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Like art, religion has been an attempt to find meaning and value in life, despite the suffering that flesh is heir to.
—  Karen Armstrong, British author and former nun (from “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art” at the CJM)
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

While in the past we’ve featured love letters to works of art on Valentine’s Day (see here and here), this year we wanted to express our heartfelt affection for the museums who have partnered with us while we’re on the go. Being a museum without a building could have turned into a lonely situation, but we’ve been lucky to work passionately on red-hot projects with institutions near and far, and have come to love who we are right now: a museum with a not-so-secret crush on our SFMOMA On the Go partners!

Big love to all the people and places that make the Bay Area arts community so sweet.

xoxo,

SFMOMA

I don’t think this boy realizes how much he means to me. It was amazing waking up to him with his arms warped around my waist and to be able to just look at him in his most innocent state. I took him in and was so proud of all the things he’s achieved and all the plans he’s made and all the beautiful thoughts he shared with me. I’ve never experienced someone so effortlessly talented and kind and generous. I want nothing more than to see him succeed in everything he does. I’m going to carry a piece of him in my heart forever because I truly believe everyone he comes into contact with becomes a better person and I want to be a part of that.

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz began taking pictures of clouds relatively late in life. In a 1923 letter, Stieglitz wrote, “I’m most curious to see what the ‘Clouds’ will do to you… Several people feel I have photographed God…The camera is really a wonder instrument—if you give it its chance.” 

Intrigued? Learn more about Stieglitz’s work on the Contemporary Jewish Museum's Beyond Belief website.

Image: Alfred Stieglitz, “Equivalent”, 1925, printed 1927. Gelatin silver print. 4 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. Collection SFMOMA, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Gift of Georgia O’Keeffe.