Founded in 2010 by Andrew and Mary Pilara, Pier 24 is a non-profit museum and exhibition space dedicated solely to photography. It’s a massive space in an historic building nestled right below the Bay Bridge, and I have somehow managed to ignore it for the last ten years of living in San Francisco. A terrible mistake. This place is amazing.
Admission is free, by appointment. (Do it. Make an appointment. NOW.) The by-appointment bit makes for an open, airy, and quiet space free of the rather opressive crowds you can run into at other Bay Area museums. Here, you can spend as long as you like contemplating art and stroking your chin thoughtfully. Each appointment lasts two hours, so you can really get in there with that chin-stroking. For reals.
Anywho, earlier this week I headed on down to see Pier 24’s current exhibit The Grain of the Present, featuring ten photographers at the heart of the Pilara Foundation collection – Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hill Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henrey Wessel, and Garry Winograd – plus the work of six contemporary photographers: Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska can der Molen, and Vanessa Winship.
Behind the cut, a whole slew of my favorite images from the exhibit.
Oils on canvas by Conrad Jon Godly
Some extremely useful Bingo cards for a day full of conference calls and meetings.
If you’re one of the lucky folks who hardly ever have work meetings, we salute you. Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it right. Live the dream for all of us!
If, unfortunately, your calendar is wall-to-wall conference calls, Google hangouts, Skypes, in-person “pow-wows,” or whatever VR/AR/hologram group-communication technology the kids are into these days, please don’t despair. We made you some Conference Call/Meeting Bingo Cards.
They won’t solve the problem of too many meetings, but maybe they’ll make them a smidge more bearable? Maybe even a little fun? Perhaps you’ll look at them and think, “Ah, yes! I thought I was the only one, but another knows my pain. The burden is shared and therefore lessened.”
Please enjoy them with our compliments.
As with all Print & Play projects, if you send us a pic of your participation, you’ll be entered to win…
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A Sunshine Holiday by William Blake
Seated Figure of Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo