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Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

#059--March 17, 1999; For Immediate Release
Contact: Rol Risska/Ted DeAdwyler 415/338-1665

SFSU Founders’ Week highlight: "Museum Walk"

University offers the public free admission to its museums

SAN FRANCISCO--March 17, 1999--As part of its Centennial celebration, San Francisco State University will be offering free admission to campus museums during its "Museum Walk Days," held Monday through Wednesday, March 22–24, from 2 to 7 p.m.

SFSU is celebrating its 100th year serving San Francisco by throwing open the doors of its museums to the public. The "Museum Walk" offers the public an opportunity to visit all of the six diverse and exciting collections or pick and choose among them without paying the usual admission fees. The collections range across thousands of years of world history, cover a wide variety of diverse cultures and civilizations, and reach out into the deepest reaches of space.

Campus visitors can step back in time by visiting the "Sutro Egyptian Collection," and "Reconstructing Our Past" exhibitions. In the Sutro’s collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including mummies, visitors can recreate for themselves the daily lives of Egyptians living thousands of years ago. The Sutro exhibition will be held in the Museum of Ancient Civilizations, 510 Humanities Building. At the Anthropology department’s "Reconstructing Our Past" exhibition in the Hohenthal Gallery, Dep artment of Anthropology 388 Science Building, visitors can view human history as it has developed over time, leading up to modern world we know today.

Moving ahead in time to the world of theater, visitors can view the "Harlequin from Stage to Canvas" exhibit in the de Bellis Collection, J. Paul Leonard Library. In the show 39 contemporary artists reinterpret the classic theater figure of the harlequin, a comedic character in "Commedia Dell Arte" theater. The bright, multicolored figure of the harlequin offered artists the room to experiment with its shape and color, creating a vibrant and exciting exhibition.

In one of the few exhibits displaying art work from artists currently residing in Cuba, SFSU’s Art Department Gallery presents "Metaphor/Commentaries: Artists from Cuba" a wide- ranging collection of contemporary Cuban art. The gallery’s exhibit gathers together the work of contemporary Cuban artists whose work explores a wide array of social, political, and cultural issues. According to cocurator Keith Morrison, Cuban art deserves a special place in world culture. "The art of Cuba is important because it is a strong body of work from one of the most inspiring alternative cultures in the world."

SFSU astronomers, like Geoff Marcy, have played central roles in the discovery of new planets far beyond our own solar system. At the "Planets, Stars, and Sun Spots" exhibition held in the Planetarium and Observatory*, 416 Thornton Hall, visitors can see what tools these modern day Magellans use in finding and naming planets. Moreover, by touring the astronmers’ facilities visitors can see for themselves the amount of hard work and sheer talent that has placed SFSU at the heart of such exciting scien tific discoveries.

Finally, campus visitors can view the history of the university itself, as it has grown from a small teacher’s college in the center of San Francisco, to the world-renowned university at the center of a dynamic and growing Bay Area. In the J. Paul Leonard Library’s exhibition, "In Celebration of SFSU History," from the Special Collections of the Library, museumgoers can trace the development of a university and the quality of the higher-education system it represents. Items from the library’s collection will be displayed on floors 1–5 of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

Call the Centennial Hotline, (415) 338-SFSU/7378, for more information or visit the Centennial website:


* Sorry, no handicapped access to Observatory.

This release was co-written by student writer, Chris Kilkes.

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