It is quite a disservice to any museum, but especially one as rich (defining rich here not just by the collections, but the thinking that went into the design) as the San Francisco MOMA to pick just a few things as highlights. Isn’t beauty in the eyes of the beholder? What holds appeal to me may not be “the” thing that attracts another person. However, given that this was love at first sight, I can’t help but gush about a few things that struck me. So here in no particular order, is a photo essay (with captions) capturing how the SF MOMA wooed me over.
The magnificent Richard Serra sculpture “Sequence” set up beautifully.
Ever get lost in museums trying to find a collection? Prime real estate on elevator doors gets converted into guide maps!
You may not be able to catch the “Scream” but there are plenty of other ways to get to know Edward Munch.
The fluid way in which the wavy wall meets the lit up ceiling.
The dramatic entrance that invites you to fall in love at first sight.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s floating porcelain bowls are a sight to behold and music to the ears!
Coffee anyone? Only a museum can arrange the accompaniments like the perfect still life composition.
I don’t remember being this excited to go to the bathroom! Each floor is done up in a different bold color.
The multitude of windows with views.
It was the day of the total solar eclipse and I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to ponder the universe!
Pick up all you need to know about the SF MOMA here.
This visual, The world is my oyster, captures how my travels have shaped my personality and bring to the surface a story which is uniquely me. Throughout my seventeen blessed years of life, I’ve been fortunate to see more than many are in the position to do in their entire life. From the pristine crafting of the artifacts in the Emperor’s Palace in Beijing to the geometric perfection of the Great Pyramids of Giza, my travels were a lesson in art’s role in shaping our society and world over generations. Travel was the seed that sparked my passion for art, and then became my opportunity to curate and critique my own creations. My travels have, most importantly, given me the ability to explore myself and my place in this world. This project was created entirely in Photoshop. With a multi-year trove of pictures, it was not only difficult to pick the perfect photos, but also a painstaking task to have these images come together to create the final portrait of me!
Contributed by Sara Genene
Today we bring you another compelling reason to visit Addis Ababa – Shopping!!
Addis Ababa is home to the largest open market in Africa called Merkato and other colorful markets and souvenir shops where you can find the real feel of Ethiopia. Take a look at these pictures and you’ll encounter the ultimate visual treat in armchair travel and inspiration.
Simply Addis Ababa is shoppers’ paradise, where you can find aromatic Ethiopian spices, collectable silver spoons, Ethiopian crosses, ivory, leather products, Ethiopian traditional clothing and so much more.
Ethiopian handicrafts are unique and expressive; almost each item has a story behind it.
Each region in Ethiopia tends to specialize in particular hand-made products that have been handed down over generations.
And it is in Addis Ababa’s colorful markets where you can find it all together.
It is just impossible to come to Addis Ababa and return home…
PS from Lakshmi: A few years ago I happened to hear Liya Kebede, the famous Ethiopian model speak about her passion for traditional Ethiopian weaving and how her interest sparked a whole business to empower locals and sell things made in her home country. For those unable to visit Ethiopia, you can take yet another virtual journey through the country’s offerings at Liya’s website at http://www.lemlem.com/