October 01, 2009

Museum of Modern Art, S.F.


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photo by Donald Kinney

Ten points and a gold star (my highest award) if you guessed from yesterday's header (this photo) that we were headed for San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art.

Last Friday on my spur-of-the-moment visit to the City I had absolutely no idea it was where I was going to end up, although I've had a hankering to visit the SF-MOMA since it opened in 1995.   I suppose I had been waiting for the crowds to die down, but I now realize that was kind of a poor excuse -- the place will probably always be thick with visitors -- they have such wonderful things inside...



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Oh, I'm sure they had all the details completely worked out, but I can easily imagine the construction crew scratching their heads over the blueprints -- wondering how they were going to make all those perfectly formed holes in that big curving wall.



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This is a Diego Rivera painting.   Simple, yet strong.   Rivera is perhaps best known for huge murals in Mexico and other places here locally, such as City College, Pacific Stock Exchange, and San Francisco Art Institute.



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In the background -- excuse me for it being all fuzzy and out of focus -- is a painting by Diego Rivera's wife, Frida.   For more information CLICK to see WhatImSeeing.com's recent post on Frida.



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Before the crowds pushed me aside, I had the opportunity to stand directly in front of this Picasso and soak it all in.   For three or four minutes the painting was able to speak to me -- as if Picasso had gone to all that work entirely for my own personal enjoyment.

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9 comments:

Rhett Redelings said...

Ooh, I win the 10 points AND the gold star! Where do I redeem them? (Loved this one, btw!)

photowannabe said...

Beautifully captured. this is probably the only way I will make it inside so thanks for the tour.
Glad to be back among the living again. its going to take me a while to catch up on everything I think.

AphotoAday said...

HI RHETT -- Okie dokie -- here they come -- Whoosh... Your gold star and ten points are now behind your left ear.

AND HI PHOTOWANABE -- Glad you are feeling better... When I heard you had a temp. of 103.5 I got a bit worried...

Rhett Redelings said...

You know, I was wondering what that was back there... TA!

sfmike said...

It's Frida, not Frieda, and get that painting in focus. It's ten times more interesting than her husband's. And yes, though I think the museum is half-dreadful, SFMOMA is a great place to photograph. Can't wait to see what you captured.

AphotoAday said...

NOTE TO S.F. MIKE

(((corrections made, Thanks)))
(((but no apologies for the selective focus)))

SF-MOMA is half dreadful, huh...
Well, someone did tell me that the MOMA in Paris is about 1000 times better, and what they have in SF is probably just a bunch of "leftovers" that nobody else wanted.   But I'm not buying it -- and although I have been to the NYC-MOMA I'm certainly not going to be in Paris any time soon...

Louise said...

Giggling again (about waiting for the crowds to die down), but have to address what you said about the Picasso painting. Although his work isn't MY cup of tea, I LOVE to be at a museum and have one-on-one time with art and feel like it is there just for me. I can so relate to that.

Louise said...

Got carried away and forgot to say how much I love the first photo.

Tomate Farcie said...

oh, my goodness!! Now I *know* I cannot possibly post my pictures of SF MOMA on the blog ;) You're a tough act to follow ;)

GREAT SHOTS!!

 
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