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Reviews are IN for “Birth of Impressionism” at the de Young Museum – A Must See

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I don’t know, once you get a Great European Museum to agree to send over its stuff while they do a little Spring Cleaning, well that’s pretty much all the heavy lifting you need right there – everything else takes care of itself. So of course you get your scholars working and you need to get cogitating about what goes where and why, but it’s all downhill after that. For whatever reason, we San Franciscans get more than our fair share of these kinds of museum loans.

As here, and now, at our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Their awesome new exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, is a smash success already.

Check out the pre-game report and The Review from Kenneth Baker, for starters:

“In view of the present exhibition, expectations for the second installment* could not be higher.”

O.K. then. It’s breathtaking, in’nt?

Be sure to listen to Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and John Buchanan, Director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco talk with Michael Krasny on 50 minutes worth of KQED Forum. And take a look at KGO-TV Channel 7′s special video report right here.

Check out Bill Wilson’s photos of the recent press preview last week.

Here are a few shots from the press preview. Hat Lady Jan Wahl was on the scene, as was Gavin Newsom, who generally does an excellent job at these kinds of events.

All the hard work is done, so all you need to do is get down there and check it out. Plan your visit now.

Peut-être je vous verrai la!

*It’s coming in September 2010: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay.”

De Young Museum Firing on All Cylinders – Tut Has Departed, Impressionists Arrive May 22

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Let’s check in with our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, shall we?

The Tut show is off to New Yawk by now, but here’s what the unpacking and repacking process looked like.

So, first, Egyptian specialists monitor the unpacking and inspect for any shipping damage. As seen last year before the show:

 

Then, you have the spectacle…

…and then you have the repacking. See? Each piece gets inspected for what seems like hours and then gets put back into its own Styrofoam cubby hole. Next stop, Times Square:

(3000 years sitting around in Egypt, then a couple worldwide roadtrips over several decades, and then another 3000 years in Egypt? Don’t think that major pieces of the Tut collection will ever leave Egypt again.)

Anyway, Tut had to clear out to make way for Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. I don’t know how this all works out, but it seems whenever our European friends clean up their museums and do a little renovating, they send their good stuff to San Francisco for safekeeping. Sweet.

And speaking of firing on all cylinders, our MSM’s arts coverage is functioning as designed, it would seem. Check out this detailed report from Julian Guthrie and Lance Iversen as well as this one from Janos Gereben. Look forward to their reviews. Speaking of which…

This show is going to be awesome. I mean, how could you mess this one up?

Stayed tuned….

Accessible masterpieces, what could be better?

 

The Fifer.  1866.  Édouard Manet (1832-1883).  Oil on canvas, 63 3/8 x 38 1/4 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

All the deets, after the jump

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Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass Returns, and the King Tut Show Closes March 28th

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is heading out on March 28, 2010, so now’s your last chance.

And Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass is coming back to town to give a talk on March 8th. Deets below.

Dr. Zahi Hawass giving Mayor Gavin Newsom a tour last year:

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FINAL WEEKS OF KING TUT AT THE DE YOUNG
Extended hours, Hawass lecture part of final weeks through March 28.

SAN FRANCISCO—Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs enters its final weeks at the de Young Museum before heading to its next presentation in New York City in April.  The exhibition closes on Sunday, March 28.  The de Young will offer extended viewing hours and a special lecture by noted Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass during the last few weeks.

Extended Viewing Hours
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will offer extended hours on the following days:
•    Saturday, March 20, 9 am–9 pm, last ticket at 7:30 pm
•    Saturday, March 27, 9 am–9 pm, last ticket at 7:30 pm
•    Sunday, March 28, 9 am–9 pm, last ticket at 7:30 pm
On those days, the Museum Café will remain open until 7 pm.  The de Young’s permanent collection will close at the regular time of 5:15 pm and the Museum Tower will close at 5:30 pm.  Exhibition tickets are available through
www.ticketmaster.com.

March 8 Lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egyptologist and raconteur will deliver a lecture, Mysteries of Tutankhamun Revealed, at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House on Monday, March 8 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 (general admission) and available through
www.ticketmaster.com.  Dr. Hawass’ lecture will share information discovered through the two-year examination of the DNA and CT scans of Tutankhamun and 11 other royal mummies in the collection of the Cairo Museum.  Among the findings are the details of Tut’s health conditions (cleft palate, clubfoot, malaria, bone disease), his family lineage, paternity of two fetal mummies found in his tomb, and the reassessment of stylistic depictions of Tut in sculpture and artifacts found in his tomb.

