• The Olympic spirit at FAMSF
  • Israel Antiquities exhibition closes
  • Chihuly at the de Young update
  • SF Marathon impacts Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young
The de Young is open Fridays until 8:45 pm with special programs for everyone.

  • August 1: John Santos Quintet and lecture Diego Rivera, Covarrubias, and the San Francisco Murals Tradition, by William Maynez
  • August 8: Rolando Morales and AudioBus

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Sunday Jazz Brunch
at the Legion of Honor

Sundays
from 11 am–2 pm. Enjoy a prix fixe brunch and live music by the Josh
Workman World Jazz Trio in the Legion Café. Reservations: 415.750.7633.

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Cinema Supper Club: From the Golden Gate to the Silver Screen
Every
Thursday night at the Legion of Honor from July 10 through August 21,
this series presents movies shot in the City by the Bay, dining in the
Legion Café, and an opportunity to view the exhibition Women Impressionists after hours–and without the weekend crowds.

  • July 31: So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • August 7: Harold and Maude
  • August 14: The Game
  • August 21: Bullitt

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Celebrate the Olympics at the Fine Arts Museums

The
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are upon us, and the Fine Arts Museums are
filled with the Olympic spirit. Take some time to appreciate the
architecture of the de Young, designed by Swiss architects Herzog &
de Meuron. These Pritzker Prize-winning architects have also designed
the National Stadium in Beijing, known as the "Bird’s Nest," which Vanity Fair described as an "un-Swiss indulgence of architectural id on a mega-scale."

At
the Legion, discover objects that memorialize athletes of the ancient
world. Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games in the western
part of the Peloponnese, functioned as a meeting place for religious
and political practices as early as the 10th century BC.  Explore the
classical legacies of modern Olympic sports, such as running and
equestrian events, through the following objects now on view in the
Ancient Art collection on the lower level of the Legion:

  • Wreath
    (Cretan, Hellenistic period, 4th–3rd century BC, gold): This gold
    wreath (pictured right) is composed of a tubular stem that tapers in a
    pair of terminals decorated with filigree.  Attached to the stem by
    wire are naturalistic leaves of thin sheet gold and gold berries.  The
    majority of wreaths of gold foil, such as this one, were probably made
    for funerary use, rather than worn during one’s lifetime.  Victors at
    the Olympic Games often received a wreath of olive or laurel leaves. 
    The museum’s wreath is a fine example of the elaborate and opulent
    artistry in Greek jewelry.

  • Black-Figure Lekythos
    (Greek, Athens, late 6th century BC, terracotta): Ancient Greek vases,
    like this lekythos (pictured above), served as containers for oil or
    perfume and had decorative, funerary, or religious purposes.  The body
    of this flask is painted black on a red background.  It shows two
    quadrigas (chariots drawn by four horses abreast) racing.  Chariot
    racing was introduced in 680 BC to the Olympic Games, and, together
    with horse racing, became an immensely popular equestrian event.

  • Red-Figure Kylix
    (Greek, Athens, 440–430 BC, terracotta): This footed drinking cup is
    decorated with scenes related to sporting themes: in the medallion two
    young athletes (with fillets, mantles, and javelins) converse; the
    exterior with two groups of four athletes each, equipped with strigils
    (for scraping the oil used by athletes from the body) or javelins,
    paraphernalia of an athlete.  Athletes were regarded as the epitome of
    beauty in ancient Greece, and sports and competitions were regularly
    adopted as designs in Greek pottery.
Highlights from the Israel Antiquities Authority closes August 10

If you saw Highlights from the Israel Antiquities Authority
when it opened in February at the Legion, you’ll want to see it again
before it closes on August 10, 2008, to view the second rotation of
Dead Sea Scroll fragments. The dramatic fragment from the Book of
Psalms was replaced in May by fragments from the Book of Genesis and
the Book of Enoch.  The Book of Genesis fragment dates to the first
century BC and corresponds to the first chapter of the Masoretic
version of the Bible describing the first five days of Creation
(Genesis 1:1-22).  The second fragment is from an apocryphal book not
included in the canon of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Enoch.  It is in
this book, a collection of writings related to Enoch, a figure
mentioned in Genesis, where it is said that Enoch lived for 365 years
and "walked with God; and he was no more, for God took him." Since it
is not stated that Enoch died, legends arose that he traveled with God
throughout the cosmos. This scroll, dating to the second century BC,
expands on his story, which is only hinted at in the Hebrew Bible.  

Still
on view in the Highlights exhibition are artifacts spanning over 5,000
years, from the Chalcolithic Age (4,000 BC) to the Fatimid Period
(eleventh century AD), including the spectacular gold-glass mosaic
table from a Byzantine villa (pictured). The table, newly excavated and
restored, is on display at the Legion for the first time anywhere in
the world.  It travels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after the
close of the exhibition.

Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling
Photo by Terry Rishel
Chihuly at the Hotshop on KQED and Extended Hours for Chihuly at the de Young

In conjunction with the exhibition Chihuly at the de Young, KQED will present the film Chihuly at the Hotshop.
This documentary chronicles a week-long residency at the Museum of
Glass in Tacoma, Washington, that involved more than forty artists and
gaffers, and follows thirteen of Chihuly’s best-known series in order
of their development. Chihuly at the Hotshop airs on KQED HD
on August 11 at 9 pm and August 17 at noon, and on KQED LIFE (Comcast
cable channel 189) on August 17 at 7 pm. The 90-minute film will be
shown without pledge breaks.

Beginning this Saturday, August 2, Chihuly at the de Young
will extend its weekend hours to accommodate the large crowds that have
come to see the exhibition. An extra hour will be added on Saturdays
and Sundays for the rest of the run of the exhibition, with the last
ticket sold for 5:15 pm entry and the galleries open until 6:15 pm.

Traffic and Parking Update: San Francisco Marathon

On
Sunday, August 3, the San Francisco Marathon passes through Golden Gate
Park. Traffic and parking will be severely affected, so public
transportation to the de Young Museum is highly recommended. The area
around the park is expected to be impacted between 6:25 and 11:05 am.
For more event information, visit http://www.runsfm.com.



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