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Discover San Francisco’s Art Museums

Program Number: 21592RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2014 - 9/27/2014; 4/20/2015 - 4/25/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/16/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/19/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/24/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Francisco, California
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Art History/Criticism Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Join us for an unrivaled museum experience in four remarkable art institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area: the de Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. A combination of in-depth lectures and gallery visits will expose you to the inner workings of the museum world and the compelling San Francisco art scene. Gain knowledge about the roles of collectors, museum directors, curators and conservators; consider why institutions need mission statements, policies and procedures; take a crash course in art handling, storage and conservation; learn how museums aim for best practices and plan for disasters; and hear the behind-the-scenes stories about what happens when a Picasso turns up in storage, the traveling exhibit is towed for double-parking and a donation goes bad.




Highlights

• Take a field trip to Stanford University and its Cantor Arts Center, home of the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris.
• Enjoy a performance by the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
• Discover the local art scene at SOMArts, dedicated to cultivating artists on the community level.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two hours with stops on field trips and museum visits. Use of public transportation.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




San Francisco

A stunning city with a colorful past and vibrant present, San Francisco offers legendary landmarks — the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, cable cars and elegant Victorian homes — along with spectacular cityscapes and views of bay and bridges.



Accommodations
Comfortable, centrally located hotel in downtown San Francisco.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Marie McNaughton

Marie McNaughton is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar whose devotion to art, architecture, history, literature and music was fired by childhood visits to the museums, public spaces, and culture of San Francisco. She has been a professional writer, editor, photographer, and all-around critic of society and culture since the 1980s. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University, where she regularly lectures on cultural production as a means of understanding the human condition. Practiced in exhibit development, interpretation and curation, she has worked with such diverse institutions as the San Francisco Zoological Society, Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Center, San Francisco Police Department, California Homicide Inspectors Association, and the Cotati Historical Society & Museum, of which she is currently president.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Carlton
  San Francisco, CA 5 nights
 Hotel Carlton
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.
  Contact info: 1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview
  Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms
  Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $30 plus tax * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for rate. Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Esther Kim at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for rate. Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Esther Kim at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:00-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 6:00PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hotel Carlton that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00AM after the final morning lecture. Please arrange your travel plans so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hotel Carlton the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Guests of the hotel may 'self-park' in the 5 level garage beneath the hotel. The rate is $35 per day + tax, and guests have 'in and out' privileges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Francisco, CA
  Nearest city or town:  San Francisco
  Nearest highway: US101/US80 are the closest highways to the hotel.
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: San Francisco, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Super Shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

14 miles

   

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Oakland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Super Shuttle for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

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Driving Directions
  East / East Bay via Bay Bridge Take I-80 W toward San Francisco * Take the Civic Center Exit onto 9th Street * Bear right after Market and 9th Street becomes Larkin Street * Turn right at Bush St * Turn right at Hyde St * Turn right at Sutter St * The Hotel Carlton is located on your left. * Note: There is a $6 toll to cross the Bay Bridge to San Francisco.
  North / via Golden Gate Bridge Take Highway 101 South over the Golden Gate Bridge * Exit Lombard Street * Turn right onto Van Ness Avenue * Turn left onto Bush Street * Turn right onto Hyde Street * Turn right onto Sutter Street * The Hotel Carlton is located on your left. Note: There is a $6 toll to cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Monday, September 22)
   
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION

After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during ORIENTATION

We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues and answer your questions. Any portion of the program is subject to change which we will notify you about as soon as possible.

 Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant. Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlton
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Palace of the Legion of Honor/ Trailblazing Regional Artists
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: Walk several blocks to take public bus to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: The Stuff of Legend: California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Perched high above the Golden Gate at San Francisco’s Land’s End, the Legion of Honor was a gift to the city by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. The neoclassical design was inspired by an 18th-century royal residence in Paris, taken over in 1804 by Napoleon to house his Légion d’Honneur, an order for civil and military merit. San Francisco’s Legion of Honor was completed in 1924, when it opened to the public on Armistice Day in memory of the 3,600 Californians who died in France during the First World War. Its primary purpose was to educate left-coasters on the glories of Western civilization.“The Legion” is known especially for its European decorative arts and painting, including three French period rooms and the exquisite Bowles Porcelain Gallery; ancient and classical art from North Africa, the Near East, Greece, the Aegean Islands, Etruria and Rome. It houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, making it a national destination for research into works on paper, from Rembrandt to Warhol.

