This October, SFMOMA will launch a new free-to-the-public educational program, Pickpocket Almanack. Under the direction of independent curator Joseph del Pesco, temporary faculty from the Bay Area arts community will build curricula around lectures, workshops, screenings, and other scheduled Bay Area events. The course will result in a new framework for each event, allowing the public to engage with the topic on a higher contextual level. Faculty include Megan and Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library and filmmaker Les Blank.
Little wonder that the nimble-footed Fred Astaire played a fashion photographer so clearly based on Richard Avedon in the 1957 musical, Funny Face: He ideally translated the supple movement and sublime grace of Avedon’s ‘50s fashion photography (and love of Hungary’s Martin Munkacsi) in his portrayal, all while snapping the radiant Audrey Hepburn.
But Avedon was so much more than the landmark shots that have entered the visual vernacular. More than, say, Dovima caressing the elephants in a surreal juxtaposition of the rough and the wild against the silkily draped and the divine artful (Dovima incidentally also had a teensy cameo in Funny Face as the ditzy swan with a grating whine).
The crowd-pleasing art superstars may be holding court one floor up - at “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities,” opening Saturday, May 30 - but before you wander O’Keeffe’s pink and orange abstractions of the Southwestern desertscape and Adams’ iconic prints, dare to stop in at “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans,” on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through Aug. 23.
Peaceful, it was not up on the roof Friday at the patron’s party celebrating the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s wondrous new Rooftop Sculpture Garden.
Rather, the spirit inspired by this garden of sculptural delights was fantastical, exciting, beautiful, sky-blue and scintillating.
Or as SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra succinctly stated: “It’s pretty terrific!”
SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab was appropriately wowed, too.
The SFMOMA opened its new Rooftop Garden to the media this morning and 7x7 got to take a sneak peak. A project twenty years in the making, the garden consists of several new spaces designed by San Francisco's Jensen Architects. The Sculpture Garden, Pavilion, and Garden Terrace sit atop the MOMA garage, connected to the main building by a bridge lined with large windows overlooking the streets. The enclosed pavilion houses sculpture not suited for exposure to the outdoors—and a Blue Bottle Coffee bar—while the terrace and garden house several large pieces that can withstand the elements. The large glass windows enclosing two sides of the pavilion can be opened on sunny days to make the space feel even more open than it already does.
If you've never been to SFMOMA's offshoot Artists Gallery in Fort Mason, then you've been missing out on some wonderfully curated exhibits featuring a dynamic mix of Bay Area artists. Not to worry, though - there's no better time than this week to make your way there, where from Wednesday through Sunday they will be holding their 16th annual Artists Warehouse Sale. Original artwork from new and established artists will be available at up to 50% off the retail price, with proceeds benefitting the programs of the gallery. Prices range from $50 to $5,000, so there really will be something for everybody's budget.
There was a slight, yet mutual, case of structural envy in the air during last night’s Director’s Circle Dinner at SFMOMA.
The event typically honors a leading artist who kicks-off the evening with a pre-dinner talk.
Breaking the mold a bit this year, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra chose to honor his French counterpart: Alfred Pacquement, Director, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle.