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Diego Rivera Murals
In the early 1930's, Diego Rivera, husband of the famous Frida Kahlo, spent some time in San Francisco creating some of his murals. There are four of these still viewable in the City.
On the walls inside the Pacific Stock Exchange can be found Allegoria di California, or an Allegory of California.
At 45 Pier, you can find this Museum, you do not have to pay to enter. While Stacy was so concentrate doing his photos of Alcatraz and the submarine, i got inside to check what it was this all about. I just loved and knew Stacy would do it as well so I call him to enter.
WE bought played some of them inside and memories of the past (Barry island or my mother histories came back to our minds)
A must visit even if it is a off the beaten path….
Step Back in Time into Old San Francisco
The Museum of San Francisco, The Musee Macanique is very odd but interesting. Nice exhibit on the history of SF, but after that are tons of coin operated Antique carny games and pin ball machines. Games of chance, skillI and strength that all came from an old SF amusement park, Playland at the Beach (1928-1972) It's kind of earie to walk around all the old arcade games and toys. Includes miniature model of the old amusement park. Free Admission. Kids would like this place, unless it scared them. Located towards the end of Fisherman's wharf at Pier 45 until the end of 2004, then moves back to it's original location at the Cliff House. Check out the website for more info and photos of the games.
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Concervatory of Flowers
This greenhouse is at the Golden Gate Park on eof the oldest ones.
You can find here lots of rare, tropical and exotic plants
It is one of the first monuments you see of the Park if you come through Union in direction to the Pacific Ocean…
Best museum in SF?
San Francisco has somewhat of a reputation as having not-very-good museums. This has changed in recent years, fortunately. One of the best is the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. It is off the beaten track - in the NW part of the city. The building itself is a work of art - severely damaged in the '89 earthquake it was closed for several years for renovation. As the MH DeYoung museum is being torn down and rebuilt, much of it's permanent collection is now housed here. It has a very diverse collecion from aincient art to presen day pop art. Highlights - Rodin collection, a stunning collection of 15th c. paintings, pop art featuring Warhol and Rauschenburg, and several "art rooms" featuring 17th century panelling! Also, great views of the Marin headlands and the GG bridge!
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San Francisco Art Institute
A second Diego Rivera mural, The Making of a Fresco, can be seen at the San Francsico Art Institute.
Located at 600 Chestnut Street, the Institute is open to the public from 9 am til 8 pm daily.
One interesting aspect of this mural is that Rivera has painted himself into the fresco, as the artist seated on the scaffold.
Stern Grove Summer Festivals
The ‘Stern Grove’ festivals on Sundays in June/July/August are brilliant fun. Best of all it’s free – the music and the atmosphere in a wonderful little natural amphitheatre in the heart of wooded parkland. Grab some others, a picnic and soak it all up – from jazz to opera, beats to bass there’s something for everyone. Check the programmes online!
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Free Sunday outdoor concerts in Stern Grove
Every Sunday from mid June through August the Stern Grove Festival Association presents free concerts in a beautiful amphitheatre surrounded by redwood and eucalyptus trees. Past performers have includes : the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet, Tower of Power, and Luncidia Wiliams.
The main entrance to Stern Grove is located at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.
Strern Grove is the wonderful outdoor concert series held every summer in the Sunset district. They book talent from the SF Ballet to Reggae and Rock shows. Get their early as it is all lawn seating and usually fills up fast.
This is a unique SF only experience!
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2nd Federal Mint: Pacific Heritage Museum
The second federal mint in the USA was in this modest brick and mortar building within the Jackson District of San Francisco. At the time, the need to create a mint was based upon the difficulty and hazards of transporting gold and silver from the Sierra mines to the original mint in Philadelphia. The original building constructed in 1854 lasted just one year, converting miners' gold into coins, but produced an amazing $4,084,207 in gold pieces by December of that year. The current brick building was designed for the purpose by Treasury Architect William Appleton Potter, and survived the 1906 Earthquake only to be consumed by the Great Fire. This building was reconstructed, reducing it from the original four stories to the current two story structure, and then changed ownership several times; however, the building was declared a California State Historical Landmark (Number 87) in 1949, and as a San Francisco City Landmark in 1970. The building was carefully integrated into the much larger United Commercial Bank building, also the world headquarters for this bank, and which now caretakes the museum. In addition to the interesting cut-away views of what remains of the old mint, there are rotating exhibits of Pacific Rim artists. At the time of our brief visit, there was an exhibition of 56 Chinese ink-and-brush paintings by the artist Su Fung-nan. The museum notes that his works are characterized by beautiful calligraphic lines and expressive qualities. The museum is free to the public and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 4pm. Located at 608 Commerical Street, This is an easy place to stop by for a few minutes, after lunch at on of the street cafes, such as 7 Pleasures, during a walk through the Historic Jackson District, or as a brief rest from a jog starting at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero.
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Djerassi Resident Artist Colony-take a tour!
Down in Woodside, set on 650 rolling acres is the Djerassi Ranch, home to the Resident Artist program where artists come to create writing, art, sculptures and music. Every so often (check the website for dates) 2-mile and half day tours of the sculptures and grounds are offered. I've included one of my favorite sculptures that artists in residence have created. St. Denis Tower is set up on a hill and is created out of willow branches woven together. I've too many pictures to include here, so check my 'Djerassi travelogue' for pictures of more sculptures
A Free Art Show
The Academy of Art University has a redundant name but an excellent reputation as a school for the visual arts: graphic design, illustration, photography, computer arts, animation, and other related subjects. They often have window displays that showcase their students' work.
On a recent visit, I spent about half an hour walking around the outside of the University's building and perusing the exhibits. It was fascinating to read about these young up-and-coming artists and how they view their work.
79 New Montgomery Street, south of Market
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Art and Wine Free on First Thursdays!
Every first Thursday of the month, local art galleries stay open until about 7:30 so art lovers, social butterflies, and curious geaorges can check out the latest exhibits, drink some wine, and improve their aesthetic tastes. The downtown galleries that participate in this are at 49 Geary and 75 Geary (you can't miss the people streaming in and out of the buildings). A few blocks up are the Sutter Street galleries including HangART and Hang Art annex. (www.hangart.com).
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where else can you sit in pitch darkness and "watch" music take the form of sound sculptures? This is a 49 seat sound space surrounded by speakers in the walls, ceilings, and floor. You sit in the dark with your eyes closed and listen as various types of music and sound are manipulated and layered through space, direction, and volume to create a unique sensory experience.
Warning- not for everyone--I saw people sleeping all the way through it, they were so relaxed. For others, I saw them walk out with a WTF look- they thought they should have been in Berkeley instead.
Audium is every Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm
The Vaillancourt Fountain
This piece of art is standing in Justin Herman Plazza, close to the Embarcadero center.
In short, this is rather puzzling!
You are supposed to climb on and through it and water is supposed to fall from inside...
However when I have seen it in january, it was closed and there was no falling water, that's probably why I was not that impressed...
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