That child is long gone. Now I know exactly what to expect every time I cross the Golden Gate... San FranCISCOOOOO!!! Yes, I get excited. Extremely exicted, I love that town. This was an especially exicting trip to San Francisco because my Grandma decided that instead of taking me on the 49-Mile Scenic Drive we were going to the Picasso exhibit at the de Young Museum.
After a short drive from G-ma's house in Petaluma, CA, we made it to the good 'ole Golden Gate Bridge. It wasn't the best day for taking photos, and it was pretty chilly for July in San Fran, but that did not cloud my excitement for the de Young.
|Driving across the Golden Gate bridge, no I wasn't driving... thankfully.|
|Standing in front of the de Young taking a photo of the California Academy of Sciences.|
|Close-up of The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences|
|Mom and I goofing off before going into the de Young.|
We had a bit of time to kill before the Picasso exhibit which gave me a great excuse to check out the rest of the museum. The artwork below is by Gerhard Richter. Finished in 2004, this piece was commissioned as the central focus at the heart of the public entrance to the museum. This photo mural is one of the largest and most significant projects Gerhard Richter has ever accomplished.
|Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) Strontium, 2004 |
130 C-Print photographs mounted on aluminum
|Cribbage board (fish), ca. 1920|
Alaska, Nome, Eskimo (Walrus tusk, pigment, and baleen)
...and I thought bead-weaving was tedious, can you imagine carving that?
|Pottery from New Mexico|
|Reflections... (I'm taking the photo and grandma is on my right)|
|Dale Chihuly (b.1941), Green Leaf Venetian, 1990 (Blown Glass)|
|I didn't realize I had taken so many unintentional photos of our reflections. |
(That's my dress and shiny sandals in the middle and grandma on my right, again.)
|Mary Ann (Toots) Aynsky (b. 1951) Sopratutto, 2007|
(Fused and thermoformed glass threads)
|Mom pointed out the reflection on the ceiling; do you see it? |
|Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) Italo Scanga (b. 1932) |
Rover's Garden Grows, 1991 (mixed media)
|A view from the top |
|Honda Syoryu (b.1951) Aurora, 2006 (Madake, rattan)|
A kind of weaving I can not wrap my head around. I think I'll stick to beads.
|Mosaic figure - Peru, Huari culture, A.D. 600-900 |
(Wood, bitumen, various shells, bone, hammered silver, jadeite)
This extraordinary object was a burial offering for a high-ranking individual.
|Shiny things!!!! (from various locations and time periods in Peru, Columbia, and Panama)|
|300 B.C. - A.D. 300??? What beauty our ancient civilizations |
were capable of! I can only imagine the minimal amount
of tools they had to complete something like this.
It was finally time to go into the Picasso exhibit! Photos were not allowed and I didn't think to take photos of the entrance, but I thought I would give you guys a visual thanks to the sites listed below.
|Photo courtesy of Luxe-Gifts.com|
|Photo courtesy of saycities.com|
What an INSPIRING exhibit! while in the exhibit I learned that there were many African masks on display elsewhere in the de Young that heavily influenced Picasso's style. Then I was off to find them!
A few things I found along the way:
|Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) Three Machines, 1963 (Oil on canvas)|
I had a bubble gum machine as a little girl that reminded me of the one in this photo.
|George Herms (b. 1935) The Meat Market 1960-1961 (mixed media)|
|Al Farrow (b. 1943) The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007|
(guns, bullets, shots, steel, glass, tooth, bone and 15th-century fabric)
|Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1943) Table Lamp ca. 1905|
|Slit-drum - Papau New Guinea, Malenesia, East Sepick,|
Maramba people 20th Century (Wood, pigment)
Finally, I found the African masks! The few pictures you saw above does not represent the hour or two I spent looking while my grandma was patiently waiting on the benches you saw in the Richter photo earlier.
|Headdress - Guinea, Baga People|
Early 20th Century (Wood)
Weighing more than fifty pounds, the Baga Nimba mask is worn on the shoulders of a Simo society dancer in celebration of the rice harvest.
|By the look on Mom's face I would say she is appalled by those breasts.|
I can definitely see where Picasso gets the inspiration for his paintings.
|Helmet mask - Mozambique, Makonde people|
Early 20th Century (Wood, beeswax, hair)
|Ceremonial fan for Oshun - Nigeria, Yoruba people|
Early 20th century (Cloth, beads, cowrie shells)
|Dance Panel - Nigeria, Ibadan or Ifa, Yoruba people|
Early 20th century (Textile, glass beads)
|Robert Doisneau, Pablo Picasso in a peplos (classical costume)|
Chateau de Vauvenargues, 1963
|Unidentified photographer, Display of sculptures on the stairs at La Califonie|
Cannes, ca. 1955
|Bye for now San Francisco!|
Back to Grandma's house we go.
Many thanks go to my Grandma Breese for a wonderful day at the museum. I had an awesome time and was (and still am) inspired by that day. I started to include my notes from the audio tour while at the Picasso exhibit, but this post woudl just be way too long (it's already a bit long... eek!).
Before too much longer there will be a new post "Inspired by Picasso" that will include notes and links to the different art I saw while at the Picasso exhibit. Check back soon!