Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Got to the Getty
It was a rainy day today and we went to the Getty Museum-- hadn't been there in years. We saw a show of plein air painters circa 1820, a Russian avant garde book art show from the 1910's, and best of all a big show called "Dialogue among Giants" showcasing the work of early California photographer Carleton Watkins, whom I'd never heard of. The picture above is one of seven in a locked tight panoramic series of San Francisco in 1856. The prints are HUGE and hung side by side. Even though I haven't been back to San Francisco in about 25 years, I could recognize parts of the city, and this is all before the earthquake.
There was an incredible shot of a ship wreck perched on the beach below where the various Cliff Houses have stood, from the 1850's. It was a tall ship with sails, and the most amazing picture. Unfortunately they don't have that posted on the Getty site. Our pal Linda would have been especially amazed because this is where she jogs.
Later we went to the fancy restaurant at the museum and had a very nice lunch. I had a pasta dish with lobster, squash, green beans, apples, and truffle cream. Sounds peculiar but it worked. They had the weirdest martini submenu inside the main menu, including one that was made with pumpkin pie filling and whipped cream. euw.
Posted by Sally at 6:02 PM