Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Perfect Day

My first day in San Fransisco was wonderful. I might even say, it was my idea of a perfect day. After having a healthy and complete breakfast of a gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate banana cream pie, I walked up to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and it was spectacular! I have to admit that I loved the alone time. I don't know anyone else who would have gone along with my sugary breakfast, my carrying a map and camera all over the city and stopping any time I wanted to take a picture, nor do I know anyone else who would walk into yet another bakery. I am insufferable I know, it's a problem.

After the museum I went back to my hotel, got all prettied up and went to an economics lecture with Spencer, also spectacular. His professor gave a lecture on utility and how to calculate it, in other words, how to calculate how much satisfaction you get based on how risk adverse or risk loving you are. I thought it was riveting.

The museum featured "The Stein Collection" which was a collection of art that Gertrude Stein and her siblings collected and promoted over their lives. The collection included Picasso, Mattice, and Renoir. Some even say it was Gertrude that made them famous. The exhibit included photos of her office and her lunching with Picasso. Unfortunately, the museum wouldn't let me take any photos of the entire collection. I swiped these from the Internet, they were some of the more popular ones.

Matisse, "Woman with a Hat"

Hans Purrman, "Still life of Fruit"


These are actual photos I took in the museum, I didn't get the name of the artist.

But this was my favorite, I enjoyed this exhibit more than the Stein Collection.

I had to wait about 20 minutes before they would let me into the Stein exhibit so I went to see the "Face of our Time" exhibit, all photographs taken in war-torn countries and some by a man named Jim Goldberg. His goal was to give a face and voice to the refugees in socially and economically devastated countries in Africa. His work was breathtaking. You can't tell from my photo, this print hangs at about 5ft in the museum.


Mama Nirvana said...

I love museums and art of all kinds. I also love being alone and eating lots of pastries -- so your day sounds like my perfect day too. I went to Maui last week, and that was pretty perfect too, but I wouldn't mind a museum trip.

jww said...

Okay, that DOES sound like a perfect day!!! Bakeries, walking with a camera, and a museum of art. I hope you get to go to the Palace of the Legion of Honor while you're there. The museum is GREAT, but the location is just as good. SF Bay is so beautiful.