Organization
The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International, and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is the proud cultural partner, and American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. The San Francisco presentation is sponsored by Athena Troxel Blackburn, Mrs. Thomas C. Crowley, Sr., Rajnikant and Helen Desai and Beringer Vineyards.

Visiting the de Young
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, is the fourth most visited fine art museum in the United States.  It showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Target Free Tut Weekend a Huge Success at our de Young Museum

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Check out just a part of the throngs clamoring to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park this Free Target Weekend.

See? The line started at the front, then headed towards the Japanese Tea Garden and then on off to JFK Jr. Drive and points unknown.

Now people, you didn’t expect that the mummy would be traveling around the world, did you? That thing’s not leaving Egypt ever – it never has and it never will. And the iconic funeary mask and Selket – you could see those things back in 1979 but not anymore. And actually, Egypt’s on a museum-building kick these days, so when this traveling show’s over, it’s over - the stuff on this tour won’t ever be coming back to America.

This exhibit packs up on on March 28th, 2010. See you there!

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OMG – See the King Tut Show for FREE at the de Young on February 20-21!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

It doesn’t get any more mega than this – mark your calendar now for the third weekend in February so that you’ll be sure to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs for free courtesy of Target. (Believe it or not, San Francisco County yearns for its very own Tar-ghey – such a store would be packed 24-7, srsly. But anyway…)

There are some rules, of course:

“Tickets will be available on site only, with a limit of four tickets per adult for that day. All tickets are first-come, first-served and timed and dated.”  

On the other hand:

“The permanent collections of the de Young will be free to the public all weekend and free programming will include children’s art making, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, belly and sword dancers and a dj spinning in Wilsey Court, as well as a festival of mummy movies screened from noon to 5 pm in the Koret Auditorium.”

Join the commotion involving the Boy King:

Here’s some king bling – the cobra adjusts your attitude and, after you stop squirming, the vulture finishes you off. This is the view I had at the de Young – it’s behind some glass but you can get super close to it:

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Look at all the fuss they went to so that you and yours can come to town, park for free (probably, it’s really easy to park for free if you’re willing to walk a little to get to the museum – if you’re stuck in traffic or constantly circling, you’re doing it wrong) and see the show for free.

Lots of painstaking work involved:

Check out all the gritty nitty of this special upcoming weekend after the jump.

See you there!

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See King Tut Show at the de Young Museum on Columbus Day 2009 – a Two for One Sale!

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

What are you doing this Monday, October 12th, 2009? You’re not going to work on Columbus Day are you? Gaia forfend!

Well, if you have the time, grab your partner and doh si doh on over to Golden Gate Park ‘s de Young Museum, where tickets to see the Boy King in San Francisco are half-off, one day only:

It’s Tut, baby.

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I’ll be at work, but otherwise, I’d…

See You There!

Iron Horse Vineyards Commemorates Tutankhamun Show with “Tut Cuvée” Sparkling Wine

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Bigelow Report forecasted it a while ago, so you had to happen – Tut Cuvée, a “limited edition” sparking wine, is now available at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

It’s Tut, baby! You knew he was going to bring it. Check it out in the cafe when you see the Tut show.

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Or “champagne.” You can call it that, “semi-generically,” if you want. It’s your right as an American. (That reminds me that I need to tell you about the Secret Sherry Society sometime. Moving on…)

Actually, if you want to get a bottle to go as a souvenir gift for your friends at home, you could do a lot worse. I don’t think you can actually get a bottle at the museum, but they’ll sell a glassful to you. And what’s wrong with that?

All the deets:

TUT CUVÉE, SPARKLING WINE FIT FOR A PHARAOH, LAUNCHES ON SEPTEMBER 10
A portion of the proceeds goes to funding school visits to the King Tut exhibition.
 
SAN FRANCISCO – The de Young Museum, in partnership with Iron Horse Vineyards, is pleased to announce the debut of Tut Cuvée, a limited edition, premium sparkling wine created to commemorate the exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, currently on view at the museum.  One dollar of the purchase price of every bottle will go towards sending school children to see the exhibition for free.  Over 350 Bay Area school children will benefit from this initiative.

“We have created wine for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, the Pope and now a Pharaoh.  But my family and I are most proud that sales of Tut Cuvée will send so many Bay Area kids to see the exhibition and experience ancient Egypt face-to-face,” explains Joy Sterling, CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards.

