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Jay DeFeo's SFMOMA Homecoming

Jay DeFeo's "Crescent Bridge I"

There were two San Francisco homecomings last Wednesday: One for the Giants, the other for Jay DeFeo, whose long overdue retrospective the Whitney Museum in New York organized but kindly allowed the artist’s hometown institution, SFMOMA, to debut. Of course, one SFMOMA curator noted, were DeFeo, an avid Giants fan, still with us today, you can bet she would have skipped the exhibition opening for the parade.

Beat-Era Artist Jay DeFeo's Famed "The Rose" Comes to SFMoMA

Jay DeFeo

While at the core of a thriving creative community in the 1950s, Beat-era artist Jay DeFeo lived in relative obscurity. For eight years, she holed up in her Pacific Heights studio, adding layer after layer of oil paint, wood, and mica to a single canvas.

JAQK Cellars' Speakeasy in Jackson Square

If you've been to the SF MOMA recently, you've probably come across JAQK Cellars' wines in the museum's groundbreaking How Wine Became Modern exhibit. The adulation is well-deserved, and it doesn't take a graduate of sommelier school to see why. You can taste their museum-worthy vino in their speakeasy-esque headquarters at 402 Jackson St. in San Francisco, and you might even want to bring a pack of cards to play poker with to match their cardshark-themed wines. Settle in for a bottle or two, or if you're a fickle drinker, get a wine flight that'll suit your tastebuds. 

Wine At The Museum?

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

It took me a while to write about the wine exhibit at the SFMOMA "How Wine Became Modern:  Design + Wine 1976 to Now." I look at wine all day, I think about it in my sleep—taste it in my dreams.  So what could an exhibit in a museum do for me?

Bay Area Power Couples: James & Caitlin Freeman of Blue Bottle

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.

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