Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
The Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 on May 27. KQED explores its history with special television and radio broadcasts, interactive features, and more.
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Fri, May 18, 7:30pm on KQED 9 This
Week in Northern California
International Orange Exhibition
On Memorial Day Weekend an unprecedented art exhibition honoring the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge will open at Fort Point. Scott Shafer gets a sneak preview with a visit to the studio of artist Anandamayi Arnold, who is making a vibrant series of dresses made almost entirely from crepe paper. The colorful creations pay homage to the Spanish style dresses worn by the "Fiesta Queens" who helped kick-off the Golden Gate Bridge's opening ceremonies in 1937.
Fri, May 25, 7:30pm on KQED 9 Halfway to Hell: The Workers and Unions That Built the Golden Gate Bridge tells the dramatic story of those who risked their lives building the Golden Gate Bridge. Photograph courtesy of Labor Archives and Research Center, SFSU.
Mon, May 28, 7:30pm on KQED 9 California's Gold: Golden Gate Bridge Across America California's most recognized landmark takes center stage in an episode which focuses on its history — including rare footage of its construction.
QUEST: Life on the Gate: Working on the Golden Gate Bridge 1933-37 Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge seemed charmed with a nearly perfect safety record. Then, on February 17, 1937, tragedy struck. Listen Online
KQED Radio News: Last-Known Golden Gate Bridge Builder Dies The last known member of the crew that built the Golden Gate Bridge has died. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 95-year-old Jack Balestreri passed away in April at his home in San Francisco. Listen Online
The California Report
Fri, May 18, 4:30pm, 6pm and 11pm
Scott Shafer visits two of the International Orange artists at work. He talks to Anandamayi Arnold as she puts the finishing touches on a couple of her life-sized paper costumes in the style of the Fiesta Queens. He meets up with Jeannene Przyblyski at the San Francisco Art Institute where she teaches, as she edits audio interviews for her "K-BRIDGE" radio series that will broadcast on a listening station at Fort Point and stream online. Listen Online
Forum with Michael Krasny: The Golden Gate Bridge at 75
Wed, May 23, 10am
On opening day in 1937, the San Francisco Chronicle referred to the Golden Gate Bridge as "a $35 million steel harp." But through the years, the engineering marvel has grown into the Bay Area's shining symbol and signature landmark. We look back at the history of the span and discuss its architectural significance. Guests include Kevin Starr, professor of history at the University of Southern California and author of "Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge"; and Mary Currie, public affairs director for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
Golden Gate Bridge History in Photos
On May 27, to great fanfare, the Golden Gate Bridge will turn 75. For years the bridge has been an iconic image of the Bay Area, but when it was proposed in 1916 it met fierce resistance from a a variety of sources including the Department of War, the Southern Pacific Railroad and ferry union workers. But six counties decided to foot the $35 million cost, an astronomical sum during the Great Depression, to build the world's longest suspension bridge at the time. Photo Courtesy the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
In the Studio with Stephanie
In celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, local artist Stephanie Syjuco built an expansive shop in a monochrome palette: the memorable orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge. Working with the same paint used to keep the bridge looking fresh, Syjuco's installation for the International Orange exhibition at Fort Point features all things reddish-orange: teacups, jewelry, postcards, and tchotchkes. Please check back on Friday, May 18 for our video and educator guide about the project and hear the San Francisco artist discuss her work.
International Orange Exhibition
Fri, May 25, 2012 through Sun, Oct 28, 2012, 10am–5pm
Fort Point, San Francisco, CA
Artists respond to the Golden Gate Bridge at 75. The International Orange exhibit creates an opening for innovative and inspired thinking about historic sites.
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