I went to the De Young Museum to see three amazing special exhibits:
Maya Lin Systematic Landscapes
Walking through the landscapes Maya Lin constructed for the museum’s interior rooms was amazing. One landscape was a replica of the Rocky Mountains made of particle board and separated so that the viewer can see layers created by the boards. A child ran ahead of me and immediately dashed up and down the aisles of the exhibit, full of joy. This is how art should be experienced: viscerally!
I felt awe as I walked beneath a wire replica of another landscape, this one suspended from the ceiling and nearly touching the walls of its room. I felt transported, and at the same time more aware of the topography of earth and ocean.
The tiny landscapes Maya Lin carved in old atlases were a marvel.
The Asian/American/Modern Art exhibit was exhilarating. I loved the photographs from the first half of the 20th century, before the Japanese American photographers had their cameras confiscated during WWII when they were interned.
Another favorite was a hand-colored portrait taken by Isabelle May Lee of May’s Photo Studio of San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1923.
The vivid colors of many of the paintings transported me with their beauty.
Walking through the exhibit, I felt inspired. This exhibit is a life-altering experience, an affirmation of the power of art to transcend the mundane, to transport me to another realm, to aspire to new creations.
I am left with new respect for green, gold, yellow, black ink, Noguchi’s blank spaces, scrolls, and shadow.
Yves Saint Laurent
In a word: fabulous!