Skyscape at the de Young

21 12 2008

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img_2114img_2107img_2110  A few months ago my friend Donna took me to this wonderful part of the de Young museum I’d never been to before, even though I’ve sipped drinks and eaten lunch right next to it several times. In the back corner, behind the cafe, look for a mound covered with shaggy grass. Then walk behind it (wearing your entrance sticker and passing the guard) and you’ll discover an entrance into it!  Walk around the edges inside, then emerge into a round chamber with a big round opening in the ceiling. Not huge. Not technologically “advanced.” But profound.

 I thought you would enjoy these photos today, on this most powerful of solstices, going deep inside and looking forward to the return of the light.

P.S. Please comment below if you know what this is called.





The CultureBus

26 09 2008

Well, here’s a good idea! 

Last weekend, Muni started a new eco-friendly bus line, the 74X CultureBus. For $7 you can ride all day and see a lot of San Francisco’s major arts and culture institutions around the City ($5 for seniors, youth and disabled people; free for children under 4). 

 

Check out all the places it stops:

Yerba Buena Cultural Institutions

California Historical Society (www.californiahistoricalsociety.org)
Cartoon Art Museum (www.cartoonart.org)
Contemporary Jewish Museum (www.thecjm.org)
GLBT Historical Society (www.glbthistory.org)
Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org)
Museum of Craft and Folk Art (www.mocfa.org)
SFMOMA (www.sfmoma.org)
SF Camerwork (www.sfcamerawork.org)
The Society of California Pioneers (www.californiapioneers.org)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (www.ybca.org)
Zeum (www.zeum.org)

Galleries

111 Minna Gallery (www.111minnagallery.com)
Aurobora Press (www.aurobora.com)
Baer Ridgway Exhibitions (www.baerridgway.com)
Braunstein/Quay Gallery (www.bquayartgallery.com)
Catharine Clark Gallery (www.cclarkgallery.com)
Chandler Fine Art (www.chandlersf.com)
Crown Point Press (www.crownpoint.com)
Modernism (www.modernisminc.com)
RayKo Photo Center (www.raykophoto.com)
Sculpturesite Gallery (www.sculpturesite.com)
The Artists Alley (www.theartistsalley.com)
Varnish Fine Art (www.varnishfineart.com)
Visual Aid (www.visualaid.org)
Other Yerba Buena Arts and Events (www.ybgf.org)

Civic Center

Asian Art Museum (www.asianart.org)
City Hall (www.sfgov.org)

Golden Gate Park Museum Concourse

de Young Museum (www.famsf.org/deyoung)
California Academy of Sciences (www.calacademy.org)
Japanese Tea Garden (www.sfpt.org/japanese_tea_garden.html)
Conservatory of Flowers (www.conservatoryofflowers.org)