San Diego

Visited friends in San Diego to escape Tucson’s hot hot hot weather.

Took the dogs for a walk on the beach in La Jolla.  Saw the beachfront home T. Boone Pickens bought for his wife Madeleine for $35M.  (It was hazy at the beach so the sky isn’t blue.) 

Noted contrasts such as this run-down house one step up from a trailer kitty corner from this McMansion.

Saturday my friend hosted a Red Hat luncheon.  This national group started with the poem “When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple” by Jenny Joseph:

When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me…

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

So the group does no charity work, and is not based on Higher Issues.  They just get together once a month for fun, wearing purple outfits and red hats (except in their birthday month, when the colors are reversed.)

Sunday we checked out the Museum of Contemporary Art.  The San Diego location had two small exhibits in the Jacobs Building, formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building. I like this one – Jennifer Steinkamp’s “Madame Curie”, a panoramic video projection, from seven synchronized projections onto three walls of the 4,500-square-foot gallery, of a field of moving flowers rendered realistically.  If you stare at one flower as the video scrolls and repeats, you get the feeling of surf, of water movement.

At the La Jolla location, interesting outdoor sculptures.  Here a Goldsworthy (my favorite) and the canoes. 

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, “Pleasure Point” is an accumulation of rowboats, canoes, jet skis, and surfboards. Attached to the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla and cantilevered above the heads of viewers, Nancy Rubins’ gravity-defying sculpture is held together under tension through welds and wire.

The show inside was “High Fidelity” which featured selections from the sixties and seventies – a lot of huge color field paintings (and minimalism, pop art, assemblage) that I was not allowed to photograph.  The guards knew quite a bit about the works and acted almost as docents.  Loved that.

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