Archive of Museums

Puppets and pandas

on July 14th, 2015 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

  This summer is off to a unexpected start! I’ve been advising a good friend and colleague, Michael, on a new business he’s starting. It’s based here in Oakland but with an office in Taipei. He asked if I would go with him on his next trip, which was only…

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Explainers

on December 13th, 2013 in Brand and Business, Communication, Serendipity by | Comments Off

This weekend a friend was in town, and visitors are great prompts to do all the local things we don’t get around to — in this case, the new Exploratorium! Something that caught my eye is their name for exhibit guides: Explainers. It’s a miniscule detail compared to the immensity…

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Subversive landscapes

on May 25th, 2013 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

In the Hung Liu retrospective Summoning Ghosts at OMCA, her emotional, insightful paintings hold unmistakable power. But it was a room of tiny, impressionistic landscapes that riveted me. The room info reads: “In Maoist China, art was required to support revolutionary ideology and ‘serve the people, heart and soul.’ When…

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Back to 1968

on November 21st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The 1968 exhibit at OMCA is so packed with facts and experiences I needed a second visit to take it in. As years go, it’s hard to imagine many more momentous in modern U.S. politics and culture than 1968, considering the assassinations of King and Kennedy, a pivotal election, the Vietnam…

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What Do You Think?

on May 11th, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Over the past few years I’ve seen many museums trying to create reflective, interactive experiences for visitors. This is an important effort considering the pressures on museums as they fight for financial resources in a downturn, not to mention mind share in an age of digital entertainment. The effort is…

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Shanghai Exhibit

on August 18th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | Comments Off

This week I spent the day in the city with my parents, including a visit to the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. There was no photography allowed, so I couldn’t snap my favorite pieces to show here and I struck out finding them online as well: Shen Roujian,…

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Defining Art

on July 10th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Last weekend there was a highly critical article about the Chihuly exhibit at the De Young that really got my back up. The money quote: “The history of art is a history of ideas, not just of valuable property. Chihuly has no place in it, and the de Young disserves…

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Genius

on May 29th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Zhan Wang’s stainless steel sculpture of San Francisco was an impressive installation, even though it was hard to visually sort a sea of shiny stainless steel and in a few places it felt like the artist ran out of steam and just started throwing in extra tea kettles. What I…

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Glass Raindrops

on May 29th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The de Young and the Asian Art Museum are arguably the best art museums in San Francisco, although the bar is not as high here as I would like. The installation shown above is by Kiki Smith, and it was commissioned specifically for this space at the de Young. I…

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Genius

on May 17th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

I can’t wait to see this sculpture in person! The city of San Francisco, replicated in stainless cookware. What’s not to love? I especially love the interpretation of docks and piers. From the Asian Art Museum site: “For his exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, Wang has selected rocks from…

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