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 Tip: The $3 audio tour for the Frida Kahlo exhibit is totally worth it. Expanded Museum Summer Hours: (June 14 – September 28, 2008) Mon-Tues: 10am-5:45pm Wed: CLOSED Thursday: 10am-9:45pm Friday: 10am-5:45pm Sat-Sun: 10am-7:45pm Cost: Adults: $12.50 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 415.357.4000