Illusion and the Magic City

A Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition
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The San Francisco History Center presents a small exhibition Illusion and the Magic City. The exhibition marks the 80th Anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. Illusion and the Magic City features original souvenirs, photographs, and ephemera from the collections of the San Francisco History Center. Incorporated into the exhibition are a selection of captivating oil paintings by local artist Patricia Araujo. Come see how Ralph Stackpole’s iconic Pacifica statue at the Fair inspires the work of Ms. Araujo.

The Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) on Treasure Island celebrated the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. The theme of the fair, “Pageant of the Pacific,” gave a Pacific Rim influence to the art, architecture and landscape design at the fairgrounds while blending in modernism and technological innovations. The Fair also debuted a portion of the WPA San Francisco wood model in the Redwood Building.  

Related program: Intrigue and Art at the Fair – A Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition with author Christie Nelson and artist Patricia Araujo in the Skylight Gallery on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00pm.

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Take Part is a project of the Public Knowledge partnership between San Francisco Public Library and SFMOMA. 2018-19 photographic images of the model, courtesy of Beth LaBerge

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