Yesterday was a good day to be a member of the Museum of Modern Art. (Or the daughter of one.)
For only two days a year, the museum offers it's members 20% off in its gift store. If you've ever had the opportunity to visit the store, chances are you know why I think that's such a good thing. Together, my mother and I took off for a very special girls day in the city. Our primary goal was to find a few exceptionally well-designed gifts for some of the *little people* on our lists. Let's just say we were, uh, highly productive.
As if that wasn't rewarding enough, it just so happened that there were some incredible exhibits going on upstairs as well. (Although I can't wholeheartedly give a thumbs up to "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870". It was just a little too dark and depressing for my current Happy-Mama-Bear-O-Three state of mind.)
Here's what I most enjoyed:
Celebrating 75 years of modern art, SFMOMA displays over four hundred pieces of their collection that highlight important moments in the museums history.
A glimpse inside.
Could someone please explain why I like this piece so much? (Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988)
Stunning. (Barry McGee, Untitled, 1996/2009)
Always my first love, furniture.
With all due respect to one of my favorite artists, Wayne Thiebaud, this painting just cracks me up. Apparently I was only familiar with some of his work - the colorful paintings of ice cream cones, cake and bubblegum machines. Here is a whole new kind of *dessert* that I had not yet familiarized myself with. Needless to say, this painting was not included in my kids *Counting with Wayne Thiebaud* book.
The best part was discovering that the soon-to-open, "How Wine Became Modern" exhibit was actually open (for members only). Small but well done, a definite *must see*.
My mother interacts with an example of gooseberry overtones.
Some typewriters from "Dispatches From The Archives".
The newly opened rooftop sculptural garden where everyone must go for coffee and cake. The cafe's on-site pastry chef, Caitlin Williams Freeman, is the former co-owner of Miette Cakes and now has the dream job of designing desserts that draw inspiration from the art displayed within the museum walls.
Brilliant. Mondrian cake. Notice how it sits in front of a Wayne Theibaud inspired cake.
Best. Cappuccino. Ever. Can you see the little heart?
See that painting on the back wall? I frickin' love it. I'm going to draw inspiration from it. I'm going to really sit down and meditate on the emotional stimulation that its hues of spring time conjure up in me.
And then I'm going to run out to Michael's Art Supply and see if I can't buy the goods to make one just like it for my living room.
You know what Friday's are - they are FABULOUS! A Fabulous Friday means (homemade) dessert (if I can swing it). Yesterday, it was all about Kara's Cupcakes - forever a favorite.