FIELD TRIP: Palace of the Legion of Honor for docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

 Lunch: Legion of Honor Cafe. Lunch cards will be provided.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration of the Legion of Honor. Take time to step outside the museum and gaze at the majestic Pacific Ocean.
 Dinner: Group dinner will be at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Trailblazing Regional Artists

The founder and executive director of the Peninsula Museum of Art will discuss the outstanding artists of the greater Bay Area. Located 30 minutes south of San Francisco in Burlingame, the museum is home to five galleries, a reference library, museum store, a children’s art institute, and the Peninsula Art Institute which has working studios for 28 professional artists and a community gallery.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: de Young Museum/ SFMOMA: Transition and Transformation
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Walk several blocks to take public bus to the de Young Museum.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: De-Constructing de Young

First built as the fine arts pavilion for the 1894 Midwinter Exposition in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum remains true to its world’s fair foundations. The newest iteration, completed in 2005, is a postmodern paean to art and nature. Its dramatic copper facade and ribbons of window capture light as if in a tree canopy. Interconnecting galleries form a shadowy path along which the visitor can explore art across time and around the globe. Oceanic art has been a featured element of the collection since the 19th century, including Maori meetinghouse carvings, Indonesian textiles, and Australian Aboriginal paintings. The African collection contains more than 180 objects from across the continent, arranged thematically. Discover the Americas through Mesoamerican and Andean funerary and religious objects; Teotihuacan murals; Maya, West Mexico, Pueblo, Inuit and Eskimo artworks; United States paintings, sculpture and decor, from colonial times to the present. See the world through textiles: cloth, felt, knitting, beading, embroidery, Turkmen carpets, North Indian silks, European tapestries, 20th-century couture by Dior, Balenciaga, and Chanel.

FIELD TRIP to the de Young Museum for a docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

 Lunch: Independent lunch. Suggestions will be provided.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration of the de Young.

Special exhibit: Modernism from the National Gallery of Art

The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection brings paintings by the great masters of the post-war world to San Francisco. The de Young will feature nearly 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella, among others. The de Young is the exclusive venue for this exhibition, the first of the Meyerhoff Collection outside the greater Washington, DC, and Baltimore metro areas. This exhibition of modern and contemporary art will be organized into three generational groupings, allowing for a remarkable overview of American art from the end of World War II through the end of the century. Highlights of the exhibition include Stella’s Flin Flon IV (1969), Johns’ Perilous Night (1982), and Lichtenstein’s Painting with Statue of Liberty (1983). The centerpiece of the exhibition is Barnett Newman’s The Stations of the Cross (1958–66). This series of 15 paintings, widely considered to be the artist’s most important work, will be displayed for the first time ever as the artist intended—shown together within a discrete, chapel-like gallery devoted solely to the series. Beginning in 1985, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff began donating major works of post-war art to the National Gallery, and in 1987 signed an agreement with the National Gallery of Art for the eventual donation of their entire collection to the Gallery. Today, the Meyerhoff Collection stands as the largest donation ever to the National Gallery after Andrew Mellon’s original gift in 1937.

The de Young is located in Golden Gate Park. Other suggestions for the afternoon include visiting the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden or the California Academy of Sciences, all located within minutes from the museum.

 Dinner: Group dinner will be at a locat restaurant.
 Evening: SFMOMA: Transition and Transformation

This class highlights SFMOMA’s ongoing expansion project, which will greatly expand public space within the museum and more than double the existing gallery space, allowing the museum to showcase an expanded permanent collection along with the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the greatest private collections of contemporary art in the world. Beyond the physical changes, this transformation is about enhancing the visitor experience and sharing our love for art with people from the Bay Area community and beyond.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Cantor Arts Center/Stanford University
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Bus trip to Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The bus trip is one hour each way. We will be on the Stanford campus for five hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Unto the Generations: The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

In 1884, California railroad magnate and politician Leland Stanford, and his wife, Jane, lost their only son Leland, Jr. to typhoid fever on a cultural trip to Italy. All three were dedicated collectors, so Leland’s parents decided that his best memorials would be a museum and a co- educational university for “other people’s” children, producing “cultured and useful citizens.” Within 20 years, the museum was the largest privately owned art, archeological, and ethnological collection in the world. The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford, opened in 1999, houses the original Stanford family collection and personal effects as well as 5,000 years of fine arts, decorative arts, antiquities, created Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. View Philippine textiles, Old West landscape painting, mid-20th century abstracts, and contemporary mixed media.

