Three days because June wanted to see it three times. Don't ask. June likes to really examine things thoroughly.
It was a grand three days. We found San Francisco experiencing unseasonably warm and sunny weather, which made our travels about the city a joy.
We figured out the bus route to Golden Gate Park where the museum is. Here is June waiting for our bus. The bus route included a stop at the visitors center for the Golden Gate Bridge, so we were treated to this beautiful view on each trip. The bus was never crowded and we visited with nice people.
Since I only wanted to see the exhibit once, on the other two days I just hung around the museum—wandering through the gift shop and sitting in the sun outside the museum. The sun on my shoulders, the sound of birds and children playing across the lawn, were like springtime in January. Such a contrast to Portland's damp, gray cold. I could hear someone playing old jazz standards on a saxophone somewhere nearby and it was a bit like being in a movie with a lovely soundtrack. On our last day we met up with fellow "twelve" Karen Rips and her husband and a friend for lunch at the museum. They came up from the Los Angeles area to see the exhibit. What luck! Such good people.
One day we walked along a trail from Fort Mason to Fisherman's Wharf amidst cyclers and hikers and swooping gulls, window shopping along the touristy area, then trekking up the steep streets of San Francisco toward the neighborhood where we were staying. Near our hotel we had found a street of charming shops and restaurants. We ate well; we drank wine in the afternoon; we looked at art and we talked and laughed a lot. We declared ourselves the last living gluten-eaters in America and savored our good bread and pasta and snickerdoodles.
The exhibit was, indeed, a BIGGER exhibition with something like 400 pieces. A lot to take in, but a thoroughly rich and satisfying experience. Many of the paintings were huge. The one below (a favorite) is painted on 9 large panels and fills a wall. It would be impossible to try to describe the exhibit, except to say that it included paintings of landscapes and portraits, mind-bending videos, digital drawings using iPhone and iPad, charcoal drawings and water colors. A great diversity of work, yet there was a distinctive common thread running through it all. June decided it was all about the relationship between time and space and I have to agree.
If you have a chance to see the show before it closes in a couple days I recommend it. Go with a friend. Walk. Talk. Eat. Ride the bus. Drink wine. You will love it.