Washington DC Museums– Spring 2019

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Our last visit to Washington DC was a few years ago What better time to go back than in spring. We began with several of the city’s incomparable collection of free museums that are part of the National Treasure that is the Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of African-American History Get Tickets in Advance We didn’t [Read more …]

New York City Museums and Exhibitions–Spring 2019

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O our recent trip to New York City, we caught up with some museums and special exhibits. If you are planning on a trip there soon, some of these exhibits should still be around. Brant Foundation’ Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat is a high school dropout and graffiti street artist who turned neo-expressionist master’s paintings, [Read more …]

Claude Monet and his Giverny Waterlilies

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Monet: The Late Years San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum has outdone itself with its stunning 2019 exhibition, Monet: The Late Years. The exhibit covers the last 13 years of the pioneering Impressionist master’s life (1913-1926). It includes almost 50 paintings of his Giverny home and gardens. Although many publicly revered, financially successful artists spend their last [Read more …]

Stanford University Art: Finding the Faces Between the Spaces

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Stanford University is more than one of the world’s leading teaching institution. It also offers the public free access to great works of art. On a recent trip to San Francisco’s South Bay, we had to see what was new Anderson Collection at Stanford University Our primary stop was a return visit to the Anderson [Read more …]

Key West Florida

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We have done virtually everything there is to do in Key West, from parasailing above the coast to snorkeling and scuba diving beneath the seas. We have taken the obligatory Conch Train tour, sailed and kayaked its waterways as estuaries, browsed all the galleries and visited virtually every museum and historic site. (See our 2016 [Read more …]

South Beach Florida 2019

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Every few years, we tend to get to Florida, more specifically, Miami Florida. Not surprisingly, we usually time our visits during San Francisco’s colder and rainy months. After all, what is wrong with some sun and warmth. Sometimes we go down for Art Basil. Other times we go…just because. We recently spent a few short [Read more …]

Jewish Museum New York City

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Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 On our fall 2018 trip to New York City, the Jewish Museum was hosting an exhibit entitled  Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. The exhibit portrays the groundbreaking work of these three artists and their protegees when teaching in Vitebsk in the [Read more …]

DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

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The Hudson Valley follows the Hudson River in New York State from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museum, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art We recently visited three excellent places to view art in the Hudson Valley. Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent [Read more …]

Boston Massachusetts

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We recently returned to Boston, where we had lived for over 20 years before moving to San Francisco. It was an opportunity to spend time with friends, revisit some old haunts and explore new places and restaurants. Boston Back Bay and South End We spent most of our time in the city reacquainting ourselves with [Read more …]