The tables have turned: instead of telling you what we think about art shows, we're hitting the streets to find out what the beautiful people think. Kristin and I headed to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to revel in the Brazilian spirit of their latest exhibition, When Lives Become Form. Having recently won a bid for the Olympics (despite the magical powers of Oprah and Obama), Brazil is really hot right now and so are its artists. On opening night, movers and shakers took some time away from the impressive art collection and put down their Campari cocktails to share their thoughts on the exhibit.
Klover Kim pictured with Isabela Capeto's piece, Lucha Libre
"My next vacation destination I hope would be Brazil but this is the closest I can get to it right now, so I thought I'd come and pretend like I was there and get in the spirit."
"I'm excited about this show for lots of reasons. I was born in Brazil and my family is Brazilian and American. Growing up, art that was privileged most of the time was mainstream American or European art, and there are so many amazing, radical, experimental Brazilian artists that I only got to know in my 20s. Once I started doing actual research on them, it sort of opened a whole new world. I'm excited to see all this work here and also see what contemporary artists are doing. Unfortunately I don't get to go back to Brazil all that often, so it's nice to see artists I haven't heard about that are doing work in the city where I'm from and around the Bay Area."
"I've come to this show primarily so that I can get a sense of Brazilian culture through the eyes of my friend, she's studying Portuguese."
"I'm majoring in Brazilian studies so obviously this pertains to what I'm studying. My studies span literature, art, history and politics -- it's a broad spectrum of things."
Adal Castellon Jr. in front of Jum Nakao's video called Sewing the Invisible
"My favorite piece here is one that I'd already seen, it's a video of a fashion show where all the models tore off their dresses at the end of the show. I didn't know it was going to be part of this show but I just saw it and got goose bumps, and every time I see it I get goose bumps! Jum Nakao is the artist and he made a whole collection out of organic paper and had the models do a show. At the very end they all did the final catwalk and then turned around and started ripping off the clothes. That's always been my favorite one."