interactive mobile tour for families; created printed and online activity guides that focus on key artists in the museum’s collection; and, as of July 2011, began hosting family programs every Sunday. SFMOMA Family Sundays offer museumwide activities, including hands-on projects, docent-led family gallery tours, book readings, and film screenings linked to SFMOMA’s collection and special exhibitions. Led by SFMOMA educators and guest artists, Family Sundays are designed to encourage experimentation and creativity and to develop critical thinking skills. Families will have free, unlimited access to these entertaining and educational programs with the new Family membership.

More deets after the jump

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