(The SF MoMA is highly symmetrical, as most photos show, but I did opt to choose varied angles for some images.)
|Geometry in space|
Looking out onto the atrium ceiling
A few days ago, I had the spontaneous treat of killing a few hours at the MoMA, one of my favorite museums in San Francisco. I was faced with a wasted day of bureaucracy involving 3 hours' waiting time between document drop off and pick-up. Fortunately, the MoMA was only a 5-minute cab ride away. I couldn't have been happier filling those 3 hours and wished it were 5 instead.
|Striped, black granite staircase |
opening up directly to the gallery
It turns out, this current structure, designed by the Italian Mario Botta, will be affected by the proposed Museum expansion. While change is often good, many are saddened by the removal of the monumental, granite staircase, central to the current museum experience as it guides visitors from floor to floor. However, the new plans (proposed by the architectural firm, Snøhetta) are shaping up to be an interesting abstract counterpoint to Botta's geometric forms.
|The ocular skylight, capturing blue sky |
and specks of light, high on top of the atrium
But what is a Museum's architecture for but to showcase great works of art? (Yes, yes, architects will argue that the architecture itself IS the work of art!)
|A visitor merges into a Mark Rothko painting|
architecturally framed by the track lighting
The MoMA was where I first experienced the magnificence of Rothko, the energy of Pollock, the abstractions of Diebenkorn.
|Views framed by the|
Clyfford Still gallery walls
|A Clyfford Still painting|
So, I got more than I bargained for on this paper-shuffling trip to San Francisco -- Architecture and Art, rolled up into one extraordinary package. Knowing now that the grand, central staircase is disappearing, I was also glad to have caught a self-portrait against its zebra walls. (I did get amused smiles being the only person facing into the wall while everyone else was walking down and away from it.)
|Me, in my '50s swing coat and ladylike purse|
My vintage style was perhaps incongruous to the surroundings
but it was the same period as the California Abstract Expressionists!
What is your favorite Museum?