Posts Tagged ‘whistler’s Mother’

Is It Really Worth $75 a Year to be a Member of the Yahoo-Groupsish Golden Gate Mothers Group?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

[UPDATE: Welcome, BigTent visitors! But play nice - please retract your claws when you and your nannies venture away from your online ghetto and onto the Civilized Internet.]

Would Whistler’s Mother have “qualified” to spend $75 to become a “member” of the “exclusive” Yahoo-Groupsish Golden Gate Mothers Group? Sadly no, as she was one of those “older mothers.” Check out the membership criteria, below.

As recently seen at our de Young Museum:

And $75 a year? Shouldn’t a labor of love be a labor of love?

Food for thought, non?

BigTent? WTF:

MEMBERSHIP

  • What are the criteria for membership?
    You must be a woman who lives in San Francisco and is expecting a child or has at least one child younger than 5 years old. Our organization is intended solely to support mothers and to explore the issues that arise in motherhood.
  • What does it cost and how is the money spent?
    Both our initial and renewal fees are $75 for membership for one year. This covers the administrative and operating expenses of our group including various programs such as educational events, kids activities, social events, Just For Moms events, playgroups, newsletter and more. Any credit card charges made to GGMG will be listed on your statement as “BigTent”.
  • Can I pay by check?
    Our primary method of collecting membership fees is through BigTent. Because our approval process and newsletter distribution relies heavily on BigTent, we are not able to process any membership fees through paper check. Alternatively, membership fees can be collected though the gift membership process. Information can be found at www.ggmg.org/giftmembership.html.

OMG, Win Tickets to See the Big Impressionists Show at the de Young Museum!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Looks like Darren K is the big winner today. Thanks for playing!]

I’ll tell you, the big Impressionists show over at our de Young Museum is the real deal. It’s a must-see, baby. But it’s leaving us on September 6th, 2010.

So, you need to get over there while you have the chance. Now, if you want to win a free pair of V.I.P. tickets (the kind without a time stamp so you can just show up and walk right in, generally), make a comment to this post telling everyone the name of the de Young’s affinity card that gets you discounts and special offers all over Northern California sometime after noon on Monday, July 26th, 2010. That’s it. I’m thinking that you’ll want to try posting right at noon on Monday. You got one shot at it. I’ll check the timestamp – 11:59 AM won’t cut it, but 12:00 PM or later will. First one wins. Use your real email, it won’t get published.

And, bonus, you’ll also get the hefty show catalog, which you could use to defend yourself in a streetfight, should the need arise.

And just look at what you might see there:

You can’t win if you don’t play.

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay fever. Catch it.

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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The Great Uncrating: Our de Young Museum Unpacks Whistler’s Mother for Media Scrum

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

(Note the “r” in scrum, if you would.) Oh baby, our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was all a twitter this morning during the uncrating of Whistler’s Mother - she just came in all the way from France. (This painting makes it to our neck of the woods less often than King Tut, so this is a big deal – we’re lucky to have it.)

The famous image (the fourth most-recognized painting in the world – can you name others?) will star in Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. That big exhibit kicks off May 22nd, 2010.

It was quite the media circus. See?

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But let’s start at the beginning.

Here’s the big box it was shipped in:

It’s a living:

And here she is, up on the wall.

This big show opens soon, right? 

Arrangement in Gray and Black is the official title:

See you there!