San Francisco MOMA has Walker Evans photo exhibit

San Francisco MOMA has Walker Evans photo exhibit


Roadside shacks, garbage, circus wagons, subway riders and other ordinary folk: All were favorite subjects of Walker Evans, one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent photographers.

Those images are among 400 of Evans’ prints, paintings and personal items at a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibit was conceived as a 50-year retrospective highlighting the photographer’s fascination with popular culture as a celebration of the beauty in everyday life.

The show includes signs and postcards from his extensive personal collection. His most famous photo, shot in 1936, was of Allie Mae Burroughs, wife of a cotton sharecropper in Alabama.

The show debuted at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. San Francisco is the show’s sole U.S. venue, on view through Feb. 4.

YSL museum opens


The Yves Saint Laurent museum opened recently in Marrakech, the Moroccan city beloved by the late French designer.

The highly-anticipated opening comes soon after the inauguration of a museum dedicated to the fashion pioneer in his home city of Paris.

The Marrakech museum, designed by the French architectural firm Studio KO, sprawls across 43,000 square feet near the Majorelle Garden, which Yves Saint Laurent and his late partner, Pierre Berge, bought in 1980.

It features a permanent exhibit on the work of the prolific French couturier who died in 2008, and includes an exhibit hall, an auditorium, a library, a bookshop and a restaurant.

Associated Press

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