CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2002 |
Phyllis Wattis, one of the nation's most influential cultural philanthropists whose generosity over five decades established her as San Francisco's patron saint of the arts, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 97. A great-granddaughter of Mormon leader Brigham Young, she contributed $150 million to cultural institutions in Northern California, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Opera and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
September 8, 1997 |
The War Memorial Opera House has never really been thought of as one of the world's most splendid opera houses. It has a certain traditional grandness, but in a stolid WPA sort of way. It is acoustically undistinguished. Still, it is something not very common in America--a genuine old-fashioned opera house as home to a major opera company. And San Franciscans, who are opera mad, love it. Now, San Franciscans love it even more, because it is new again. After 18 months of work and $86.
April 13, 1996 |
Dressed in all black, 32-year-old Japanese artist Kazue Mizushima moved across a sweeping lawn, between trees connected by taut silk strings that wire the landscape into something resembling a giant outdoor harp. With gloved hands, she plucked an acoustic "Bolero," part of her original composition called "Eve of the Future." The sound plinked into the air, aided, in theory at least, by paper cup amplification, as in the string-and-cup game of telephone.
January 8, 1996 |
The American Conservatory Theater has been homeless since 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged its Beaux Arts Geary Theater. Oh, there have been plenty of temporary lodgings: The curtain rose at the barn-like Orpheum Theatre, for instance, and Hamlet played the Marina District, at the hard-to-find Palace of the Fine Arts.
February 5, 1994 |
Casual observers who check out the high-tech aluminum sign over Capp Street Project's door and peer through windows at a floor-to-ceiling display of three-inch-square paintings by Korean artist Ik-Joong Kang may think the intriguing new show space is nothing more than the latest addition to a burgeoning business district known as Multimedia Gulch. San Francisco's art crowd knows better. By moving to a renovated warehouse at 525 2nd St.
August 9, 1991 |
Three Los Angeles artists have won a tentative San Francisco commission for the largest public art project ever mounted in the city, but the project could be in jeopardy because some politicians are objecting to its central phrase. The commission, a $500,000 project involving the entire city block fronting San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, has been put on hold. It was tentatively awarded last month to artists Daniel J. Martinez, Renee Petropoulos and architect Roger F. White.