Links for May 15, 2016

SFMOMA’s reopening: a ‘game-changer for San Francisco’ – and contemporary art

Benezra talks of how big public art galleries have changed their role, from being “good stewards of the works of art in their custody” to more popular and fully public institutions, places where people come to meet and spend time. To reflect this, the new museum has more free-access space: the architects have knocked out the forbidding stairwell that dominated the old atrium to create a brighter entrance – where two enormous Julie Mehretu murals will eventually adorn the walls – and built a new wood, cantilevered “grand stair” that leads to an admission-free “art court”.

Meet Dr. Color: How Bob Buckter Repainted San Francisco

Another signature move is coloring the ground floor to a darker shade of the main body color, to make the base of the building feel more solid. “Architects use the illusion of something that is heavier, stronger, concrete block. … I like to think I take it another step further. Darker bottom, stronger, heavier. Outline the major trim. Post and beam, not going to fall over on me!”

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