Archive for the ‘museums’ Category
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 FridayWednesday, 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!
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”.
- Land life: butterflies, snakes, alligator… all life on land
- Aquatic life: fish, sea stars, coral… all life underwater
- Family life: people at the Academy
- NightLife: the Academy at night
- Mobile life: the Academy captured by smart phone
- 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.
- 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
- 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
That white structure shows what the expansion will look like come 2016:
Click to expand – Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Aerial Southeast Façade; all images courtesy Snøhetta
And check the video:
“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.
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?
“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
“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:
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 MuseumFriday, 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.
“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.”
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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.
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
OMG, It’s the Maharaja Show at Our Asian Art Museum! The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts Runs Through April 8th, 2012Thursday, October 27th, 2011
And guess what, they’re having a Matcha tonight, Thursday, October 27th, 2011 – it’s New India Cuisine from 5:00 to 9:00 PM:
“Kick-off the Maharaja exhibition with taste! Top Chef Master Floyd Cardoz will discuss and demonstrate contemporary flavors in Indian Cuisine, and DJ Janaka Selekta will spin sweet sounds blending traditional South Asian music with electronic beats.
Enjoy free sample bites from Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods, check out Maharaja and find out the curator’s favorite objects, go on a docent tour, make your own chai mix, sip from the cash bar, and more. All for just $10. 5-9 pm. Click here for more details. Share with friends on Facebook.”
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And, Don’t Miss These Highlights!
And here’s how the exhibit ends in Gallery 3, all modern, with the sweetest office desk imaginable:
I’ll dig through the catalog and post more stuff later.
And oh, if you haven’t seen it, here’s the new logo for the Asian – it’s a turned A, fundamentally:
But it’s 3D, as you can see:
All right, see you there!