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Public Art

by Katia Savchuk

This past weekend, six San Francisco museums welcomed visitors free of charge courtesy of Target.  At the Museum of Modern Art, the open-door policy transformed the galleries' typical contemplative stillness to an informal, even irreverent experience. There was no shushing, and the guards had their hands full convincing parents that white stacked cubes were not a jungle gym. A life-sized gold statue of Michael Jackson with a monkey drew more attention than the museum's centerpiece Matisse.  Purists may have been miffed, but the open flow from street to museum made the collections accessible not only by removing fees but by allowing a light, quotidian experience of art.

Credits: Photos by Katia Savchuk.