Narrated FIELD TRIP to the Cantor Arts Center for a docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

 Lunch: Lunch in Cool Cafe at the Cantor. Lunch cards will be provided.
 Afternoon: Indepent exploration of the Cantor. Special exhibits: Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin, and the Underworld: As Jackson Pollock’s important painting Lucifer comes to Stanford’s Anderson Collection, this exhibition explores the visual history of the Devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. artists including Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques Callot, Gustav Doré, and Max Beckmann reveal how the Devil evolved from the bestial adversary of Christ to a rebellious, romantic hero or shrewd villain. The exhibition also reveals the artists’ inspiration: religious sources and accounts by Homer, Dante, Virgil, and Milton.

Artists Observe Nature: After 1600, it became increasingly common for draftsmen and printmakers to study nature closely and directly, rather than copy natural motifs from books and other artworks. This exhibition reveals the empiricist’s impulse to capture nature, with its fine detail and fleeting light effects, and record it on paper.

Night, Smoke, and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century: Many artists active in the 19th century manipulated the appearance of atmosphere in order to create the illusion of space and texture, imply a mood, and even shape the narrative content of an image. They were inspired by industrialization and new ideas about optics and abstraction, and they exploited unprecedented opportunities to experiment with processes and materials. This exhibition includes artists James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Félicien Rops, and Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes: The landscape, the most prominent painting tradition in China, brings with it more than one thousand years’ worth of precedent and often has evolved in tandem with the social changes facing practicing Chinese artists.

FIELD TRIP: narrated walking exploration of Stanford's beautiful campus.

 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to explore the many cuisines available in San Francisco. Suggestions will be provided.
 Evening: Independent evening to explore "The Golden Gate City." Suggested activity: See Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in theater history. It is a true San Francisco treat!
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Asian Arts Museum/SOMArts/San Francisco Symphony
(Friday, September 26)

Note: Walk two blocks to take public bus to the Asian Arts Museum. Public bus to SOMArts. Public bus to San Francisco Symphony. Taxis back to hotel after symphony performance.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: West meets East at the Asian Art Museum

When private collector Avery Brundage left his Asian art treasures to the de Young Museum in the 1960s, he helped launched a half-century-long cultural rapprochement between San Francisco and Asia. The de Young of that day expanded physically and philosophically to accommodate the collection, while visitors expanded their view of the world. When the 1989 earthquake made that building obsolete, city voters passed a bond measure to convert the Civic Center’s beloved Beaux Arts library into an independent, state-of-the-art museum and center for Asian art and culture. “Asia is not one place,” says its vision statement. “The ideas and ideals that we call Asian are countless and diverse.” From the quiet of its galleries’ sacred and secular artifacts and modern artworks to its clamorous classrooms, art, music, dance and tradition bridge old and new worlds. Highlights include a Bronze Age ritual vessel in the shape of a rhinoceros, a Korean Buddhist painting recently created within the museum, and a comprehensive collection of jade carvings.

FIELD TRIP to the Asian Art Museum for a docent-led visit of the permanent collection.

 Lunch: Independent lunch. Suggestions will be provided.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration of the Asian Art Museum continues.

FIELD TRIP to SOMArts for a docent-led visit of the gallery featuring local artists.

The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Cultural Center present a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual and media arts landscape. The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition showcases the work of promising visual artists from regional Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs working across disciplines and identifies young artists whose work intersects with emerging trends.

 Dinner: Group dinner at one of San Francisco's signature restaurants.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of R. Strauss with the awe-inspiring work of "Also sprach Zarathustra," a symphonic spectacular made famous in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey. " Other works featured in 2001 as well as American masterpieces by Foss and Ives complete the program. The pieces you will hear at tonight’s performance are:

Foss: Then the Rocks on the Mountain Began to Shout

Ives: Three Places in New England

J. Strauss, Jr.: By the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz

Ligeti: Lux aeterna

R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

   
Accommodations: Hotel Carlton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: California Artists: From Figure to Funk/ Frida and Diego: Mexican Originals
(Saturday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: California Artists: From Figure to Funk explores San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's history of showcasing California artists. The talk will focus on the Northern California scene from the 1950s through the 1980s, a period during which local artists, developed a rich visual culture. Highlights include works from celebrated artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, Joan Brown, Robert Arneson, and Jay DeFeo. Questions such as who influenced whom, how did subject matter change, and palette & materials, provide an interesting opportunity to explore the works of California artists.

