Richard Avedon and Secret Breakfast Ice Cream


While in San Francisco last week, I had a rare chunk of time free before my flight home.  Conveniently, my hotel was located next door to SFMOMA, so I decided to head over to check out the Richard Avedon photography exhibit and the new outdoor sculpture garden.

Richard Avedon with Twiggy, Paris studio, April 1967; © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation

Richard Avedon with Twiggy, Paris studio, April 1967; © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation

The only venue in the United States to host the Richard Avedon retrospective, SFMOMA’s exhibit showcases more than 200 photographs of well known politicians, artists, writers, fashion models, etc.  While all of the photos were amazing, I was particularly taken with his collection, In the American West. The series, commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum,  highlights individuals that caught Avedon’s eye while traveling the Western United States in the early 80’s. Subjects include bee keepers, oil workers, and young children. 

I just loved having the opportunity to see this exhibit – all of his photos are all incredibly real and honest. If you’re not able to check out the exhibit in person, I highly recommend you check out his retropsective online or in print.

While at the museum, I also wanted to check out the new rooftop Sculpture Garden, built ontop of the existing SFMOMA parking garage.  While the art was just great, my main interest was the newly opened Rooftop Coffee Bar.

Blue Bottle Coffee Bar, SFMOMA Sculpture Garden

Blue Bottle Coffee Bar, SFMOMA Sculpture Garden

The Cafe serves San Francisco cult favorite Blue Bottle  in custom designed Heath Ceramic cups (which I tried to take home, but the gift shop was sold out).  The Cafe also serves desserts designed by Caitlin Williams (a former co-owner of the famed miette patisserie) – mini works of art designed to look like museum pieces. (Coincidentally, Caitlin just married Blue Bottle’s CEO James Freeman – you can geek out on their wedding and coffee / dessert union here).  On the day I was there, they happened to be serving ice cream from the famed Humphry Slocombe.  The flavor of the day? Secret Breakfast, an unusual combo of bourbon and corn flakes.

Mondrian Cake at SFMOMA

Mondrian Cake at SFMOMA

It was quite possibly the perfect afternoon – stunning art, a beautiful sunny SF day, a Blue Bottle cappuccino (made only better by the absolutely gorgeous ceramics it was housed in) and ice cream.

One Response to “Richard Avedon and Secret Breakfast Ice Cream”

  1. kseverny Says:

    this looks delicious

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