Tag Archives: San Francisco

New Travel Guide Videos: “San Francisco” (Monocle)

Poised on the Californian peninsula, San Francisco is an energetic enclave with a storied libertine history, undeniable entrepreneurial fervor, and vibrant cultural patronage. It may be known for its thriving technology sector, but look beyond the numbers and you’ll find a dynamic urban offering, complete with easygoing charm and dramatic natural beauty.

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Top New Audio Programs: “Daydreaming In The Life Artois – Disco Ball” Read By Andy Cohen (Stella Artois)

Daydreaming in the Life Artois is a weekly audio series of summer stories that transports listeners to the summer life we once savored together before isolation and look forward to enjoying again – hopefully, sometime soon. Written by some of America’s most celebrated and rising writers, our stories aim to give our audience a much needed mental escape. Narrated by Andy Cohen. Running from June 12 to July 17.

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Top New Travel Videos: “The Golden State” In California By Michael Shainblum (2020)

Filmed and Edited by: Michael Shainblum

Hey friends, I have been working on a bunch of new videos during this time in Quarantine due to Covid 19. Today I want to share some of my favorite scenes shot around California over the years. Some memories of incredible moments out in nature in my home state.

The Golden State Timelapse Video by Michael Shainblum April 30 2020

I learned how to take photos here and spent most of my early career photographing these spots. California holds a special place in my heart. I have always appreciated the beautiful diversity of landscapes from the Dramatic Yosemite cliffs to the colorful rock formations in Death Valley. I know things are tough right now and I hope some of these scenes brighten up your day a bit!

The locations featured in this short film are Mount Wilson, Lone Pine, Death Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park, La Jolla, Ridgecrest, Mono Lake, San Francisco Coastline, Santa Barbara, Folsom Lake, The White Mountains, Davenport,
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Architecture: “San Francisco Modernism” (Academy Of Art Video)

School of Architecture instructor Ethen Wood discusses modernism and its influence on San Francisco architecture.

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design school in the US.

Exhibitions: 74-Year Old Artist John Alexander – “Landscape And Memory” (Berggruen Gallery)

JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 15, 2020

 

John Alexander The Temptation 2019 Landscape and Memory Berggruen Gallery January 2020Berggruen Gallery is proud to present John Alexander: Landscape and Memory, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Texas-born, New York-based artist John Alexander. This show marks Alexander’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and will be on view January 9 through February 15, 2020. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, January 16 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

John Alexander’s most recent body of work presents a detailed collection of landscapes, botanicals, sea life, and animals – each subject an emblem of the artist’s own mind and memory. Alexander grew up between the bayous and the wooded wilderness of East Texas, enjoying camping and fishing trips within the lush, diverse landscape that would ultimately become so influential to him. Moreover, Alexander’s understanding and appreciation for the natural world was fortified by his father’s environmentalism. For Alexander, developing an environmental acuity, especially for his native Texas, was familial. Today, the artist creates work in reference to the nature-based consciousness he developed in his youth.

Berggruen Gallery San FranciscoThe introspective nature of Alexander’s work is revealed through the artist’s keen observations of his surrounding environment and the vivid way in which he paints it. Employing bold, painterly strokes, Alexander maintains an acute sensibility of his subject matter – whether it be the detailed rendering of the spiny lobster, an expressive portrayal of grackles and ibises perched in branches, or more expansive, floating florals. The artist also injects elements of whimsy; the playful monkeys he paints peer out of their canvases to almost directly engage the viewer. And thus each work is imbued with an authentic, raggedly pristine, emotional sense of the earth we all inhabit. In this way, Alexander creates scenes that are deeply personal, yet also shared…nostalgic yet ongoing…exotic yet familiar…of the world yet otherworldly. Saturating his landscapes with humor, sentimentality, and veneration, Alexander reveals as much about himself as he does about nature.