Frida and Diego: Mexican Originals highlights the artistic contributions of this exceptional couple. Frida Kahlo explored the realities of her life and feelings through her deeply personal art. The renowned Diego Rivera was a larger-than-life figure whose murals and paintings reflected his passion for his native country and the social, political and cultural issues of the day. The presentation also follows their riveting odyssey as a couple and highlights their many connections to the San Francisco Bay Area. (Courtesy of SFMOMA)

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  San Francisco, CA San Francisco Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get information on events happening in San Francisco while you are here. The hotel is located very near the theater district. For additional information, visit www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The de Young in the 21st Century: A Museum by Herzog & de Meuron


Author: Diana Ketchum


Description: A fascinating architectural study in museum design and urban planning. Designed by the internationally renowned Swiss firm of Herzog & de Meuron, winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize, the new de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is a stunning architectural tour de force. This book documents the complex five-year process that resulted in an outstanding contribution to contemporary museum architecture. Founded by San Francisco Chronicle publisher Michael de Young, the museum originated in the Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 and grew to become the city's largest art museum. Its superb permanent collection includes the arts of Africa, Oceania, and traditional cultures of the Americas; American painting and sculpture from the colonial period to the present; and both Western and non-Western textiles. After the de Young was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the museum's fate—and the decision to replace the old building with a new museum on the same site—became the focus of intense public debate. How Herzog & de Meuron, in cooperation with the San Francisco firm of Fong & Chan Architects and Oakland-based landscape designer Walter Hood, responded to the challenge of creating a building in harmony with its park setting is an important theme of the story. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs as well as plans, drawings, and models, the book traces the architects' creative process in striking detail. The new de Young is significant as Herzog & de Meuron's first major building in North America and as the first museum the architects have designed from the ground up. Reflecting its surroundings, the building is clad entirely in a skin of dimpled and perforated, naturally oxidized copper panels, whose abstract pattern was distilled from manipulated photographs of the park's tree canopy.



Masterworks of European Painting: In the California Palace of the Legion of Honor


Author: Steven A. Nash, Lynn Federle Orr, Marion C. Stewart


Description: With the publication of this book, the distinguished group of European old-master paintings held by the California Palace of the Legion of Honor will become known to a wider audience. The selection of work featured here presents many of the Museums' European paintings that are constantly on demand for art exhibitions both here in the United States and abroad.



The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Selected Works


Author: Curatorial Staff of the Asian Art Museum


Description: This handbook presents a selection by our curators of the highlights of the Asian Art Museum collections. It is, therefore, simply an introduction to the subject, but it is also an invitation for the reader to investigate further, to visit the museum, and to see at first hand the arrayed masterworks of Asian art installed in the galleries.



Rodin's Art: The Rodin Collection of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center of Visual Arts at Stanford University


Author: Albert E. Elsen and Rosalyn Frankel Jamison


Description: seriously the work of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and the person most responsible for a revival of interest in the artist as a modern innovator--after years during which the sculpture had been dismissed as so much Victorian bathos. After a fortuitous meeting with the financier, philanthropist, and art collector B. Gerald Cantor, Elsen helped Cantor to build up a major collection of Rodin's work. A large part of this collection, consisting of more than 200 pieces, was donated to the Stanford Museum by Mr. Cantor, who died recently. In size it is surpassed only the by the Musée Rodin in Paris and rivaled only by the collection in Philadelphia. In scope the collection is unique in having been carefully selected to present a balanced view of Rodin's work throughout his life. Rodin's Art encompasses a lifetime's thoughts on Rodin's career, surveying the artist's accomplishments through the detailed discussion of each object in the collection. It will begin with essays on the formation of the collection, the reception of Rodin's work, and his casting techniques.



Stanford University: The Campus Guide


Author: Richard Joncas, David Neuman and Paul Turner


Description: With the many additions to the campus of Stanford University since the publication of our book, including the Frances Arrillaga Alumni Center by Hoover Associates / The SWA Group, the James H. Clark Center for Bio Sciences & Bio Engineering by Foster and Partners / Peter Walker and Partners, and the Carnegie Institution by Esherik Homsey Dodge and Davis, it is time for a revised edition of our guide. The original 1891 campus, conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted and executed by architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, balances architecture, landscapes, and the natural surroundings in a composition of classic formal beauty. Stanford is a model of university design, from the nineteenth- century Memorial Court and Main Quad to twentieth-century buildings and restorations that respect the historic campus while contributing to modern design. This revised edition features 16 new pages on the additions to the campus and many updated entries with new photography.



Making Museums Matter


Author: Stephen E. Weil


Description: In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to “earn their keep”—that they make themselves matter—in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual arts, a detailed consideration of how the museums and legal system of the United States have coped with the problem of Nazi-era art, and a series of delightfully provocative training exercises for those anticipating entry into the museum field.





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