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Our California Academy of Sciences Goes Double Platinum – Largest Such LEED-Certified Building in the World

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The California Academy of Sciences just got another award – deets below.

Per Dr. Gregory Farrington, Executive Director of the Academy:

“Our LEED Platinum building is a marvelous example of sustainable architecture that has wowed millions of visitors since we opened three years ago. However, it is more than just a building. It is also a stage—one that has allowed us to host a wide variety of programs and exhibits about the history and future of life on Earth. Delivering these programs as sustainably as possible helps us inspire our visitors to make sustainable choices in their own lives.” 

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That’s right, baby – double platinum:

All the deets:

THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES RECEIVES SECOND LEED PLATINUM RATING FROM U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

Awarded for its sustainable operations and maintenance, the Academy is now the world’s largest “Double Platinum” building

SAN FRANCISCO – On September 27, 2008, the California Academy of Sciences unveiled the world’s greenest museum—an eco-friendly new home featuring a hilly living roof, recycled denim insulation, and many other green innovations. Three years and more than five million visitors later, the museum celebrates another symbolic color: platinum. Today, the U.S. Green Building Council presented the Academy with its second LEED Platinum award, making the California Academy of Sciences the world’s first “Double Platinum” museum and the world’s largest Double Platinum building. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Academy building houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs under one living roof, standing as an embodiment of its 158-year-old mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the Academy for its commitment to high levels of environmental performance, and for setting the example as a leader in the San Francisco green building community and around the world,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. “Their Double Platinum rating is truly a remarkable achievement for our City.”

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a voluntary, consensus-based standard for evaluating high-performance, sustainable buildings. By earning points across a variety of sustainability categories, buildings can earn a basic certification, Silver, Gold, or Platinum rating. In October 2008, the Academy received its first LEED Platinum rating under the “New Construction” category, which focused on the building’s design and construction process. In August 2011, the Academy received its second LEED Platinum rating under the “Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance” category, which certifies that its day-to-day operations and business practices also meet the highest standards of sustainability.

The Academy’s operations and maintenance practices were evaluated and earned points across six different categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. Based on a wide range of green practices and performance metrics, including transportation, purchasing decisions, and waste disposal, it was awarded a total of 82 points, exceeding the threshold for a Platinum certification (80 points).

Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums and is an international leader in scientific research about the natural world. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the Academy’s original home in Golden Gate Park, but also provided a silver lining: the opportunity to reinvent the facility from the ground up. After nearly a decade of planning and the largest cultural fundraising effort in San Francisco history, the new Academy opened to the public in 2008. This major new initiative built on the Academy’s distinguished history and deepened its commitment to advancing scientific literacy, engaging the public, and documenting and conserving Earth’s natural resources.

“Our LEED Platinum building is a marvelous example of sustainable architecture that has wowed millions of visitors since we opened three years ago,” said Dr. Gregory Farrington, Executive Director of the Academy. “However, it is more than just a building. It is also a stage—one that has allowed us to host a wide variety of programs and exhibits about the history and future of life on Earth. Delivering these programs as sustainably as possible helps us inspire our visitors to make sustainable choices in their own lives.”

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Fantastic “Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris” Exhibit Leaves Our de Young October 10th

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This is just a reminder, ’cause when this show is gone, it’ll be gone for good.

Why go to Paris if Paris can come to you, right?

Pablo Picasso, Tete de Taureau (Bull’s Head), Bicycle saddle and handlebars. 1942, Musée National Picasso, Paris, © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

All the deets:

“FINAL WEEKS FOR PICASSO: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS

EXHIBITION CLOSES MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris enters its final weeks at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and closes on October 10. The exhibition travels next to Sydney, Australia for its run at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This exhibition of 150 important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings created by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is drawn from the permanent collection of the Musée National Picasso, Paris the largest and most significant repository of the artist’s work in the world, and comes to the de Young as part of an international tour. The artwork is touring because the Musée is currently closed and undergoing a multi-year renovation expected to last through 2012. Ranging from informal sketchbooks to finished iconic masterpieces, this unique collection of “Picasso’s Picassos” provides significant proof of the artist’s assertion that “I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world.”

