A Retrospective of the Paintings of Joan Mitchell

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The SFMOMA retrospective, Joan Mitchell San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) currently has an exhibit on Joan Mitchell (September 2021 – January 2022) called Joan Mitchell: A Life Lived through Color. It traces the evolution of her art over 50 years from 1940 through her death in the 1990s. Abstract Expressionism Joan Mitchell was [Read more …]

Seattle Museums

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Seattle has some interesting museums that one can visit. On our 2021 visit to the city, we took advantage of some current exhibits. Seattle Art Museum (SAM) The Seattle Art Museum has almost 25,000 works of art dating from antiquity to the present. On our 2021 visit to the museum, it was showcasing a Monet [Read more …]

Tacoma Washington’s Art Scene

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Tacoma’s Glass Art Scene Tacoma Washington used to be known for its major railroad terminal and its huge, smelly copper smelter. It has always lived in Seattle Washington’s shadow. It has, however, largely cleaned up its act and is working to reinvent itself as an art town. Much of this art rests on the fame [Read more …]

Exploring Juneau Alaska

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We ended a 7 day 8-night boat cruise through the Alaska Inner Waterways by disembarking in Juneau. We were last in Juneau in 2011 when we: Explored the downtown area in-depth (and when Juneau has more tourists) Learned more about salmon and Took some day trips from Juneau. This trip was a slightly different experience [Read more …]

Calder and Picasso

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Calder and Picasso The deYoung Museum in San Francisco currently has an interesting special exhibit that traces the parallels between Calder and Picasso. Calder and Picasso were among the most innovative and influential artists of the first three decades of the 21st century. Pablo Picasso was 18 years older than his contemporary, Alexander Calder. The [Read more …]

Exploring San Diego Neighborhoods

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San Diego California in on the Pacific Ocean coast and is next to the United States–Mexico border. Since it was the first site where Europeans settled on the west coast, it is called the Birthplace of California. San Diego has lots of interesting neighborhoods to keep a visitor occupied. Gaslight Quarter The Gaslight District is [Read more …]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts—Opens, then Closes

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San Francisco was one of the first cities to shut down during the pandemic. For those of us who love museums, gathering with friends, going out to dinner, it was hard. But it was also an important thing to do to stop COVID. Then finally, a glimmer of hope after a very long wait. San [Read more …]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts—Opens, then Closes

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San Francisco was one of the first cities to shut down during the pandemic. For those of us who love museums, gathering with friends, going out to dinner, it was hard. But it was also an important thing to do to stop COVID. Then finally, a glimmer of hope after a very long wait. San [Read more …]

Levi Strauss as America’s Fashion Arbiter

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You probably have owned a pair of levi jeans at some point in your life. You may even have them on or in your closet right now. But do you know the history behind the jeans? And do you know how the Levi Strauss company has a pattern of identifying, shaping and positioning its humble [Read more …]

Amsterdam Museums

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Amsterdam has literally hundreds of museums. We had time to visit only five. You can find another perspective of Amsterdam museums on some previous blogs written by a guest contributor who spent a month in Amsterdam. Rijks Museum The Rijks Museum is Amsterdam and The Netherlands’s most important museum. It has a huge collection that [Read more …]