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Pairing the Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit with an Artisan Wine Tasting

From: tom m.
Sent on: Monday, August 6, 2012 3:53 PM

As we write each time...

Our periodic wine mingles seek to offer occasions for people to socialize over new and different wine styles and flavors. Why nurse a glass of a single varietal or be limited to a flight of three wines at a high-markup wine bar when for the same amount of  money you can enjoy and learn about a range of wines while taking in the gallery's ever changing artist exhibits.  AND THE TASTING IS JUST ONE BLOCK FROM BART.

When: Thursday, August 16th, starting at the California Historical Society building, then walking two blocks to Gallery Bar 4N5.


5:30 - 7:00 Guided view of the 75th Anniversary exhibit on the designing and building of the Golden Gate Bridge at the California Historical Society.

7:15-9:00 Sampling of 20 small production boutique wines from different parts of California at our "clubhouse"--Gallery Bar 4N5 863 Mission St. (more info to follow on the vino).

COST: $19.50 in advance--includes donation to the museum. Go to : to pay.

We will rate and rank the wines as part of our launch of that will provide a 40% discount to members.

Accompanied by the usual nibbles including Z Pizza excellent flat bread pizza that has drawn such acclaim in recent gatherings.

You can attend the tasting without attending the museum show and receive a $4 rebate, but you cannot attend the museum only as part of this meetup.


You may have noticed that the exterior received new layers of paint-in Sherwin Williams' International Orange, the color of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge-to welcome a stunning exhibition CHS mounted as its part in celebrating the75th Anniversary of the famous rust-colored suspension bridge.

The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge

The title of the exhibition, A Wild Flight of the Imagination, is borrowed from a 1921 promotional prospectus for the Golden Gate Bridge.The authors, chief engineer for the Bridge Joseph Strauss and San Francisco city engineer M. M. O'Shaughnessy, used inspirational language to set a tone for the enormously ambitious engineering feat—language and imagery that would endure throughout the four-year project and that clings to our image of the bridge even today.

The exhibition begins with a look back at the Golden Gate—that great aperture linking the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean—a hundred years before the bridge and its history as an inspirational landscape for artist, writers, and travelers. The exhibition continues chronologically, from the events leading up to the bridge's conception, to its completion in 1937.

You will learn what life was like in the years just before the bridge was constructed, including ferry life and culture along the San Francisco Bay and the increasing pressure that cars put on the city confined by water on three sides. A unique scrapbook of clippings from the late 1920s, part of the CHS collection, allows viewers to trace the elaborate media campaign that succeeded in winning over a reluctant public. The original Western Union telegram to Mayor "Sunny Jim" Rolph of San Francisco dated December 29, 1924, alerting him that the bridge had been approved by the War Department—a huge hurdle for the project—will allow visitors to feel the excitement that must have accompanied the receipt of this news 88 years ago.

Works of art made by artists employed as part of the campaign for the bridge will be shown for the first time in many years. Paintings by Maynard Dixon and Chesley Bonestell (who would later become famous as "the father of modern space art") imagine what the bridge would ultimately look like. Along with drawings for the bridge by architects John Eberson (best known for his movie palace designs) and Irving Morrow, these works have been in the care of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Through a shared interest in making them available to the public, they have come to the galleries at CHS.

Photographs and scrapbooks depicting the lives of workers on the bridge, original tools, a hard hat, and an opportunity to hold a rivet from the bridge will give visitors a more physical sense of the work involved in building this landmark admired around the globe








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