Saturday, June 24, 2017

Revelation(s) -- Day 6/124

Walk: de Young Museum (Revelations: Art from the African American South)
Distance: 6.3 miles, yoga stretch

Mary T. Smith (1904-1955, Mississippi)  in her painting yard and Untitled, 1987, housepaint on board 

So, when Ciwt heard that the de Young Museum had acquired a large collection of African American Art from the South, her reaction was "Here in San Francisco?  Please, how patronizing can you get?" (Yup, true confessions, that's what she thought)  The show was proudly hung about a week ago, and today, expecting very little, Ciwt walked over to see it.  Within a few minutes she was on the verge of tears where she stayed throughout the entire exhibition.

Even if any of collection purchasers were the slightest patronizing, the pure Soul, bedrock authenticity and immediacy of each and every piece in the show overrides that or any cynical thoughts like Ciwt's in a nanosecond.  These artists are not crafting art to sell; they were and are standing in their backyards or sitting in their crowded sewing rooms communicating with their art, speaking through it - sometimes to humans, sometimes to God, much time to both.  These artists are "self-taught," "outsider," "naive" in art parlance - and their art is devastatingly powerful in person.

Even the quotes encountered throughout the show are killers.  Hear some of the hard truths of Thornton Dial (1928-2016, Alabama) : Art is like a bright star up ahead in the darkness of world.  It can lead people through the darkness and help them from being afraid of the darkness.  Art is a guide for every person who is looking for something.

The show is up until next April at which time the pieces will be integrated and rotated with the rest of the de Young's superb American Art collection.  Ciwt will be back often - so her readers will hear more about Revelations).


Friday, June 23, 2017

Morning Arises --- Day 6/123

Walk: Crissy Field, Kabuki Theater (Beatriz at Dinner)
Distance: 5 miles, small home yoga

Thursday, June 22, 2017

David and Goliath Revisited --- Day 6/122

Walk: Crissy Field
Distance: 3.5 miles, Home Yoga

Little Red Deck Plant vs. Bay Area Heat Wave

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hopper's Hands, Part Two --- Day 6/121

Walk: Goldsworthy Loop, Presidio
Distance: 3 miles, small home yoga

There's another part of the Hopper's Hands story which Ciwt just learned about (as well as has doubts about).  It concerns sign's connection, however unintentional, with the Golden Gate Bridge jumpers. Apparently Hopper has been among the ironworkers called upon to try to rescue prospective jumpers. As of three years ago he estimated he talked or wrestled down 30 people and lost two.  So now, according to some local runners and various online accounts, many people associate the Hopper's Hands sign with the real man's hands, reaching out to deter someone who has come to the bridge to jump.

Ciwt thinks this is sort of an urban legend.  Hopper himself feels people just sort of tied the sign and suicides together and says: "..When I put those hands up and the paws up, that was the furthest thing from my mind.  The hands sign is lots of things to many people.  Except that some people have made it a good thing about reaching out and stopping those people or whatever."

Ciwt still thinks of the hands as the turnaround place (which she sees now can be taken on several levels).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rising From The Mist --- Day 6/120

Walk: Crissy Field, PGCC Book Group (A Gentleman in Moscow)
Distance: 4.3 miles

When you walk/run Crissy Field in the morning, you head out toward the ocean and are completely absorbed by the shore and water activity.  Then you high five Hopper's Hands, turn around, and are startled anew each time to see San Francisco.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

(Arm)chair Traveling --- Day 6/119

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 2 miles, Small Home Yoga

When Ciwt would think about her life after Callie, she had some notion of spending something like an extended time abroad.  Now that the time is here, she thinks of possible places - then goes to You Tube.  What a resource for armchair traveling - even though Ciwt's office chair doesn't actually have arms!

Today she took a several hour Matisse pilgramage to all the places he lived and painted in: Bohain, Paris, Collioure, Nice, Vence.  And to the place, amazingly, he said he would have chosen to live his life if he had known it before he was an old man: New York City.  He was astounded by and deeply attracted to the Big Apple's energy.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pet Tree, Blue Sky --- Day 6/118

Walk: Crissy Field
Distance: 3 miles, Home Yoga

Another Marvelously Uncommon San Francisco Summer Day

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rare San Francisco Sighting --- Day 6/117

Walk: Crissy Field
Distance: 4 miles, Home Yoga

                  Perfectly blue sky - all day.