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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.

Tut at the de Young – Know Your Boy King: #2, Anubis the Protector

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

It’s Tut! It’s dazzling! As you know by now, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs has opened at the de Young Museum.

Now these days, you can’t travel without protection so what better Protector could you find than Anubis, the jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology.

And here he is, from far away, it’s 25 foot tall metal Anubis being installed up in Yelp-rated Pier 39:

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Now that’s better. Don’t lose your head, A-dog. 

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This whole installation was quite the circus with circling news choppers and the works. 

Now, you gots to install giant Anubis in pieces, and not do it the way they did in Hotlanta, GA. This chart posted inside of the hollow statue spells it all out:

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Is this jackal a naughty boy? Some seem to think so.

Here’s Tut’s actual Anubis, the main man who was at the ready for 3000 years in Egypt. There’s a lot to learn when you see the Tut show in Golden Gate Park. And, bonus,  it’s even open tomorrow, the Fourth of July, last entry at 2:00 PM.

And check out Cultural Encounters tonight at the de Young. See you there!

Tut at the de Young – Know Your Boy King: #1, Diadem with Vulture and Cobra

Friday, June 26th, 2009

It’s Tut! It’s dazzling! As you know by now, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is opening tomorrow at the de Young Museum.

This is King Tut’s royal headband. His mummified head wore it for over 3000 years, but now it’s available for you to view in Golden Gate Park.

Click to expand - go ahead, they won’t bite:

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Inlaid Diadem with Vulture and Cobra. Gold, glass, obsidian, carnelian, malachite, chalcedony, lapis lazuli. Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun (1332–1323 B.C.). Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Tutankhamun

Tut at the de Young Looks Absolutely Fantastic – A Must See

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

It’s Tut! It’s dazzling! Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is opening soon at the de Young Museum.

Don’t expect another tour 30 years from now. When this exhibit ends, it ends – you’ll have to journey to Egypt ’cause this large collection of artifacts won’t ever go on the road  again.  

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday with  Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and, of course, a 3000-year-old life-size bust of the Boy King:

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Don’t just show up there in Golden Gate Park this weekend, you’ll need to get your tickets first.

See you there! (If not on Opening Weekend, sometime soon.)

Countdown to Tut at the de Young Begins – The Great Uncrating

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

OMG, it’s TUT! Once again. Of course it takes a little bit more than just prying open some crates to get Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs going at the de Young Museum. Experts are needed every step of the way.

Read all about it over at the Examiner and the Chronicle and take a look at some video at KGO-TV and KTVU.

Great care was taken to get this wooden bust of the boy king up on its perch yesterday. Click to expand:

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Easy now:

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Here’s a closeup of the famous teen:

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And here’s the mise-en-scene:

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Over in another room, experts are using thousands of photographs to help with condition reporting, making sure the rigors of travel aren’t taking their toll. Queen Nefertiti lost her nose over the past few thousand years but looks great otherwise.

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The whole shebang starts on June 27, 2009, and prices start at just $22.50.

It’s going to be on.

See you there!

The Month of Tut is Upon Us – A Huge June for the de Young Museum

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Of course, the King Tut exhibition is coming to the de young Museum in Golden Gate Park at the end of the month, but there’s plenty of stuff going on leading up to that.

First up is Dr. Carol Redmount with her Art History Lecture: “To Tut or Not to Tut: King Tut in the Context of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty.” That’s tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM. And you can see all the rest, below.

This giant bronze tortoise has been counting the hours since 1979, patiently waiting for the return of the Tut exhibition.  

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Known as the “Navigators’ Dial“, this sundial is dedicated to three early explorers of the California coast. The dial itself is a sliced bronze globe of the earth sitting on the back of a tortoise. Overall, the globe hemisphere is about 2-1/2 feet in diameter, showing the world in relief centered on California. The flat face of the hemisphere is a beautiful vertical reclining dial.”

