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The old museum audio tours of yore are no more—not that you've taken one lately. Now, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, a nifty mobile app with pioneering indoor positioning technology can take us through the collections and tell us everything we need to know.
It's the freakin weekend, baby.
When pondering the meteoric career of pop artist Keith Haring, the phrase “flash in the pan” is often uttered, but its relevance is up for debate. Dr. Timothy Leary, late psychologist and LSD poster boy, appreciated this description of his friend, despite its anticlimactic connotations, saying that it was a “good place to start.” A mere decade in the making, Haring’s skyrocketing trajectory, tragically cut short by AIDS in 1990 when he was 31 years old, surely qualifies as fleeting, but then again, his work—easily recognizable by its strong lines and kinetic nature—still makes an impact.
Ever since the announcement of "The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950 - 1990" the city's been abuzz with anticipation. And for good reason. The show, which officially opens on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the de Young is one of the most exquisite exhibitions to hit town. Each of the 150 shimmering specimens is perched in a black lacquered case or pedestal, all of which was painstakingly designed by the Bulgari team.
On July 14, Eiffel Towers were awash in the reflective light of mirrored balls in the de Young Museum’s Wilsey Court for ArtPoint's third annual Bastille Day Party, Paris Is Burning. Burlesque accordion player Kitten on the Keys greeted over 800 young supporters of the arts at the door. The guests were decked out in exuberant cocktail attire. Sequins, leather, platform shoes, and ostrich plumes were the order of the evening.
Anyone who's ventured through Golden Gate Park and into the gorgeous de Young knows it sports world-class art, artifacts and exhibits of the mind-blowing caliber. The savvy museum has revealed a glittering new app for iPhones and iPads that takes viewers through the museum using world-renowned artists as guides to the collections, the museum's history and even the building itself.
Rarely seen in public without an impeccably tailored suit, tie, and pocket square, Vogue’s fearless European editor at large Hamish Bowles is a style icon from head to toe. A staple on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List, Bowles is also recognized as one of the most respected authorities in the worlds of fashion and interiors.
Aside from working under the helm of Anna Wintour, he’s written numerous books on the subject of design and curated the wildly popular exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years.” His latest coup is as guest curator of “Balenciaga and Spain,” an unprecedented retrospective of the legendary designer’s work, which opens at the de Young Museum this month.
Add this to the mountainous pile of awesome art events kicking off this weekend: the de Young Museum's got a lot going on tonight, starting at 5:30 pm with their excellent Mission Muralismo film series, showing Piece by Piece and one of the Berlin International Film Festival's favorites, Qualit