Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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The New Yorker!!

The New Yorker this week has a glowing, and I mean glowing, review of the architect and the new De Young museum in San Francisco. I almost had to put on my sunglasses to shield my eyes from the blaze of praise. The members of my book group have an array of opinions on the building, so we will go as a group, and again, check it out. The one who most liked it has a strategy which we will utilize. Get in line 20 minutes before the museum opens, and scoot into the elevator so you are lifted into the tower without waiting in line. That ensures you are up there with only 6 or 7 other people, rather than the hordes which mean your view is augmented or distracted, depending on how you view art, by other bobbing heads. I still find it suspect that such a tactic is needed to truly appreciate the view, and I am happy to be there at 9:10 to be in line for the opening of the doors.

We discussed how using Swiss architects means we now have a world-class museum. I still feel San Franciscan architects might have better understood the scale of our tiny jewel, and I am happy to return for a new view. As the article by Paul Goldberger explains, the new museum replaced "a grandiose, Spanish-colonial structure." Somehow, I never saw the old one as grandiose, and I loved how I felt inside. As I recall, the Spanish were once here in a way not so beneficial to the natives, so, perhaps, the neutral Swiss are the ones to now make the mark.
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