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SF MOMA

An Art Detour

Story by Tony J. July 11th, 2016

Recently I stopped by California to see some friends.

The SF MOMA had re-opened not too long ago, we all decided to take a special trip to visit.

The uneven facade and organic contours delightfully stood against the monotonous downtown skyline.

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The grand seven storeys building invited us in.

It contained over 170,000 square feet of exhibition space.

This one of the largest in the US, and one the largest modern and contemporary art museums in the world.

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We explored, pondered and felt the pieces.

Occasionally I snapped a photo.

But mostly, we let our eyes record the moments.

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From time to time, I stood still in front of particularly interesting pieces.

Reading the description and then stepping back to view it in distance.

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Sometimes, the details would catch me first.

Then I’d be taken back by the grand scheme of things.

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Other times, I’d be drawn by the overall picture first.

Only to notice the painstaking process upon close examination.

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Light can both hide and reveal reality.

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In the quick shuttering and changing light source, the ball appears to be moving.

As if it’s a ball of liquid mercury, pulsating in mid-air.

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This piece below left a strong impression on me.

At this moment, I’m reminded that art exist to challenge people’s minds.

Even change their minds.
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The photography exhibits also left a strong impression on me.

Maybe it’s because I like to take photos too.

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This piece below is called “In Front of a Nightclub (2006)”, taken by Jeff Wall,

A large-scale photo that reminisce of large history paintings.

It was a great ending to our visit.

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Footnote: Photos taken with Canon 60D + a 50mm f1.4, and iPhone 6
San Francisco, CA, United States