a tale of a few cities

Peter Combe, James Marshall’s Haas Atrium at SFMOMA

Posted in architecture, Art, Painting, Photography by petercombe on July 13, 2010


Kerry James Marshall; Visible Means of Support: Mount Vernon, 2009; acrylic latex on canvas, (photos, Peter Combe, 2010)


Specially commissioned for SFMOMA, Kerry James Marshall’s monumental murals in the Haas Atrium show Mount Vernon and Monticello, the estates of American presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Although these cherished sites have been depicted countless times, Marshall’s paintings stand apart by incorporating images of the slaves who supported plantation life. At first glance, a number of optical tricks conceal them from view, but visitors who engage in the artist’s visual game will discover figures that are so often omitted from representations of American history.


I shot these photos on a recent visit to SFMOMA. The museum’s interior has the most interesting architectural vantage points that never cease to offer interesting photographic compositions.

Haas Atrium >


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  1. N Roulette said, on July 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this by myself.

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