Great American West

at the

M.H. de Young Museum



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A day at a museum is always a worthy adventure.  San Francisco is blessed with four world class museums: the M.H. de Young, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum.

The M.H. de Young Museum, sits surrounded by acres of lovely, green Golden Gate Park and in close proximity to other adventures.  The museum has been housed in it’s current home since 2005.  Being a bit of a traditionalist, I much preferred the former structure which was made unsafe by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. My mother of course regretted the loss of it’s original home in the old “Egyptian” museum which was made unsafe by the 1906 earthquake.

But the important thing is what’s inside.  In addition to it’s permanent collections, the museum currently is featuring a fascinating exhibit of the works of Ed Ruscha and the Great American West.  Through 99 works you will become infected, as Ruscha was, but the American West.

Leaving his home in Oklahoma at 18, Ed Ruscha drove 1050 ford along the fabled Route 66 to Los Angeles with the intention to go to art school.  This adventure made an impression on him that would last the rest of his life and greatly infect his art, as you will see when you visit the exhibit.  From the scorching Arizona and California deserts to Hollywood, the Great American West has become a part of Ed Ruscha and his work, but you only have a few days to experience this outstanding exhibition.  It closes on October 9th.





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