America’s Cup in Art
By: Kyra Gebhardt
The celebration of the esteemed America’s Cup extends far beyond the boat race. The Asian Art Museum, Legion of Honor, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Live Nation have teamed up with America’s Cup to present an outstanding lineup of summer activities.
In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection
From June 28th through September 22nd, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle and owner of Oracle Team USA, has allowed his personal collection to be displayed at the Asian Art Museum. The museum is showcasing 64 extraordinary pieces spanning 1,100 years. Artists from both the Momoyama (1573–1615) and Edo (1615–1868) periods will be featured, along with other significant examples of woodwork, metalwork, and laquer. Be sure to stop by June 26th-28th, when the museum will display America’s Cup, considered the oldest trophy in international sports. For more information, visit http://www.asianart.org/.
Impressionists on the Water
Explore nautical life with stunning images that provide a genuine sense of movement. From June 1st through October 13th, the Legion of Honor will be exploring the influence of sailing on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The museum will be displaying the work of Caillebotte, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, and many more. With cooperation from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; and many private collections, this exhibit is truly stunning. To learn more, visit http://impressionists.famsf.org/.
Built for Speed
Now through September 29th, be sure to visit the California Academy of Sciences’ Built for Speed exhibit. Take a look at Team Oracle USA’s AC45 catamaran, capable of attaining speeds of more than 35 mph and weighing 3,086 pounds. The Academy will also be showcasing the adaptations made by various sea creatures to increase speed, as well as assembling an 18-foot-long orca skeleton that will remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. For ticketing information, visit http://www.calacademy.org/.
Science of Sailing
The Exploratorium is showing the public how wind modeling data can be utilized by America’s Cup teams to improve race performance, and will be exploring environmental factors that could change the outcome of the race. Learn the basic physics of sailboats and the power of wind. Walk the fog bridge between Pier 15 and Pier 17, which utilizes 800 nozzles to submerge participants in a thick mist, or listen to the Aeolian harp. Be sure to visit to the interactive Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge models on Pier 15, which flex and vibrate in response to changing weather and weight just as the actual bridges do. For additional information, activities, and games, check out http://www.exploratorium.edu/.
Mobile Waterfront Art Tour
The San Francisco Arts Commission has teamed up with STQRY to create a comprehensive waterfront art tour of San Francisco. Simply download STQRY and leisurely walk along the waterfront to conduct your own picturesque art tour. The free app provides historical information and background for each of the 36 art installations, including Roger Barr’s Skygate, the Promenade Ribbon, and Mark Di Suvero’s Sea Change. Available in the app store.
America’s Cup Concert Series
America’s Cup and Live Nation have created San Francisco’s first ever outdoor waterfront amphitheater in honor of the sailing competition. Located at Piers 27-29 along the Embarcadero, the 9000-person temporary structure will house a summer concert series ending in October. Artists include Train, Counting Crows, Imagine Dragons, Sting, Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers, Sublime, Weezer, Steely Dan, The Lumineers, and the San Francisco Symphony. When the artists aren’t performing, the amphitheater will serve as a free viewing location for visitors to enjoy the races. For ticketing information, visit http://www.americascup.com/concert-series.
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