Spring Break in SF: The de Young Museum

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This weekend, I took the Caltrain up to San Francisco to visit my aunt and uncle. Saturday evening, we dined (with great beer, I might add) at Walzwerk, an East German restaurant, and then got up the next morning and headed to Golden Gate Park to visit the fantastic de Young Museum, which showcases collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific.
Completed in 2005 and sheathed entirely in copper and brass, the building is meant to blend into its Golden Gate Park surroundings as the copper oxidizes and turns green with age.


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As it stands currently, the building is an imposing brown structure that some critics have alternately called “a huge shed,” an “Internet start-up company,” an “aircraft carrier,” a “Howard Johnson’s of the future,” “atrocious” and “ugly” (Wikipedia).
Inside, the building seems to do a better job of merging the industrial with the natural. Its use of small atriums filled with ferns and other greenery, plus rough concrete and open-air spaces gives the interior a ruggedness found in both nature and in modern industrial life, while the building’s interesting and unexpected turns and angles suggest some of the whimsical, yet mathematical, properties of natural life.
The Entry Way
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The angular museum entrance and courtyard houses an intersting sculptural installation by stone artist Andy Goldsworthy, named Drawn Stone, that features one long, continuous crack that winds through the flooring and several large stones placed throughout the courtyard.
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A view of the courtyard from above
Building Innards
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The museum cafe
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Cool wire sculptures by Ruth Asawa decorate the sparse corridors leading to the observatory elevator.
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The Observatory
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The observation platform at the top of the museum’s tower had an unexpectedly intimate view of San Francisco.
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Also seen from above is the new Planetarium being constructed across the way from the de Young, scheduled to be completed in 2008.
Some Indoor and Outdoor Art
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My aunt and I sitting on the upside-down apple sculptures. We missed the “please do not sit on the apples” sign on the other side of the garden.
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The Safety Pin, by Claes Oldenburg
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Some indoor abstract paintings
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An African tapestry made out of discarded bottle caps. Coolness.
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An African wood sculpture
FYI
The de Young Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Admission is $6 for College Students with ID, and the first Tuesday of every month is FREE admission. See Visiting the Museum on the de Young website for more information.
More great photos of the museum can be found here.

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5 Responses to “Spring Break in SF: The de Young Museum”

  1. Jason Regan says:

    Re: The Gilbert and George Exhibit at the Milwaukee Museum of Art
    I would like to warn parents about the obscene and degrading content of the Gilbert and George exhibit my family and I viewed at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (the previous destination on the small tour), particularly as it relates to the inappropriateness for the viewing of underage children. It is advertised as “ART for ALL” with colorful images of the artist’s most tame work. Beware! This is not your garden variety artistic nudity and strong language; it is predominantly made up of degrading, sexually abusive and obscene images. The de Young museum took the stance that it was up to the parents to decide, yet the parents were not being properly informed in advance. The museum has informed me that anyone who was offended at all by the Gilbert and George exhibit in San Francisco is entitled to a full refund, including the day’s expenses at the museum and a 6 month extension for members. We have also gone to the museum twice more since, interviewed 20 people and museum employees, and the response was unanimous. This exhibit is, and never will be, suitable for children! I would like to applaud the Milwaukee Art Museum for their efforts to warn parents in advance, but feel allot more could be done to protect children from this “sexual abuse”!

  2. Petrina Segoviano says:

    Nice Pictures, This page has been really beautifully crafted As My ole quote book used to say Get the job done like you do not need the income, your love life like you have in no way ever been heart broken and boogie like no-one is really watching you

  3. Digital Dave says:

    I loved the crack art. So original. I didn’t realise I had so many pieces of art in my house!

  4. Karl says:

    Such a nice structure seems like want to be at the that place.
    The floor is like the one I see in corygrantconcrete.com.au

  5. Petrina Segoviano says:

    Karl says: You are right, but I still like the country style more. Hope you to my web site to give an opinion。a shed style

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