Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure


This post is in response to the  Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

Sequence, by Richard Serra, 2006, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sequence, by Richard Serra, 2006, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The SFMOMA has just reopened after three years of renovation.  As a member of SFMOMA for many years,  I am very excited of its new look and expansion. Due to work, I was only able to visit the museum twice on Thursday nights.  Both visits were very satisfying.  I had time to walk inside the Sequence last Thursday. It was a very special experience.  It seemed walking into a maze without corners.  There was some similar feeling of walking in meditation along the Labyrinth of the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (http://www.gracecathedral.org/our-labyrinths/), a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220.

Actually when this massive artwork was in New York MOMA, I had seen it and walked along it as well.  It was nearly 10 years ago.  Interesting that when it was moved to Stanford where it stayed from 2011 to 2015, I never had the chance to revisit it.  This time in SFMOMA, the revisit had brought me a refreshed impression with some sense of purified experience.  As Serra said in one of those interviews on YouTube, there is no right or wrong idea about the sculpture.  It really depends on the viewer’s own experience.  Try it yourself.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Adelaide says:

    It reminds of the permanent installation at Guggenheim museum at Bilbao, Spain. And a few clicks on Google confirms both pieces are by the same artist Richard Serra. Thanks for sharing!

    1. friendlytm says:

      Thank you Adelaide. I did see a similar work by Richard Serra in Bilbao too. But I never saw it from a higher point like this one in SFMOMA.

  2. Must be amazing. I’ve only ever visited a few meuseums in London but would love to see more.

    Have a spectacular day! 🙂

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