I like to frequent museums on occasion, but I usually find myself getting bored after the first twenty minutes upon arrival. That's why I was pleasantly surprised by the SF MOMA.
The SF MOMA is currently showcasing the work of Frida Kahlo
, which runs through September 28th. There is something so real and captivating about Frida's work.
A little blurb about Frida:
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo began painting in 1926, while recovering from a near-fatal bus accident, and soon became captivated by the medium's expressive possibilities. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain and sexuality.
The other exhibit that I really enjoyed was Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection
, which runs through October 5th. It's amazing to me how this beautiful display of modern art came from China - a place with such a different government and culture as America.
I especially loved Sui Jianguo's The Sleep of Reason
, a room-sized installation depicting Mao asleep amidst a swirling mass of 20,000 brightly colored dinosaurs.
Who should go?
People who enjoy modern art and culture
The $3 audio tour for the Frida Kahlo exhibit is totally worth it.
Expanded Museum Summer Hours:
(June 14 - September 28, 2008)
Students (with current ID): $7.00
Thursday evenings (6pm-9pm) - Half-price admission
First Tuesday of each month - FREE
A special ticket, for $5, is required for admission to Frida Kahlo.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art website
151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103