What is the theme for Salon 2023?
The short answer, there is not one.
San Francisco is city of great beauty, with a stunning natural setting, rich cultural history, and diverse interests. The bay, the hills, the Pacific fog. It is a boom-and-bust town filled with scofflaws and innovators. The Gold Rush, the earthquakes, the fires, the famous, and the homeless. Iconic bridges, world-changing innovation, celebrated counter culture. What is connecting all of this? I don't have a word for it.
|Golden Gate Bridge built 1937 Bridges Bridges are often symbols of connection, transition, communication, union.|
|The Bay Bridge with its light installation "Bay Lights"|
|Bay Bridge built 1936|
|stairs cut into the sidewalk|
|California Street has a cable car to help you up the hill|
|San Francisco: 24th Street Intersection, Wayne Thiebaud, 1977|
|Painted Ladies on Postcard Row|
|Haight Ashbury Four Seasons Victorians|
|A restored Victorian interior with faux bois woodwork and stenciled ornament by Larry Boyce|
|Bob Donlin, Neal Cassady, Ginsberg, Robert LaVinge and Ferlinghetti outside City Lights, San Francisco, California, 1956|
|Janis Joplin sitting atop her custom painted Porsche, in front of the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco|
|Burning Man. Now a culture of its own. photo from 2001|
Beaux Arts Architecture
Taught at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the school of design emphasized composition and symmetry based on Greek and Roman models. Many prominent San Francisco Bay Area-based architects studied at this famed institution and brought the style to San Francisco, and it became the architectural style of choice for important civic buildings.
|San Francisco City Hall interior, 1915|
|Ferry Building, 1898|
|Interior, United States Post Office and Courthouse, 1905|
Near the ocean, it is common to have mist coming over the city. San Francisco fog a big part of our lives. The fog may creep in gently at night and slowly fill the City. Or it may arrive with drama and wind.
The fog is part of the landscape, the ecosystem, and the culture of San Francisco.
|Pier 7 of the Embarcadero on a beautiful summer day.|
|Monterey Cypress trees in Golden Gate Park - these trees may only survive along foggy coastal areas.|
|The tallest living things on earth Redwood trees create numerous micro-climates along their 115 meters of height |
|California Live oak does not grow tall or straight|
|A tangle of California Oak trees|
|Monterey Cypress sculpted by wind and fog|
|The EastWest Bank in Chinatown, was originally built as the Telephone Exchange in 1909. Each operator was required to speak English and five dialects of Chinese.|
|lanterns stretching over the streets in Chinatown during holidays|
Street in Chinatown, San Francisco. In the 1920s-1960s this area was - and is-
famous for its nightlife. |
|Dark Passage (1947) stars Bogart and Bacall and San Francisco|
|Chinatown is the perfect setting for mystery films.|
|The photograph of the late San Francisco artist Fred Lyon played tribute to film noir, as well as influenced it|
|Film Noir in technicolor! Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock, sets a classic noir mystery in San Francisco, and adding a layer of color symbolism to its plot.|