Friday, November 23, 2012

Just for Fun - Think no Black Friday - 37.78413,-122.498184 Land's End

Think Different - 
Boycott Black Friday and Do something Cultural.

Just for Fun, Think no Black Friday
Visit Rodin's "The Thinker" at Legion of the Honor.
Land's End - GEO CODE:  37.78413,-122.498184

Auguste Rodin
The Thinker
(1879–1889) is among the most recognized works in all of sculpture. "The Thinker" prominently holds thought in the Rosekrans Court of San Francisco's Legion of Honor outdoor entry near the glass pyramid skylights added in 1995.

 "Architect George Applegarth’s design for the California Palace of the Legion of Honor was a three-quarter-scaled adaption of the 18th-century Parisian original, incorporating the most advanced ideas in museum construction."  Legion of Honor Website - History of the Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor is located on the headlands of the San Francisco Bay, on the South Side near Pacific Heights, called Land's End. The museum is one of the oldest treasures of San Francisco. It houses a permanent collection and visiting shows. If you go, just for fun  look for the hunting scene with the dog pee-ing in the permanent collection.
The views from the surrounding area look North past the Marin Headlands and California Coast Golden Gate Recreational Area. On a clear day you can see all the way to Point Reyes and/or The Farallon Islands from Land's End. The sunsets are spectacular.
The Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor is located at 100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street, in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Free parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.

Address: 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 750-3600
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 9:30am–5:15pm


November 17, 2012 - March 17, 2013

Think Different - 
Boycott Black Friday and Do something Cultural.

From Wikipedia:

François-Auguste-René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin (play /ˈɡst rˈdæn/ oh-goostroh-danFrench: [oɡyst ʁɔdɛ̃]), was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture,[1] he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition,[2] although he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art.

Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with the predominant figure sculpture tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic.
Rodin's most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style. Successive works brought increasing favor from the government and the artistic community.
From the unexpected realism of his first major figure – inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy – to the unconventional memorials whose commissions he later sought, Rodin's reputation grew, such that he became the preeminent French sculptor of his time. By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist. Wealthy private clients sought Rodin's work after his World's Fair exhibit. For example, a Japanese patron, Matsukata Kojiro, paid for some of Rodin's best castings, including "The Gates of Hell."[3]
Rodin kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists. He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives. His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades, his legacy solidified. Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.

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