Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Today at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the big show is Chinese Ming Dynasty art. It was okay--some nice embroideries--but there were too many tour guides talking too loudly for my taste. On another floor of the museum, much less crowded, I found this small exhibit of contemporary textile art from Korea. I probably wasn't supposed to take these photos, but no guard was around to say no, and I didn't use the flash (in another gallery, I asked the guard and she said it was okay if I didn't use a flash). So maybe it was okay. This woman's head is made of linen pieces stitched together and reinforced with steel wire. The other piece is also made of fabric, lit from within. The museum is giving away a nice color catalog of the show, check it out if you get a chance.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I took my daughter and her roommate to see the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on Sunday. We didn't want to pay an extra $5 to see the Frida Kahlo show (you've seen one Frida, you've seen them all) but there were a couple of other exhibits there and we managed to spend a few hours looking around at weird contemporary art from China (the oddest piece was a sculpture of Mao lying down, surrounded by hundreds of small plastic dinasaurs) and photos by Lee Miller. During the 1940's, she went to Europe as a Vogue fashion photographer and also wrote articles with photos about the horrors of the Nazi death camps that were published in Vogue. I could not take pictures of the exhibits, so here is a shot of the SF skyline from a rooftop terrace, complete with large dinosaur sculpture. I liked the way the shadows were cast on my daughter and her friend as they peered through a cut-out in the wall. We also walked through Yerba Buena gardens where a free concert was just winding up, and had a snack at the Metreon. It was a very fun day.