The exhibition, co-organized by the Musée National Picasso and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is part of a world tour that began in 2008 with stops at museums in Madrid, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Richmond (VA), San Francisco and Sydney.

Hours and Ticket Prices
The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris has the following hours:

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm (last ticket 4 pm)
Friday-9:30 am–8:45 pm
Monday–closed

Tickets are available at www.deyoungmuseum.org or at the museum box office.

Adult
$25

Senior 65+
$22

Student w/ ID
$21

Youth 6-17
$15

Child 5 & under
free

Members
free

Organization
This exhibition is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Bank of the West is Presenting Sponsor. Christies and Hanson Bridgett LLP are Sponsors. Major Patrons are Penny and James George Coulter, and the Estate of Mary Price Moffatt. Lead Patrons are The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation and Douglas A. Tilden, and the Lead Sponsors are Isabelle and Charles Picasso.

About the de Young Museum
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, is the nation’s fourth most visited art museum. It showcases American art from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Address:
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm
Friday, 9:30 am–8:45 pm
Closed Monday”

 


Check Out this Historic Walt Disney Company Employee Handbook – It’s an Amazing Time Capsule from 1943

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, via the Walt Disney Family Museum‘s* Storyboard Blog, here’s the official Walt Disney Productions new employee handbook from 1943.

It’s called The Ropes at Disney’s.

Here’s a sample:

Professionally scanned-in** by Digital Assets Coordinator Mark Gibson – click to expand

See if you wouldn’t consider this handbook evidence of a hostile work environment, you know, from the standpoint of this day and age. Note that women got twice as many sick days as men, but they weren’t allowed access to the rooftop employee lounge.

Also, back in the day, some dreamed of impractical shoes while others dreamed of dating those who dreamed of impractical shoes. (Oh, well, maybe that’s just like today – nothing’s changed on that score.)

No matter, the long-torsoed guy is quite the ogler.

And check it, Disney pioneered workplace casual dress – it was called “Businesslike Informality,” so neckties were banned.

Enjoy.

*Located in San Francisco’s Presidio, not too far from the Golden Gate Bridge.

**I have a color checker that’s just like the one you can see in the corner there, except mine’s all crinkled up now. These things are expensive.

de Young Musuem: Come for Dramatic Platypus, Stay for “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Well, maybe this critter seen below isn’t as famous as the dramatic chipmunk yet, but no matter – our de Young Museum will let you see it for free in the regular collection when you come to ogle Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris.

And the Big Reviews are In from:

Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker; and

(De facto) Examiner Art Critic Janos Gereben

They both love it, non?

Get your tickets here.

As seen outside the Big New Picasso Show. (And actually, there’s a reason why you can see the Godzilla-style zipper on the back – can you think of why? Look for it, before or after your Picasso tour, and you’ll find this piece somewhere in the de Young…)

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See you there!

OMG, It’s Picasso! – The de Young Museum’s Next “Monster Show” Comes June 11

Monday, June 6th, 2011

It’s almost here. It’s Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris.

And check it - Janos Gereben and Nancy Ewart have all the deets already.

Speaking of monsters:

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Now this is one of the objets that will be hanging about in Golden Gate Park –  it’s Head of a Bull (1942):

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All right, see you there!

The de Young hosts an extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’ world-renowned Musée National Picasso. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations, comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist’s career.  The works on view demonstrate the wide range of artistic styles and forms that the artist mastered, including: La Celestine (1904), from the artist’s Blue Period; Two Brothers (1906), from the Rose Period; Expressionist studies for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907); the Cubist Man with a Guitar (1911), the Neoclassical Portrait of Olga (1917), the artist’s wife; the proto-Surrealist Two Women Running on a Beach (1922); Portrait of Dora Maar (1937), the artist’s lover and famed French artist; six Surrealist bronze heads of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Therese Walter; the Head of a Bull (1942) fabricated from a bicycle seat and handlebars; the bronze Goat (1950); the six life-size bronzeBathers (1956); and the late self-portrait, The Matador (1970).

