Memorial Day weekend festivities honoring the iconic Northern California landmark took place throughout the city from 75 other cultural institutions, but the SFMOMA offered many events marking the creation of a bridge that is two years younger than the art institution itself.
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The SFMOMA Artists Gallery opened up a new exhibition at Fort Mason Center this past weekend, The Golden Span: A Celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge, featuring painting and photography by local artists about the bridge and the bay.
The museum continued their celebration of the bridge online with their blog Open Space and its specially commissioned posts by artists and writers.
Their website also hosts highlights of the Golden Gate Bridge from their permanent collection, including works by 19th century photographer Carleton E. Watkins, Ansel Adams in the 20th century and Gabriele Basilico in the 21st.
Other activities of the Golden Gate Festival included a historic watercraft parade, numerous music and dance stages, art installations, history and educational presentations and historic displays of cars from 1937.
SFMOMA Associate Curator of Photography Corey Keller, in his introduction to the online exhibition, shares John Steinbeck's thoughts from his 1962 travelogue Travels with Charley on the view of San Francisco from Marin:
I stopped in a parking place to look at her and the necklace bridge over the entrance from the sea that led to her. Over the green higher hills to the south, the evening fog rolled like herds of sheep coming to cote in the golden city. I've never seen her more lovely.