A foreword to this blog. Art is a visual internal experience and can only truly be understood once you can physically be infront of the piece. Words can only give a partial representation of what you will hope to find at SFMOMA as often there are little hidden art works you appreciate once inside.
This Winter was a rainy one and certaintly more than I had expected from San Francisco. While most of my friends had access to a car and taking the dream holiday to Lake Tahoe to go skiing or head down south to San Diego to escape the rain and enjoy some sunshine, I was still stuck in the city. But there are worst things in the world than being in such a diverse and culturally rich city while forced to be indoors. Rainy days equal a perfect opportunity to do things I don’t normally do back home. SFMOMA is an affordable activity ($5 with your student id) that will be interesting, novel and a stimulating way to spend several hours. To put into perspective this museum is HUGE, 5 levels with each level having a unique theme ranging from Asian cultural sculputrues and paintings to giant orange squares (I’m still unsure how this is a centrepiece in the museum). I had never been to a modern art museum and rarely visited other classical art gallerys, but modern art certainly pushes the boundary of art being ‘modern’. I had started asking myself “how on earth did these pieces get approved to be in here” some of the pieces included a giant canvas with unorganised lines, odd composition of patterns and numbers placed randomly. However I concluded that there surely had to be some level of skill and creativity I am not seeing and this made it more enjoyable and I’m sure it will for you too. If you decide to visit the museum, come with an open mind and ask yourself other than the superficial part of this painting/sculpture/piece what is the artist trying to express here (reading the mini info part under the piece is a good clue usually).
Like I mentioned early words can only do this blog so much however some highlights that enjoyed included: A giant solid white room with wire geometric shapes all weaved together like a giant spider web, several giant self portraits with the artist using individual colour swirls squares to compose his face and a dark room with 5 different movie projections with one of the strangest apparatus I’ve seen in the middle of the room (you have to see it to believe it).