John Alexander: Landscape and Memory is comprised of nine paintings and four drawings, work that comes together in reverence for the formal tradition of landscape painting. Paying homage to an Impressionist Master, Claude Monet, Alexander paints dreamy hollyhocks. Invoking the more recent Hudson River School, Alexander carefully creates bucolic scenes of both reality and idealization. Perhaps most unexpectedly, Alexander also nods to the Abstract Expressionists, applying thick strokes of paint in a gestural, emotional meditation. In turn, Alexander’s work pays tribute to the long and varied legacy of landscape painting before him while simultaneously remaining true to his own, very personal, connection to nature. Through the amalgamation of art historical context, environmental conservation, and the integration of a more intimate narrative, Alexander produces a body of work that is raw, compelling, and perhaps above all else, natural.

John Alexander was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1945. He received his B.F.A. from Lamar University in Beaumont in 1968 and his M.F.A. from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1970. Following graduate school, Alexander taught at the University of Houston. Though the artist’s Texas roots influence much of his work, to solely categorize Alexander as a “Texas” artist would be inaccurate. In 1979, having established himself in Houston as a prominent local artist, Alexander moved to New York City. Today the artist divides his time between his SoHo studio loft and home in Amagansett, East Hampton. Alexander’s work has been widely exhibited at such prestigious institutions as the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, both in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work is featured in the permanent collections of several leading institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; as well as many other public and private collections worldwide.

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Top New Travel Videos: “Cityscape – 4K” Timelapse Views Of American Cities

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Emeric Le Bars

CITYSCAPE | Travel through American cities from early in the morning to late at night. Experience the visual and audio atmosphere from each place.

Cityscape 4k Timelapse of American Cities by Emeric Le Bars December 24 2019

Cities included:
– Los Angeles, CA
– Las Vegas, NV
– San Francisco, CA
– Dallas, TX
– Denver, CO
– New York City, NY
– Atlanta, GA
– Chicago, IL

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Destinations: “Salesforce Park” In San Francisco Is “Floating Utopia”

Salesforce Park Transit CenterThe Salesforce Transit Center is a green infrastructure that enhances public transportation, reduces traffic congestion, and serves as an economic catalyst. As San Francisco’s new downtown gateway, it greets tens of thousands of residents, commuters, and visitors daily, providing a dynamic destination while engaging, enriching, and connecting people coming and going throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Seventy feet above the Grand Hall, the Park runs the entire length of the Transit Center’s nearly four-block stretch. Home to 600 trees and 16,000 plants arranged in 13 different botanical feature areas, the newest public park in the San Francisco Bay Area is for the benefit and enjoyment of all…and there’s nothing else like it anywhere.

Read New Yorker article for great description: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-silicon-valley/the-floating-utopia-of-salesforce-park

Website: https://salesforcetransitcenter.com/salesforce-park/

Top Hikes: “San Francisco Crosstown Trail” – Candlestick Point To Lands End (17 Miles)

SF Crosstown Trail logoThe Crosstown Trail is a route connecting San Francisco neighborhoods, open spaces, and other major trails. It runs from Candlestick Point in the southeast corner of the city to Lands End in the northwest corner. The route is usable by both pedestrians and bicyclists, and it connects many parks, business districts, residential areas, and public transit.

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The Crosstown Trail is just one part of the city’s Green Connections Plan. It is one of the first to be concretely mapped and made available to the public.

Read New York Times article on the hike: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/travel/crosstown-trail-san-francisco.html

Website: https://crosstowntrail.org/

New Museums: San Francisco Historical Society Museum Opens Oct 7 In The Old Mint

From a San Francisco Chronicle online article:

As trivia game experts know, San Francisco has had three U.S. mints. The first mint, on Commercial Street, was replaced in 1874 by a grand structure at Fifth and Mission streets. That building, now called the Old Mint, was itself replaced in 1937 by a new mint on Duboce Avenue, which is still coining money,

San Francisco Historical Society Museum Opening 2019

The newest museum in San Francisco will open in the city’s oldest mint this week.

The Commercial Street building is built on the site of the first U.S. mint in the West, which opened in 1854 during the California Gold Rush to turn nuggets and gold dust into coins and bullion. Later it was used as a subtreasury, where the government stored millions of dollars in gold and silver bars.

To read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/SF-s-newest-museum-is-opening-in-the-city-s-14494442.php