Thursday, February 4, 2016

SF Museums in Feb

Legion of Honor: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Pierre Bonnard: Painting ArcadiaFebruary 6, 2016 – May 15, 2016
The first major West Coast exhibit to display the works of Pierre Bonnard in half a century, Painting Arcadia features more than 70 works spanning the French artist’s entire career. Bonnard was an early member of Les Nabis, a group of “prophets” who exerted a major influence on the art produced in France during the late 19th century. After disbanding from the group, he went on to be one of the defining figures of modernism, and even dabbled in photography, interior scenes, and more.

Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” January 9, 2016 – April 10, 2016
Making its United States premiere, “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” comes to the esteemed Legion of Honor from the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it was first recorded in the collection in 1682. The influence of Leonardo da Vinci on Raphael is evident in the female portrait from the Florentine era, and is most recognized for the lap unicorn. Be sure to check the museum’s website for times when the 15-minute lecture series on the painting are offered.

Contemporary Jewish Museum: Monday – Tuesday & Friday – Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 11 AM – 8 PM

Chasing Justice, November 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016
“Amid current political debates over hi-tech surveillance, from the NSA to iPhone videos of police actions, this exhibition explores issues of government surveillance and power—both historically and today,” says Curator Renny Pritikin. Portland artist, Joby Baron, has been on a mission to catch a glimpse of the mysterious abstract paintings that line the hallways of the CIA headquarters in Virginia. The publicly inaccessible collection was loaned to the CIA in the 1970s by Vincent Melzac, a Jewish American businessman and art collector. Much of the show features Baron’s attempts to recreate these secret artworks. The exhibit also features the works of Arnold Mesches who uses the seven hundred pages of his FBI file to create his series, and Berkeley-based Robbin Henderson, who explores the Biblical theme to “pursue justice.”

Make sure to check out the “X Is For” installment, where the museum’s Teen Art Connect (TAC) interns have created paper-cut portraits along with written pieces on the lesser known figures behind social change movements—adding a local and current perspective to the walls of the Chasing Justice exhibition.

"Horticultural Pavilian" by Tom Hilton cc Flickr 2.0
“Horticultural Pavilian” by Tom Hilton cc Flickr 2.0

Conservatory of Flowers: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (last entry 4 PM)
Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-PacificNovember 12, 2015 – April 10, 2016
Celebrating the Centennial of San Francisco’s historic 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition, this enchanting display features model trains that wind their way past the fairgrounds, and the event’s most famous monuments—including the Tower of Jewels, Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Surrounded by a landscape of hundreds of dwarf plants, several water features, as well as interpretive signs, memorabilia, and interactive activities, visitors will experience the colorful history of the grand fair that signaled San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake.

Willard E. Worden, "Midnight in Chinatown," 1903. Gelatin silver print. R.D. Moore Collection
Willard E. Worden, “Midnight in Chinatown,” 1903. Gelatin silver print. R.D. Moore Collection

De Young Museum: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard WordenJuly 25, 2015 – February 14, 2016

In its final weeks, this exhibit features the incredible photographs of Willard Worden, and his fascinating captures of San Francisco before, during, and after the earthquake of 1906. The 73 photographs making up the collection come from the first two decades of the 20th century, and include views of San Francisco’s coastline, Golden Gate Park, and Chinatown. As one of the Panama-Pacific world’s fair official photographers, Worden also managed to highlight the event’s architectural and sculptural creations by day and night.

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i, August 29, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Although featherwork dates back many centuries, this presentation focuses on pieces made for Hawaiian royals beginning in the late 18th century and ending in the early 20th century. This exhibit showcases 75 examples of featherwork including long cloaks and short capes (‘ahu ‘ula), royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feathered lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), and paintings.

Walt Disney Museum: Monday & Wednesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM (last entry 4:45 PM)

Mel Shaw: An Animator on HorsebackJanuary 13, 2016 – September 12, 2016
One of the most in-demand artists and storytellers in Hollywood at the time, Mel Shaw has been a part of some of the most beloved films in the Disney franchise, including: Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, and The Lion King. After running away from his Los Angeles home at the age of 14 in a failed attempt to become a cowboy, Shaw returned to land a job at a movie title company—eventually catching the attention of a certain Walt Disney. The recently opened exhibition at The Walt Disney Museum features more than 120 of Shaw’s works, from caricature sketches and storyboards, to scupltures, oil paintings, iconic toys, and artifacts documenting Shaw’s redesign of the charcter we now all recognize as Howdy Doody. This is the first time many of these objects will be on display for the public to view.

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