I should preface this by letting you know that I am not the world’s biggest modern art fan (eye rolls at the blank canvas with one stripe across it). However, when presented with an afternoon at the recently renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, I couldn’t pass it up.
I would highly recommend setting aside a weekend afternoon to stroll through the MoMa — it’s the largest art museum in the Bay Area with seven floors of exhibitions.
We started on the 7th floor and worked our way down. Here are some of my top picks:
+The Living Wall: The largest living wall in the United States and comprised of 38 different species of flora (20,000 individual plants!) — snap a pic and stroke the (literally) furry wall.
+The Warhol Room: Even the most art illiterate can appreciate this iconic mid-century artist’s work (think bright colors and images of American pop culture — Dolly Parton was my fave).
+The Oculus Bridge: Matrix-sounding name and vertigo inducing height, looking down on the lobby below.
+Typeface to Interface: Perfect for typography and font nerds, a collection of graphic design from the 1950s and on (and the moment I promised myself to finally learn how to use InDesign).
+Start Swimming - Doug Aitken
There are so many interesting pieces interspersed throughout the museum — even if you’re a “I could do that”/A monkey could do that” modern art viewer, the museum is worthwhile, simply for gazing at something new and refreshing (especially after a long week of spreadsheets and emails).
Tips and Tricks:
+Get there early to ensure you can see it all — we arrived at 3 pm and it closes at 5 pm, giving us a little over 20 minutes per floor (not enough).
+Use the SF MoMa app — an immersive, guided tour straight from your phone.
+Come hungry (and thirsty) — there’s a Sightglass Coffee, In Situ Cafe (with acclaimed Chef Corey Lee), and Cafe 5 located on the Sculpture Terrace.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103