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Burning MOMA

2005-09-19 03:56:39.614652+00 by meuon 2 comments

Sean, Lia, Nancy and I made it to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art today. Lia is an art/architecture/design kind of person and it's one of her favorite places. - Nancy and I have both had our senses of art tweaked by Burning Man, and had a lot of fun there. Yes, we found things we liked... a little true awe at some artists works. But we also saw a lot of stuff that belonged on the Playa, only it would have had to be better constructed to hold up, and it would have to be better art to be noticed above the background noise art at Burning Man. Big differences: At MOMA, just because the art is obviously functional and has a crank handle to make the orbs rotate does not mean you should even consider cranking the handle. In fact, just examining the mechanism closely gets one of the many 'monitors' watching everyone like a hawk to grow a third eye that tracks your every move until you leave their 'security zone'.

At the Burn, or even LEAF, such things are there for you to play with appropriately. At MOMA, you can't even take a picture of the 'nameplate/description' so that you can easily look up the artist you liked when you get home.. because a photo of that white paper printout with the artists name and textual description of the item might be misconstrued as "art". That leaves me posting the great artistic pic of the day as: "Pregnant" Nancy and Lia in San Francisco.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-19 04:01:57.192826+00 by: meuon

Relax: Nancy's not really pregnant, she just stuffed my jacket under her shirt and was waddling like Lia.. It was hilarious.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-19 04:20:58.583903+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've been disappointed by a few exhibits at SFMOMA, the Ansel Adams[Wiki] exhibit had commentary by someone who'd never bothered to read his autobiography, and after the show I walked up to a gallery I knew on Geary and talked to them a bit to show 'em I was knowledgeable, and shortly thereafter was looking at far better prints than the museum was exhibiting.

And the burn and hanging around in that community has definitely recalibrated my notion of art. On the other hand, I've yet to see anything as... well... whatever it is as Jeff Koons' portrayal of Michael Jackson and Bubbles on the playa.