I had the great pleasure of joining my friend and colleague, Kevin Koerner, today at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A buddy of his, Jaime Caban, is an executive assistant to the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs there and we were invited to come see the latest exhibit: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
What I DIDN'T expect was when Jaime asked us if we'd like to take a quick tour of the archive rooms and staff work areas hidden throughout the building. Wow...all I can say is, "What a treat that was"! (as if the show wasn't enough). The minute we stepped behind the 'closed doors' it was like entering another world. I wish I could remember the names of all the people we met and the conversations about upcoming exhibits, staffers joking about narrowly avoided installation and delivery disasters from the past...you know, the kind of stuff one might expect museum curators to chat about around the water cooler.
The current show: The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is truly a 'must see' for all lovers of Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, (among others). The exhibition runs from May 21st through September 6th, 2011.