Tuesday, January 31, 2017

San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum + Conservatory of Flowers


The de Young Museum is currently exhibiting "Frank Stella:  A Retrospective." This show includes 50 major pieces, from his early Black paintings to his more recent sculptural works.  I especially enjoyed his three-dimensional sculptural pieces, and I greatly enjoyed watching the viewers as well.  Stella is quoted as saying, "a sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere"--food for thought.  Show runs through February 26, 2017.  More about the de Young Museum.

Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California
Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California


Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California
Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California


Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California
Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California


Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California
Frank Stella Retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California

And just across the way, at the Conservatory of Flowers, the annual living butterfly exhibit has returned.  A chrysalis display allows watching the metamorphosis process, and then you can enjoy their 3-day lifespan with them as they flit around in a small cottage garden setting.  It continues through June 30, 2017.  More about the Conservatory of Flowers.


center dome in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
center dome in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


koi pond in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
koi pond in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


orchids in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
orchids in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


fashion photo shoot in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
fashion photo shoot in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


brilliant red anthuriam in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
brilliant red anthuriam in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


Zebra Longwing butterfly chrysalis display in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
Zebra Longwing butterfly chrysalis display in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


Zebra Longwing butterfly in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
Zebra Longwing butterfly in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


Monarch butterfly in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
Monarch butterfly in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


Julia butterfly in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California
Julia butterfly in Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California


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images ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


5 comments:

  1. I was totally enjoying a stroll through the art gallery and then you topped that with the amazing butterfly photos. In Scottsdale, we have Butterfly Wonderland -- so beautiful to see butterflies fluttering around.

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  2. I would probably love that Conservatory of Flowers.Now that my daughter lives in Livermore, I will have opportunities to explore San Francisco more and often!

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  3. The Conservatory of Flowers looks like a beautiful place to spend the day. We have a butterfly conservatory in Niagara but I'e never seen a chrysalis display like the one in your photos. Very cool!

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  4. I would really enjoy the butterfly exhibit and the Conservatory of Flowers...even more than the art exhibit. I haven't been to San Francisco in many years but hope to make it back to that part of California later this year!

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  5. San Francisco has such terrific museums but you introduced me to the Conservatory of Flowers definitely adding that to my list of things to visit next time we go. I love butterflies!

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