SF MoMA

These photos are from my recent trip to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It was my first time back since it reopened in May 2016 after its three year long renovation. It took my mom coming for a visit from New York for me to finally go. I don’t know that I enjoy the museum any more now- it’s spread out over seven floors, has a lot of open space, more outdoor sculpture gardens, and, as I found out the hard way, no longer does free admission on the first Tuesday of the month. As a security personnel accurately advised me, the Tomás Saraceno Stillness in Motion: Cloud Cities exhibit was the best (shown in the 3rd photo) currently on view through May 21st. 

Resilient as F**k

ResilientAsFKHeader.jpgThis past weekend I checked out the event of an old acquaintance I knew from my work at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), Eri Guajardo Johnson. I heard about the event from following her on Instagram, where I saw that she was pursuing healing, holistic work and talked a lot about unicorns. I hoped that in going I might be able to connect with her in-person, and learn from and be inspired by her work. I had reached out to a number of friends to attend with me at Qulture Collective, a queer community space in Oakland that I hadn’t been to yet but had been wanting to check out, but they were all busy on Sunday afternoon. Admittedly, I was a little nervous going on my own- I felt a bit like the dorky kid who hoped to belong. Continue reading

OMCA’s All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50

‘We the People’ on view at All Power to the People

Excited to visit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for the first time, I got in touch with my friend, Beatriz, a member of their Día de los Muertos committee, as her second guest under her membership. We met by the chalkboard on a Sunday morning, and, after catching up, strode up to the entrance, membership card in hand. Continue reading

SF Open Studios- Weekend 4

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Last Saturday, with only a shoulder bag in tow, I hopped on my bike to cover some ground for SF Open Studios Weekend 4. The air was warm, especially for November, and I had hours to go until the studios closed for the day. It turned out going on the early side worked in my favor, because I got to spend time talking to the artists I visited before the turnouts increased. I’m always glad when I learn the story behind work (I guess that over letting ‘the work speak for itself,’ although they’re not mutually exclusive). Continue reading

SF Open Studios- Weekend 2

10635822_10100219103826055_1494688475219974253_nThis weekend I ventured around SoMA during a sunshower and a Worldseries game just blocks away for my first time at Art Span’s SF Open Studios. This annual event is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country. It’s 4 weekends long and features over 900 local artists in their studios. Continue reading

Photo Lecture at Harvey Milk Photo Center, Girls Zine from Photoworks

Thursday evening I went to the Harvey Milk Photo Center to attend their monthly lecture series showcasing local photographers and their work. I like that it feels pretty informal and personable and they always show a few different folks in a night.

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While I was there I got to check out Continue reading

4×5 Gallery- Closing This Month

Unfortunately, 4×5 Gallery is officially closing at the end of this month. I went to an exhibit opening there in April for the show Home, a group show that expressed varied interpretations of what ‘home’ means and looks like. But two months later, like many photographic spaces in the area, 4×5 will come to a close. I hear that there is a last event going on soon, so I’m keeping tabs on their Facebook page in the hopes of making it out.

'Home' opening in April at 4x5

‘Home’ opening in April at 4×5

I have been most drawn to the space because  Continue reading

Finding Vivian Maier

Since John Maloof first happened to acquire a box of Vivian Maier‘s negatives in a 2007 auction, more and more attention has gathered about the mysterious nanny who shot over 100,000 street photos. From Friday, April 11- Thursday, April 17 the 2013 documentary Finding Vivian Maier is showing at San Francisco’s Clay Theatre on it’s US tour. The documentary focuses not only on her work but also on her life after her death through research and interviews.

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I had a great Friday evening going to Clay Theatre to see the film screening that I had anticipated for several months since first learning about Vivian Maier through word of mouth. Her work is also currently showing in San Francisco and Berkeley, however I was most interested in learning about the story behind her work and about her life. The result was a really interesting documentary. Continue reading

BAM

I am excited to be expanding my blog to share about Bay Area art culture and community with which I participate! You can check out a little more about this on my updated About page. While I started dabbling with posting more than just my photographic work with some of my Alternative Process Prints from class within the past month, this is my first post about a really great museum trip! I’m glad to be branching out in this way because I think it’ll allow me to engage deeper with what inspires me on a given day and the art community I am creating for myself.

This month I got to visit The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM) for the first time. I went on their free day, the 1st Thursday of the month. I liked the feel inside- there was big, open space with natural light and gradual ascending balconies breaking up the work.

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Here you can see many of the stations, some of the balconies and the huge ongoing rug made out of crocheted fabric.

There was a few different exhibits going on, but the main one and by far my favorite was The Possible. According to Continue reading