With much anticipation, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art finally made its grand debut just a few weeks ago, after a major, three year expansion project. Inspired by the surprising combinations curated in new Curate snack bars, I played hooky midweek to explore curation at its best. I had the privilege of previewing the 10 story addition before it officially opened its doors to the public and I must say, it gave me a whole new appreciation for contemporary art and modern architecture. I minored in art history in college but admittedly, modern art was never my favorite. My focus was primarily on the periods between Baroque and Post-Impressionism; and Surrealism was as far present as I really wanted to explore. So you can imagine what an expected surprise it was to fall in love with the SFMOMA. The new museum is an absolute experience through and through. I just loved how the architecture lends itself to engagement and exploration with the art itself. Between gazing up at the largest living wall in the country, rambling through Richard Serra’s mammoth spiraling sculpture, crossing the underbelly of an oculus, and standing in an octagonal gallery displaying the works of artist Agnes Martin, there’s a chance for everyone – whether you know much about art or not – to experience art. I’m so thrilled about this rediscovery and can’t wait to carve time out of my schedule to revisit and just take time to chill and take it all in again.
It was the fantastical voyage to the sky and sea, in French cinematographer George Méliès‘ A Trip To the Moon, that inspired Joseph Font‘s celestial and oceanic themes in his first ever resort collection. Star and fish motifs adorned architectural dresses, intarsia knitwear, voluminous coats and structural blouses; and vivid colors like blue, green and yellow contrasted beautifully against pretty pale hues. Dreamy, as usual . . .
Erik Johansson doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas. The photographer, digital artist, and all around creative genius uses all kinds of mediums and materials to make his ideas come to life in an image. The names of each work are quite literal and self explanatory, like Soundscape to Impact and Cutting Dawn. If you have a moment, check out his process in the video below – you’ll see what an arduous technique it takes to produce a single work. I suppose it’s why he only creates 6-8 images a year!
Designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim are only into their third collection under their label Monse, however, the Oscar de la Renta alums have already made an impression with the refreshing way in which they’ve deconstructed men’s shirting and fabric into bold and glamorous pieces. Naturally, they’ve continued their signature deconstruction for resort – this time introducing khaki gabardine and colorful silks. Trench like silhouettes are twisted, wrapped, cinched and oversized. And patterned silks are patched together to create blouses with extra large cuffs and gowns that feel relaxed and cool. Monse. So good. Don’t forget it.
When an artist’s medium involves a florescent spectrum of sugar, glitter, candy, pom poms, pipe cleaners, and washi tape, you know it’s going to be magical. Australian artist Tanya Schultz, who works under the pseudonym Pip & Pop, meticulously creates her fantastical, utopian wonderlands all over the world. Her mini landscapes are installed on the floors of buildings and galleries and are entirely three dimensional. I’m intrigued by the intricate layering of colored sugar to create flawless patterns. I would just love to see one of her installations in person – and I think Willy Wonka would certainly love it too, don’t you?