The girls would turn the color of an avacado
When he would drive down the street in his El Dorado
Why, he was only 5′ 3, girls could not resist his stare
Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole
Not like you
Yeah, he was really something

Now at Our Academy of Sciences: It’s “Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither” – Runs Through September 5, 2011

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Hey, it’ll be a slithery summer 2011 at our California Academy of Sciences due to Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither.

Check the video from Jennifer Olney. And here’s some local coverage from Jessica Bernstein-Wax up Marin way. Oh, and SFGate got in there last month to check things out.

Don’t miss the emerald tree boa:

 

Found in the Amazon basin, the emerald tree boa has multiple highly sensitive heat-sensing organs that it uses for 3-D thermal imaging of prey. It is strikingly similar–in color pattern and in the way it drapes itself on branches–to the green tree python from Australia and New Guinea. © D. Finnin/AMNH

Get all the deets after the jump.

Ssssssssee you there!

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OMG, At the Legion of Honor: One of the Magna Carta (Great Charter of English Liberties) Exemplifications – Through June 5

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I’ll tell you, cartas don’t get any more magna than this – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime presentation of the Magna Carta at your Legion of Honor Museum going on now through June 5th, 2011.

Brush up on your Latin and then click to expand. (There’s a lot of stuff in there that refers to barons, that’s for sure…)

All the deets:

“The Magna Carta - May 7, 2011 – June 5, 2011

The Magna Carta (or Great Charter of English Liberties), one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy, is on display at the Legion of Honor May 7–June 5. The document is presented in Gallery 3 under a Spanish ceiling dating from approximately 1500. The Magna Carta coming to San Francisco belongs to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, and is one of four surviving manuscripts from the revised 1217 issue. The document is considered an original Magna Carta—not a copy, but an official engrossment or exemplification of the Latin text, sent out by the royal record office to Gloucestershire in 1217 and most likely housed at St. Peter’s Abbey (now Gloucester Cathedral). Seventeen vintage originals still survive from the 13th century, including the manuscript that will be shown at the Legion of Honor.

A landscape-format sheet of parchment roughly sixteen inches wide and twelve inches high, the Magna Carta contains fifty-six lines of hand-inscribed Latin text, and the green wax seal of William Marshal the elder, a guardian of the boy King Henry III, who was then in power. It remains to this day one of the world’s great symbols of freedom and the rule of law. Its declaration that no free man should be imprisoned without due process underlies the development of common law in England and the concepts of individual liberty and constitutional government that created the United States.

Credit Line
On loan from the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and made possible thanks to the generosity of Qualcomm, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, and John Wiley and Sons.”

Ego mos animadverto vos illice!

OMG, It’s Balenciaga and Spain at Your de Young Museum! Why Did Gwyneth Travel So Far To See It?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

OMG, it’s Balenciaga and Spain at your de Young Museum.

(Did you know that the de Young’s the fourth-busiest museum in America? Well, per the Los Angeles Times, it is. Hurray! [Man-splaining Mode = OFF])

Anyway, I can’t begin to tell you how little I know about Balenciaga or Spain, but I do know that Gwyneth Paltrow trekked all the way up to the 415 just to see it. So why don’t you check it out as well?

From the catalogue – strike a pose, Cristóbal:

It all ends on July 4th, 2011

See you there!

Contemplating the Richmond District for a Price That’s Right – Visit the de Young Museum’s Hamon Tower

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Our de Young Museum, now with Olmec, doesn’t charge you a dime to ride up their ‘vater to check out the view from the Hamon Tower.

Hurray! You ought to check it out, on a dreaded sunny day.

This could be you. Looking northward, ever northward:

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Opening Tomorrow at Our Legion of Honor: “Arthur Szyk, Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations”

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Look what’s opening tomorrow at the Legion of Honor Museum up in Lincoln Park – it’s Arthur Szyk, Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations

See?

Arthur Szyk, American, b. Poland (1894–1951) - The Scribe, 1927 - Transparent and opaque watercolor - Collection of Irvin Ungar

It runs through March 27, 2011. See you there!