And now, on with the show:

JUNE PROGRAMS AT THE DE YOUNG:

Thursday 6/4/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Art History Lecture: To Tut or Not to Tut: King Tut in the Context of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, Dr. Carol Redmount, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley. Lecture admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Friday 6/5/09
de Young: Wilsey Court
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nightsat the de Young presents “Come Dance Salsa with Usin Wilsey Court,” featuring Edgardo and Candela, presented with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Museum admission is not required for most programs. Information: 415-750-7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Friday 6/5/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
7:00–8:30 pm
de Young Poetry Series presents Tobias Wolff. General admission is $5 and free for members and college students with ID. Purchase tickets at the door or at www.famsf.org. No museum admission is required. Information: 415-750-3531 or amartin@famsf.org

Saturday 6/6/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3:00 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to the textiles collection. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415-750-3658 or
elewmorris@famsf.org

Tuesday 6/9/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
8:00 pm
American Decorative Arts Forum Lecture: The Shipcarvers’ Art: Wooden Sculpture in 19th-Century America, Ralph Sessions, DC Moore Gallery, New York. Doors open at 7:15 pm for a miniature exhibition of folk art objects and images. Admission is $15 and free for ADAF members. Museum is closed; enter through garage level B1. Information: 415.249.9234 or www.adafca.org

Thursday 6/11/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Art History Lecture: Furnishing a Tomb for Tutankhamun’s Subjects, Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Ancient Art Council. Admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Friday 6/12/09
de Young
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young presents “Honor the Basket,” celebrating Native California baskets and weavers. Museum admission is not required for most programs. Information: 415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Saturday 6/13/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3:00 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to the collection of California paintings. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415.750.3658 or elewmorris@famsf.org

Saturday 6/13/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
3:00 pm
Ancient Art Council Lecture: Discovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb, by Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum. Howard Carter became a household name when he discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. This lecture examines his great success and amazing finds in the Valley of the Kings. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Docent Council. Suggested donation is $5 and free for AAC members and docents. Information: 415.750.3686 or ancientart@famsf.org

Sunday 6/14/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture: Early Transferware Pottery for the American Market, Richard K. Henrywood, author and independent ceramics specialist, England. Information: 415.752.3830 or www.patricianantiques.com/sfcc

Thursday 6/18
de Young: Koret Auditorium
1:00 pm
Art History Lecture: Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, Dr. Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art, Cleveland Museum of Art. Admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Thursday 6/18
6:30–9:30 pm
ArtPoint Engage! gallery event; venue and ticket prices TBD. Information: 415.750.3584 or artpoint@famsf.org

Friday 6/19/09
de Young
1:00–5:00 pm
Art and Power in the Central African Savanna Members-Only Preview Hours

Friday 6/19
de Young
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young presents opening night of Art and Power. In addition, Cultural Encounters Commissions artists Meklit Hadero and Todd Brown perform Nafasha Ayer. Museum admission not required for most programs. Information: 415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Friday 6/19/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
6:30 pm
Lecture: Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, Dr. Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art, Cleveland Museum of Art. Information: 415.750.3531 or amartin@famsf.org

Saturday 6/20/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Textile Arts Council Lecture: Sixth Annual Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Art: Tribal Textiles of India: Dilemma for Survival—Conserve or Diversify, Bina Rao. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for FAMSF members and students, and free to TAC members. No museum admission required. Information: 415-750-3627, tac@famsf.org or www.textileartscouncil.org

Saturday 6/20/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to animals in art. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415.750.3658 or elewmorris@famsf.org

Thursday 6/25/09
de Young
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Members-Only Preview Hours. Tickets required.

Thursday 6/25/09
de Young: Koret Auditorium
10:00 am
Art History Lecture: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, Dr. Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge, Ancient Art and Interpretation, FAMSF. Admission is $4 for the general public and $3 for FAMSF members. No museum admission required. Information: 415.750.3638

Friday 6/26/09
de Young
9:00 am–8:45 pm
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Members-Only Preview Hours. Tickets required.

Friday 6/26/09
de Young
5:00–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young presents music and dance, celebrating Tutankhamun
and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. Museum admission not required for most programs. Information: 415.750.7694 or nschach@famsf.org

Saturday 6/27/09
de Young: Kimball Education Gallery
10:30 am–noon (public)
1:30–3:00 pm (members only)
Children’s Workshops: Doing and Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids. Activities relate to the collection of contemporary sculpture. Please, no late admittance. Information: 415.750.3658 or elewmorris@famsf.org

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