de young museum
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
Just like another '70s-era cultural phenomenon, “blockbuster is the word” that captures the de Young Museum’s current exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.
In fact, we can’t recall ever hearing that phrase uttered more at a single event than at the recent opening-night gala which celebrated the return to San Francisco of the Boy King.
The exhibition features 130 objects (curated by the de Young’s Renee Dreyfus). Only about 50 of those derive from the treasure-troved tomb of Tut which was discovered in 1922. The rest comprise other, wonderfully fantastic funereal finery from the tombs of his royal relatives.
One of the greatest pleasures of “Art and Power in the Central African Savanna” at the has to be the moment you come across the almost-16-inch-high figure said to represent the Chokwe hero Chibinda Illunga. Curator Constantine Petridis of Cleveland Museum of Art saved it for last, when a few weeks ago he walked a slew of media mavens and African art specialists through the new de Young Museum exhibition of 60 or so sculptures created by Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa artisans working in Central Africa.
It's not every day you can get up close and personal with the posessions of Egypt's best-known pharaoh. But starting June 27, history buffs can check out King Tut's treasures when Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens at the de Young. This marks the first time in thirty years that Northern Californians have the opportunity to see the famous pharaoh's artifacts since the de Young's very first, record-breaking exhibit in 1979. Visitors will have the chance to view over 130 relics from King Tut's tomb and other ancient Egyptian sites, plus an additional selection of artifacts new to the traveling exhibition.
While I have no plans to officially participate in the Facebook 25 Random Things About Me survey, I will share two brief things:
1) The soundtrack to my college years was informed by The Velvet Underground.
2) Quite shamelessly, I adore (but try to avoid) finger-food that consists of highly-processed, non-organic and hyper-packaged foodstuffs such as mini-grilled cheese, pigs-in-a-blanket and Strawberry Pop-Tarts.
But so, too, was the McCall Associates buffet at last night’s opening-night party which benefitted the de Young Museum’s Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and Textiles Galleries. That’s because McCall Executive Chef Lucas Schoemaker had cooked up our all-time favorite: Swedish Meatballs!
San Francisco has been in a Warhol frenzy of late, enjoying an ArtPoint panel discussion of his work, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (running through Feb. 3), and now a chance for budding artists and theatrical types to give their best Warhol impersonation. Yes, you read that right: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and father-son duo, Rene and Rio Yañez from SOMArt, are looking for Warhol fanatics or wannabes to assume the role of the iconic artist himself in a handful of public appearances. Auditions will be held this Saturday, Jan.
ArtPoint, a Fine Arts Museum affiliate whose goal is to encourage young professionals to become more involved in the local art scene, packed 111 Minna Gallery Thursday night with its first aMuse lecture series event of the 2009 season. The discussion "15 Minutes with Andy Warhol" (which lasted closer to two hours than 15 minutes) gave local art lovers a chance to parse Warhol's work and its lasting effects on the art community, even 22 years after the Pittsburgh, Penn. native met his untimely death.