Iron Horse Vineyards Winemaker David Munksgard crafted Tut Cuvée from a 2006 vintage Blanc de Noirs made from predominantly Pinot Noir grapes with a splash of Chardonnay. The dosage, or finishing element, for the sparkling wine was selected through a special tasting session conducted at the winery in Sebastopol in August.  The panel consisted of David Munksgard, Fine Arts Museums Director John Buchanan and Spencer Christian, host of KGO-TV’s View from the Bay and a celebrated oenophile.  “We crafted Tut Cuvée to embody all the qualities one would ascribe to the boy king – regal, elegant, and very dry!” quips John Buchanan.

To ensure a sparkling wine fit for a pharaoh, only 500 cases will be produced in this limited edition.  Tut Cuvée will be available for sale by the glass in the de Young Museum Café, by the bottle or case at the Iron Horse Vineyards tasting room in Sebastopol, and at fine wine shops throughout the Bay Area.  The wine is also available online at www.ironhorsevineyards.com.  Tut Cuvée will retail for $29.99 per bottle.

MUNI’s Pathetic San Francisco CultureBus Gets Mocked on Its Final Run

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

A kind of black celebration was held in Golden Gate Park this afternoon to mark the end of the MUNI’s San Francisco CultureBus.

See the death throes of CB via Steve Rhodes, Whole Wheat Toast, Plug1, Octoferret, MattyMatt, SftaJan, AgentAkit, and Jamison

Who showed up? Transit fans and local online royalty. Click to expand:

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This 74-X couldn’t leave without baffling its last pair of tourists. They didn’t get on. Surprised?

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All that was left was the filled-in pole hole that used to mark the CB bus stop:

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Yes, the 74X is terminal. It’s dead, Jim

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Here’s one last glimpse through the famous see-through bus: 

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Perhaps these brand new buses and their friendly drivers will soon be put to better use, just in time for the possible BART strike.

We Can Only Hope.

Who’s Responsible for the Failure of MUNI’s CultureBus?

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Today will see the last run of the San Francisco CultureBus (or “Culture Bus,” some people call it that). Yes, they’re “taking Old Yeller out back to shoot it and put it out of its misery.” But once you have a carcass, you need to find someone to take the blame for the FAIL. So, around whose neck should this screaming yellow albatross go?

The answer in MUNI chief Nat Ford. But not for the reason you might think.

“Is it he?” quoth one, “Is this the man?”
by him who died on cross,
With his cruel bow he laid full low
The harmless CultureBus.

Nat Ford is the Ancient Mariner:

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Watchet, Somerset, England. Via Adrian Pingstone

Is the source of the idea of the CultureBus documented anywhere? Not that I’m aware of. Obviously, the whole program was highly redolent of the New York City “Culture Bus” that ran from 1973 to 1982, but who had the idea to revive CB here in San Francisco? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter.

Whether or not the CultureBus concept was forced upon MUNI, doesn’t MUNI have the right and obligation to tinker with the idea? Did MUNI do anything to alter the CultureBus program once it became obvious (I’d peg it at early October 2008) that the daily ridership was turning out to be extremely low? I mean something other than spewing the stereotypical platitudes you’d expect them to spew?

Here’s what MUNI did – it cut back service 66% in January and raised prices 43% in July. That’s it. Just how airtight were these unseen agreements made amongst the stakeholders? Nothing could be done? Srsly?

(So, it’s like the Great Helmsman, the Dear Leader appoints you manage the Yangtse River Watershed and then tells you to kill every damned songbird within a 500 mile radius - how would you respond? Here’s what you’d do, you’re a team player right? You’d execute the plan and then wait for millions to die, powerless to alter Fate. And then you’d say boy, that Great Leap Forward, boy, it just didn’t work out.)

Wouldn’t it have been interesting to try something different? Lower the price to $1.50 for the sole purpose of actually moving people about the City in light of the circumstances? Or just trying anything except the same old same old, month after month?

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Oh well.

So there’s your albatross, Nat. 

But that’s why you get paid the big bucks.

And as for you CultureBus, your pain is over, boy. Soon the Twitter birds will descend to lift you to Heaven.

Sleep! It is a gentle thing:

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(In Elysium, there’ll be plenty of diesel and you’ll always be full of happy passengers.)

Good night, sweet CultureBus.

San Francisco Surrenders – The Pigeons are Now Firmly in Control

Friday, July 31st, 2009

They’re everywhere.

As seen on Market Street. Mid-Market, actually, home of boarded-up storefronts and empty newsboxes, for some reason. Look at these boids strutting around on the Champs-Élysées of the West” like they own the place.

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I, for one, welcome our new avian overlords. (Actually, maybe not. Histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis - the risk of contracting those conditions is something to consider before cleaning up after these flying rats.)

Maybe we’ll get the birth control thing figured out one of these days, but probably not.

All Hail King Pigeon.