Archive for the ‘museums’ Category

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.

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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!

The de Young Plus the Legion of Honor Equals FAMSF – A Family Portrait of Our Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

On the left up high surrounded by Lincoln Park Golf Links is our Legion of Honor Museum and on the right down low surrounded by Golden Gate Park is our de Young Museum.

Visit one and then you can get general admission the other on the same day for free – that’s how it works.

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Hamon Tower FeverCatch It

At Our CalAcademy:”A Taste of NightLife” a Huge Success Last Night – Science of Surfing and Indie Mart Coming in December

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Here’s your sked for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences:

11/25 – No NightLife due to Thanksgiving

12/2 – “Surf’s Up NightLife” – The Science, Art and Culture of Surfing

12/9 – “Indie-Mart NightLife” – An Indie-mart trunk show, plus live music from A B and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble

And here’s what it was like last night.

It’s like walking into the future, or something:

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And, as always, Scientists on Duty, presented for your inspection:

Now, it was food night last night, so you needed to get there early to get the necessary show pass to see what you want to see. Here’s just a part of it:

Food Demonstrations
NightLife, KQED and a variety of expert organizations have a treat for all of you foodies this week: food demonstrations that with stimulate both your taste buds and your mind.  A select few attendees of each talk will get to sample the outcome.  Topics include:

The Science of Taste – Presented by Bill Briwa, Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America and 18 Reasons, including Flavor Bar and Miracle Fruit demonstrations

The Science of Chocolate – Presented by Tcho andMadecasse

Beer and other Sundry topics – Presented by Roadtrip Nation
Including clips from their popular series.

And there was some big tasting having to do with taste buds and whatnot – we got there a bit late so I don’t know what that was like.

But there’s always something else going on at NightLife.

See you there (after Thanksgiving)!