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Published December 12th 2012
Go down the rabbit hole of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is well worth a visit. This is going to sound a bit strange but it's a really good size. Sometimes art museums are just so big as to be completely overwhelming (I'm looking at you Met and Louvre), and so it is nice to find something where you can see it all, or most of it and not feel art overload. I don't know if that's an actual thing but I know that I begin to fatigue at huge museums even when I'm really enjoying myself and want to see everything. I also have to admit to trying to avoid the horrible feeling of missing out that I relate to being forced to go to bed early in my childhood as I was the youngest and the impression I had that my siblings had the most fun when I was made to sleep.

When we arrived on the first Tuesday of the month (free day) at about ten to eleven (it opens at 11) there was a pretty long line but we joined it anyway. After what felt like seconds I turned around to see that the line had almost doubled in length and that we were now relatively close to the front which made me feel better.

Once the doors opened the line moved really quickly as they were just handing free admission tickets to everyone through the doors. Our first stop was the Blue Bottle Coffee station upstairs at the Garden Cafe. Not only are they serving their amazing coffee here they are also serving arty-desserts to suit the surrounds. Check out some of the different offerings here

There was a large sculpture of spiders in the main area of the cafe and a few more sculptures outside. Seeing as we were on the top level we decided to work our way down. It wasn't long before we came to one of my favourite exhibits of the day. It was housed in a large room where people became tuners for radio stations depending on what they did with their bodies. It was a popular section as people not only interacted with the work, but were an integral part of it.

Among the other works on display are pieces by Picasso (Les Femmes D'Alger), Matisse (La Fille Aus Yeux Verts), Pollock (Guardians of the Secret), and Warhol (self-portrait image below).

There were strange areas, such as the room with the black and white floor tiles and rotating fluorescent lights.

Even the stair-well was nicely adorned.

There were more sculptures on display. One that I liked was 'Tightrope Walker' by Alexander Calder.

There were some chill-out spaces where you could play with computers and flick through books for more in-depth looks at different exhibits.Roy De Forest's 'Country Dog Gentlemen' was hanging near one of these areas. It begs the question who's looking at who?

If nothing else I always find Picasso's work interesting. This is the painting I mentioned earlier.

I am no art expert but I thoroughly enjoyed my day at S.F's Museum of Modern Art. If you get a chance I suggest you pop in.

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Why? Modern Art is always fun
When: Winter Hours: Monday - Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Wednesday Closed Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Friday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Phone: 415 357 4000
Where: 151 Market Street (between Mission and Howard)
Cost: First Tuesday of the month is free, see website for other admissions
Your Comment
I agree the sheer sizes of some museums can leave you rather drained. Seems like almost anything quirky and fun can be intepreted as modern art. Think I would enjoy this museum if I visited.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2534 days ago
Wonderful experience for you! My favorite piece of art is that photograph you took of the Golden Gate Bridge... just amazing! (John just bought a book on Walt Disney so I know that he'd love to see that museum. It is amazing to think how many times and ways that Disney has affected our lives, oddly enough.)
by banty (score: 0|4) 2459 days ago
What a lovely trip. I love San Fran. Haven't been there in years so tagging along with you was wonderful! visit on
by krish (score: 0|6) 2459 days ago
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