Imagine trying to keep track of an energetic preschooler at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art on a rainy holiday when the outdoor spaces where kids usually can run around are closed. Now throw in Richard Serra’s enormous labyrinth (an astounding piece called Sequence created in 2006) with its 13-foot-high walls, and you’ve got a recipe for losing your child. There was cackling (isn’t it fun to run away from mommy?!), followed by howling (OMG WHERE IS MY MOMMY). Mr. Serra did not have us in mind when he built this one, unless he’s got a wicked sense of humor.
It was the President’s Day holiday and we needed to get out of the house, and I’m glad we did, and that I finally got to see the refurbished MOMA after had been closed for three years for a $610 million facelift. Next time, though, it will be an adult occasion.
The payoff was the salmon and kale salad (for me) and the gorgeous chocolate cake (for Frida) that we enjoyed after. Oh, and the moment when Frida stood before an original work by her namesake for the first time. That was pretty awesome too.